Tribeca For Art Deco and the Latest Art This neighborhood’s name stands for “the TRIangle BElow CAnal Street.” It was one of the first residential neighborhoods established, taking shape in the late 18th century, before turning into a more commercial area 100 years later. By the 20th century, however, its industrial settings faded, paving the way for Tribeca to become the artistic haven it is today. Some buildings in the Art Deco style can still be seen, however! Since 1996, the TOAST Tour has provided a fun way for visitors to explore several of the artistic spots nestled within the area. After 9/11, Tribeca suffered financially, but a slew of grants and incentives restored its former glory; it has been the home of the eponymous Film Festival since its inception the following year. Lastly, for sightseers, the neighborhood is also home to many historic buildings (in the Art Deco and Neo-Renaissance styles) as well as Hudson River Park, a riverside oasis dwarfed only by Central Park.