TriBeCa has long been home to well-off families who wanted space and good schools -- "Triburbia," they called it -- and weekend places as well. Now, from almost any spot, you could look past the fence and see a rise of smoke hundreds of feet high where the Trade Center used to be.
New York Magazine
TriBeCa's new new normal is a trade-off: If you're willing to look past the trauma -- the immediate tragedy, the lingering uncertainty over the environment -- then the TriBeCa experience endures. What's different is less tangible, more intuitive, and most certainly informed by the tragedy. "I feel like we've been through a war and back," says Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Productions. "A year ago, it was Triburbia. We went about our business and it was only about our business. Now the Red Cross is sitting in our neighborhood."
From the March 11, 2002 issue of New York magazine.
The buyer of the apartment, Daniel Gluck, is the founder and executive director of the Museum of Sex located on Fifth Avenue in New York. Mr. Gluck, who is in his 30s and has two sons, is recently divorced and needed a new place to live. One of the reasons why he liked this apartment is the location. Mr. Gluck has two sons and right across the street is P.S. 234, where he wants them to be able to attend because it is supposed to be one of the top public schools in New York. "We mainly came here for the school district," Mr. Gluck said. "We used to live here about five years ago and we love this particular street and area. There is a park right across the street and my kids are five and two. It's a big open street and a block away from the water." Mr. Gluck also likes that he feels like he is living in a suburb without actually having to live in one. "I like to call the area Triburbia, because it has a semi-suburban feel."
But Triburbia and gentrified center city districts like it (Chelsea, Soho, etc.) represent a different suburban spatial and physical order that we have so far witnessed. They are not former suburban districts later subsumed by the city or simply urban areas filled with suburban appliquÃ©s like canopied entrances in apartment buildings. Built as part of the teeming nineteenth-century city, Triburbia has metamorphosed into a zone of seemingly urban blocks contiguous with the surrounding city; yet they are subtly guarded and controlled spaces that employ design elements tried in the american suburbs to achieve separation from the city. In other words, suburban spatial elements have been overlaid on the historic fabric of New York.
Borden, Iain, et al., eds. The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001.
From Library Journal:
In a rather opaque and highly theoretical introduction, the editors explore how the inhabitant of the city perceives urban images and symbols and constructs the urban experience, relating this discussion to their interest in the triad of "space, time, and the human subject." But the best of these 29 readable and stimulating essays (by almost as many contributors) explore with clarity and ease what Dolores Hayden refers to as "cultural geography," or the effect of a particular urban experience on the perception of its physical landscape. Most of the essays focus on cities in Great Britain, while three discuss New York and one looks at Los Angeles. The best document the social and political forces that modify and control urban form: M. Christine Boyer's "Twice-Told Stories: The Double Erasure of Times Square," William Menking's "From Tribeca to Triburbia: A New Concept of the City," Dolores Hayden's "Claiming Women's History on the Urban Landscape: Projects from Los Angeles," and a highly personal and virtually antiurban essay by bell hooks, "City Living: Love's Meeting Place." D. Paul Glassman, New York School of Interior Design Library. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
How to Talk American
by Jim Crotty
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company
Triburbia: another name for "TriBeCa," now that the artsy-fartsy couples have decided to raise kids there.
12 June 2006, New York Sun, "New York's Newest Suburb," pg. 1:
Welcome to "TriBurBia."
That's what the former artists enclave known as TriBeCa is now called by the young families rapidly putting down roots in the neighborhood.
(Pg. 2 -- ed.)
Ms. Asen and her husband, Robert, opened the store on Duane Street to serve the proliferation of young "TriBurBans."
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