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Cortland Alley, in TriBeCa: An Alley that Dates Back to 1817

April 18 2017 | BTSNYC
Curiosities City Secrets Cortland Alley TriBeCa by Jason Homa

Cortland Alley dates back to 1817 and has had several lives. Today it is a walk through time, located at the tip of TriBeCa in Manhattan.

Curiosities City Secrets Cortland Alley TriBeCa by Jason Homa
Photo Credit: Jason Homa

Cortland Alley is located on the West tip of TriBeCa, almost bordering the neighborhood of Chinatown. Actually, some people may disagree, since Google Maps actually shows it’s in the last block on the East tip of Chinatown.

Well, regardless of this, the story today is different.

See what our friend, Jason Homa has to say about it’s history!


“It is one of the last true gritty alleys, particularly in an otherwise beautified Tribeca.

It feels like the New York City of the 1970’s or 1980’s. Loading docks falling apart, rusted metal shutters, a feeling of abandonment and graffiti best describe this three block stretch.

Tribeca is revered for its former warehouses turned residential and lofty living spaces.

Most of these buildings still feel like warehouses or manufacturing business that won’t give in.

But, that is certainly starting to change as evidenced by luxury developments like Six Cortland Alley, which does preserve the exterior of a building dating back to 1857.

I found the modern business person in an otherwise dank alley to be a sure sign of things to come.”


Take a look to see where exactly this alley is located!

In addition, if you search google, or even hastags on Instagram, you’ll find out that may of the pictures takenby famous bloggers are in this Alley! So, be sure to pass by it to experience some time.

It’s definitely worth the time!

Lastly, if you are looking for a customized tour of the city or any other Borough, far away from touristy spots, contact our experts so they can tell a bit more about how they can help!

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Photo and Text ExcerptsJason Homa

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