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‘Be Hotel’ Born Again as the ‘Leon Hotel’ on Canal Street

Posted February 20, 2015 at 5:10 am

With a name like “Be,” there was no way the hotel could stand apart from the crowded downtown scene. It was an SEO nightmare and, frankly, a terrible name. Guess the year-old lodge at 125 Canal Street had a change of heart. Yes, the artist formerly known as Be is now called the “Leon Hotel.” […]

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Cafe de Nora Launches on Eastern Fringe of Canal Street

Posted February 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

That slight kink in the road where Division Street merges with Canal now has a new cafe. Its arrival adds to a crowded scene with Dimes just a few doors to the west and Pies n Thighs across the way. This area is heating up, and quick… Cafe de Nora – the handiwork of one […]

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Preliminary Roadwork Begins Ahead of $6.5M Safety Project in Straus Square

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Over the weekend, a small detachment of contractors excavated the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. The small job was a so-called test pit for new catch basin infrastructure ahead of a $6.5 million capital works initiative by the Department of Design and Construction called “Safe Routes to Schools.” As previously reported, Phase I […]

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Straus Square Ready for $6.5M Safety Upgrade as Part of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Initiative

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm

In an overall bid to increase and implement “school safety” street improvements, the city will soon embark on a capital construction project to retool Straus Square in Chinatown/Lower East Side. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the $6.5 million push – dubbed “Safe Routes to Schools” – which includes changes such as reconstructing […]

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Infamous Fung Wah Bus Company Adds Signage to Canal Street Ahead of Its Homecoming

Posted January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

The infamous Fung Wah bus company is returning to Canal Street after nearly two years in exile. Back in March 2013, the federal government (i.e. Department of Transportation) revoked their permits due to an unsafe fleet that posed “imminent danger” to both drivers and passengers. At the time, two dozen vehicles were sidelined for various […]

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs Opens New Canal Street Outpost Today

Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:19 am

Ten months ago, Brooklyn favorite Pies ‘n’ Thighs announced it would open a Lower East Side location at 43 Canal Street. Foodie fans waited this long, and the time is now here. Later this morning is the inauguration – service begins at 9am – four days after the last projected debut date. This satellite outpost of […]

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Pies ‘n’ Thighs Hopes to Open its Lower East Side Outpost on January 15

Posted January 6, 2015 at 9:23 am

A year of construction, anticipation, and hype culminates next week when Pies ‘n’ Thighs is purported to unveil its new Lower East Side outpost. Calls to the OG Brooklyn restaurant confirm the opening date at 43 Canal Street as January 15. They’re “pretty sure” about this. Pies ‘n’ Thighs probably would’ve debuted sooner, but Con […]

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‘Dimes Superette’ is Replacing Cochinita Dos at 49 Canal Street

Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:30 am

A superette is a often defined as a “compact food market or convenience store.” To the year-old Dimes on Division Street, it’s a concept in the works for a new spinoff around the corner. They can finally stretch their legs… As reported last week (and despite initial denials from ownership), Dimes is planning to expand its holdings […]

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The 5th Precinct Officer and Tackled Cyclist Square off in the Mosh Pit [PHOTOS]

Posted November 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

Last week, we published an article about a 5th Precinct cop stationed on Canal Street who tackled a red-light-running cyclist after exiting the Manhattan Bridge bike path. The story went totally bonkers with all points of view recorded in the comments (86 and counting). However, was the response (i.e. use of force) proportional to the […]

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Ticket Tackling, or How the NYPD Pulls Over Cyclists on Canal Street

Last modified November 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

This photo illustrates the extent to which the NYPD is cracking down on cyclists as part of the Mayor’s “Vision Zero” initiative. A 5th Precinct cruiser was stationed at the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge this past Sunday to ticket as many bikers as possible coming from the span. You know, low-hanging fruit. Several cyclists fell victim […]

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