Counterfeit Triangle Scrubbed; TJ’s Coffee World Coming Soon

Posted on: April 22nd, 2013 at 6:10 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Exactly five years ago, the city swooped into Chinatown and raided “Counterfeit Triangle,” a series of thirty-two storefronts bounded by Canal, Walker, and Centre Streets. At the time, Mayor Bloomberg and Commish Ray Kelly seized approximately $1 million in counterfeit goods, including fake Rolex, Prada, and Gucci products. Owner Vincent Terranova Estate was charged with a substantial fine and forced to padlock all the security gates. The predominant requirement to reopen the facilities was the establishment of “legitimate businesses” upon return. And that’s where the Martignetti Brothers entered the picture.

In 2011, the Martignetti Brothers successfully pitched Community Board 1 for a full liquor license at 230 Canal Street. The concept was to be 6,000 square-feet dedicated to an Asian-inspired concept. Two years later, that license application is still pending with the State Liquor Authority.

Despite inactivity on that front, however, the Counterfeit Triangle itself has gone through a massive makeover. The decrepit stores are now reinvigorated, awaiting the flow of “legitimate” business – like TJ’s Coffee World. A new banner already announces its arrival.

TJ’s is a supplier that specializes in “coffee bar services.” It’ll sell everything from mugs and coffee pots to kitchen utensils and containers.

Recent Stories

Under Presure from Chinatown, Mayor Pledges $80M to Restore 70 Mulberry Street

The fire-scorched school building at 70 Mulberry Street will see life anew, thanks to massive city funding. Mayor de Blasio announced yesterday in his morning press briefing that the new budget contains a line item for $80 million dedicated to restoration of the historic building. Hizzoner spent a solid four minutes discussing how Chinatown was […]

Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Not so fast. Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived. Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor […]

When Rivington House Wouldn’t Clean its Garbage Mess, a Neighbor Stepped In

A Good Samaritan took responsibility where a multimillion-dollar hospital system would not. As previously reported, the outside of Rivington House – future home of Mount Sinai’s future Behavioral Health facility – essentially devolved into decrepitude with the accumulation of trash at the doorstep. Untouched for days on end. But one Lower East Sider took matters […]

Chillhouse Shutters Original Essex Street Spa

The list of coronavirus-related business closures is getting longer by the week. Today brings word that an Essex Street newcomer has bitten the dust. Chillhouse, a millennials-style spa at 149 Essex Street, is the latest to fall. Ownership announced the permanent shutter in an e-mail to customers Tuesday afternoon. “As we all know too well […]

Hamilton Fish Park Pool to Reopen by August 1

In an about-face, the city announced yesterday that at least fifteen public pools will reopen across the Five Boroughs. Included in the lucky list is the Hamilton Fish Park pool, known to locals as the “Pitt Pool.” But the cooldown will have to wait another month. The reopenings are scheduled for August 1, and are […]