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Rumor: Starbucks is Eyeing Skal Space on Canal Street

Posted April 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

There’s a pretty nasty rumor wafting through the Seward Park environs… The eastern terminus of Canal Street – where the Lower East Side and Chinatown intermingle – has a huge target on its back. Old news, really. Brokers are swarming, allegedly dubbing this trapezoidal area the hottest in Manhattan. That’s certainly no surprise, having already […]

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Showdown in Chinatown Redux: Fung Wah vs. Lucky Star a Recipe for Local Congestion

Last modified April 23, 2015 at 7:37 am

Having two of the larger Chinatown bus operators stationed beside each other on Canal Street is a recipe for absolute congestion. As we discussed last week, both Lucky Star and a recently reinstated Fung Wah both seek permits (ergo, ipso facto legitimacy). Now there is more information handy regarding the bus stats for the two […]

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Jarmulowsky Hotel Annex Ascends to 4 Stories on Canal Street

Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:12 am

Progress at the future Ace-bankrolled Jarmulowsky hotel is at snail speed. And most of it behind Fort Knox strong security. Delays are part of every construction project, especially when concrete goes flying off the roof and nearly kills people and results in stop-work orders. But what about the six-story annex planned for its western flank? […]

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Google Lets You Play Pac Man on the Streets of the Lower East Side

Posted April 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

Two-Bits Arcade and Hanksy’s “Best of the Worst” pop-up aren’t the only ones with vintage video game Pac-Man at their fingertips. For a limited time, anyone can play Pac-Man, anywhere in the world. No quarters needed! The brains over at Google seem to have an affinity for the beloved retro game, as evidenced in their 30th […]

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Showdown in Chinatown: Lucky Star and Fung Wah Both Applying for Bus Permits on Canal Street Within Steps of Each Other

Last modified April 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

It’s a showdown in Chinatown, but not on the pitch. Rather, two intercity bus operators both seek permits from the city. Each has a checkered history on the Lower East Side, and even made national headlines. Lucky Star bus company is now in orbit on Canal Street. As previously reported, the Chinatown bus company relocated […]

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Skal Icelandic Bar on Canal Street Closes Shop

Posted April 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

Six months shy of its second anniversary, nordic nightspot Skal is seemingly finished. The restaurant has been closed for the better part of the last week, most notably during the peak weekend nights. In fact, the corner hang at 37 Canal Street maintained a rather staggered schedule of late. Word on the street is that […]

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In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]

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An Early Look Inside Dimes 2.0 on Canal Street

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:09 am

You’re looking at the almost-ready interior of Dimes 2.0 at 49 Canal Street. The much larger space – now with an arched design – is easily twice the size of the OG location. As previously reported, it’ll offer an expanded kitchen, additional seating, and the benefits of a full liquor license (still pending at the […]

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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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