Tribeca Film Festival

by: Barbie Bertisch

Best in Film, VR, Animation in the Heart of Tribeca

 

Tribeca, short for Triangle Below Canal is usually a quiet neighborhood, except when the paparazzi mob one of its famous residents while walking the dog.

 

Some say its inception was a response to post-9/11 lack of vitality in the once-lively Lower Manhattan. Just five years later, TFF screened 1,500 films and grew immensely. The Festival doesn’t just give people a chance to access movies that go beyond the local AMC, but also educates thousands with panel discussions and workshops. Additionally, they are a burgeoning hub for tech, VR, and writing/producing.

 

Panels at TFF usually feature the best of the best, and 2017 will be no exception–with Barbra Streisand and Alejandro González Iñárritu tapped to headline conversations with Kathryn Bigelow.

 

While you’re there, do us a favor and swing by Zucker’s for a classic New York bagel. Pro tip: some of the best work featured is documentaries. Go nuts on those and make sure you get tickets early.

HOTELS
  • The Roxy Hotel

    The Roxy was once called Tribeca Grand Hotel, and was considered a hub for nightlife and design enthusiasts looking for a place to party downtown. After an abrupt name change that still puzzles New Yorkers, The Roxy opened its doors to design-conscious guests who know good food, movies, and drinks. Their Screening Room boasts regular programming ranging from Dr. Strangelove to The Jungle Book, and The Django is a good spot for grabbing a drink and listening to live jazz.

  • Smyth, A Thompson Hotel

    As one of Tribeca’s most beautiful spots, this Thompson Hotels-owned location is bright and modern with soft edges. Situated between the fashion-conscious Soho neighborhood and just north of the Financial District, this boutique hotel fosters the creative spirit of Lower Manhattan blended with the upscale lifestyle of the intimate Tribeca area. With a seasonally inspired restaurant by a James Beard award-winning chef, a cocktail lounge, and an evening bar, the Smyth hotel is a place where people can get away from the bright lights–but also have a great time.

  • The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel

    After a stunning refurbishment by the Thompson Hotels folks, The Beekman is an architectural gem, and a lovely option for Downtown Manhattan stays. The iconic structure, with its nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight, is just a train stop away from Tribeca, or a pleasant walk to the Film Festival hub.

  • Soho Grand

    Favored amongst the creative industry-types, the Soho Grand is a long standing staple in a neighborhood with loads of history. During daytime, we favor the comfortable lounging area atop the stairs, where you can go from tea to drinks seamlessly. The hotel may be upscale, but it’s not stuffy or pretentious–like some of the more traditional NYC hotels. Pro tip: request a complimentary goldfish.

    The James

    A few blocks away from the festival epicenter, this small hotel in Soho is a hidden gem, and perfect for those seeking a quiet hub in the middle of TIFF. Its unassuming and stark facade sits on a side street–and it’s simple enough to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The James puts guests at the center of New York’s shopping, culture, and film. A major benefit from their ideal location is that their swanky rooftop pool and bar overlook stunning cityscape.

    11 Howard

    We love that 11 Howard can bring together style and substance. This hotel blends efficient service, taste, and quality with philanthropy. They’ve partnered with Global Poverty Project to donate part of every room’s rate to help end extreme poverty. Beyond that, guests can explore the hotel’s creative partnerships that touch upon every detail of the property, from goods to interiors, and even a large-scale mural on the side of the building. We love to choose this up-and-comer over the bigger hotel names anytime. You won’t be disappointed.

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