Tribeca — short for “Triangle Below Canal Street” — is part of the oldest section of New York.

In the early 1900s, Tribeca was a center of the fresh fruit and produce market, the shipping capital of the U.S., and home to the Woolworth Building, the first “skyscraper” in America.

As the 20th century progressed, a majority of the industries relocated, with buildings in the district combining office space with stores, lofts and factories. 401 Broadway was no exception.

Designed by Don & John Jardine of the famed Jardine, Hill & Murdock architectural firm, 401 Broadway was built during 1929-1930. At that time, Tribeca was already establishing itself as one of the most upscale neighborhoods in the city.

With loft-like professional spaces throughout its 27 floors, 401 Broadway was synonymous with the Art Deco era, featuring sleek, curving forms and long horizontal lines, both on its exterior and interior.

Years later, in the 1970s, the area saw a cultural revitalization as many artists and art organizations moved into vacated loft spaces. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, many store and loft buildings were converted to residential cooperatives.

Today, while many traditional businesses still remain in the area, Tribeca is considered an artistic and cultural center — frequented by creative, entertainment, legal and financial professionals, and host to the annual Tribeca Film Festival.

For more information, contact Building Manager, Fanny So (212) 226-8363.