UYC’s Walks: Tribeca

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I’m so excited to do my first neighborhood walk for the blog!  Probably not surprisingly, for my first one I’ve chosen an area that I know very well, and that I will also say is very near and dear to my heart: the beautiful and lovely neighborhood of Tribeca.  For the last four years, Tribeca has been my home—or maybe half my home, since I am right on the border of the Financial District.   And it really feels like home to me, more so than any other place I’ve ever lived.  So I’m delighted to take you on a tour of my favorite spots and under-the-radar gems.

Starting point

 Take the 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge or the 2/3 to Park Place.  Once you get aboveground, head toward the Brooklyn Bridge for one of the best walks the city has to offer.  Since I promised under-the-radar gems, I should acknowledge that this is obviously not one of them—but it is one of my favorite things to do in the neighborhood, and probably the one that makes me feel the luckiest to live where I do.  Make sure you stop to take pictures of both the Lower and Upper Manhattan skylines when you get closer to the Brooklyn side—they are quite stunning.

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On any other day I’d tell you to follow the bridge all the way into Brooklyn and get yourself a slice of pizza.  But since my job today is to take you on a neighborhood walk I’m going to tell you instead to turn around when you get to the other side and come back into Manhattan.  Once you’re on concrete again, head to Pisillo on Nassau and Ann Street to pick up what I assure you will be one of the best sandwiches you will ever have.  Pisillo is an authentic Italian panini shop—meaning, they don’t use a press, just fresh bread and ingredients—and all of the ingredients and condiments are imported from Italy.  The sandwich menu is ginormous—over 30 different varieties—and there is something for everyone.  I myself am partial to the Firenze, made with roasted chicken breast, provolone, roasted peppers, and arugula–but really, you can’t go wrong with any of the options.

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Make sure you get your sandwich to go, because now you’re going to head to Rockefeller Park for a picnic lunch.  Rockefeller Park is one of my favorite places in the neighborhood.  I can’t tell you how many nice days I’ve spent there laying in the sun, with a good book and some podcasts, totally oblivious to the craziness of the city.  With that said, it’s also probably the only place in the city where you can view the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, AND the Statue of Liberty all at once.  For some reason this makes me very happy, and I think it will do the same for you.

On a warm weekend day the park is filled with a mix of families, couples, and groups of friends having parties or picnics, laying out, playing sports, or doing something else that is equally fun.  I leave it to you to decide your activity—my only advice would be to stay for a while after you eat and do something.  To get there, walk up Broadway from the sandwich shop and turn west onto Warren Street—if you keep on walking you’ll run right into it after about 10 to 15 minutes.

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After you’ve had a chance to relax and re-energize, you’ll want to celebrate with a nice cocktail.  And Weather Up is the perfect place for that.  Located on Duane Street between West Broadway and Hudson, it’s an easy walk from the park—no more than five minutes if you head back down Warren.  Even if it were further away though, I’d still suggest it—the cocktails are not only delicious, but beautifully crafted, if a little on the pricey side (about $15 a pop).  I mean, even the ice cubes are fancy.  I’m pretty sure they change the menu with the season so you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get, but that’s part of the fun of going there.

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Now, for your next neighborhood stop I’m going to go a little off script and suggest something you’ll have to plan ahead of time.  But if you’re looking for something a little different to bridge the gap between afternoon cocktails and dinner, I highly recommend scheduling an appointment with Tribeca Tarot Reader Liat Silberman.  I know, I know, it sounds a little out there and you don’t believe in that stuff.  You might be surprised at how much you enjoy the experience though.  I first went to Liat four years ago simply because I was curious and thought it would be a fun thing to do.  I got so much out of it though that I now go back every year, on my birthday, as a special treat to myself.  She’s incredibly on point—but even putting that aside it’s a great exercise in self-reflection.  If you’re so inclined to give it a try, you can reach her through her website.  While she recently moved out of the country, she is back in New York several times a year, and does appointments in the neighborhood when she’s around.

By now your stomach is probably growling, so let’s end the day at The Greek on 458 Greenwich Street for a Michelin-recommended meal.  As you can deduce from the name, it’s a Greek restaurant, and a lovely one at that.  Situated on a cobblestone street a little off the beaten path, it’s quieter and more serene than most other neighborhood restaurants.  In fact, you might not even know you were in New York City if you were taken there in a blindfold and earplugs.  It’s also just…well, charmingly authentic, down to the Greek wine-only wine list.  I’d suggest trying to snag a table out front if it’s warm—and ordering a bunch of small plates to share.  It’s the best way to appreciate all the great dishes the restaurant has to offer.

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Thanks for coming along on this little adventure with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

p.s. for more neighborhood walks and strolls, click here!

By: Reagan Daly, follow along with her NYC adventures here!

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