Canal Street

Another Malaysian Cafe Replaces the Old ‘Kopitiam’ HQ on Canal Street

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:06 am

The Perfect Taste is now on Canal Street. Literally. A new Malaysian cafe by that name opened yesterday in the original home of Kopitiam. The tiny shop takes over after the latter moved from 51 Canal to East Broadway several months ago (thanks to a rent hike). As the awning suggests, Perfect Taste features “healthy […]

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‘Brigitte’ will Reopen on Canal Street After Labor Day

Posted July 31, 2018 at 5:08 am

Brigitte closed a couple weeks ago after less than a year in business on Canal Street. However, it’ll return after Labor Day. The French nightspot is down for a brief renovation tune-up. Relaunch date is set for September 3. The closure follows on the heels of the passing of one of its partners, Scott Alling, back in […]

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DOH Shuts Little Canal Over ‘Electrical Problems’

Posted July 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

The Department of Health on Friday shut down trendy corner cafe, Little Canal, without much notice. Inspectors pasted the token yellow sticker to the front window of 26 Canal Street along with a handwritten sign (on graph paper). Ownership blames the closure on “electrical problems” that are affecting the establishment’s refrigeration units. The same announcement […]

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‘Brigitte’ Closes for Renovations After Barely a Year on Canal Street

Posted July 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

Brigitte hasn’t been open lately. According to its website, “something great is happening” at Brigitte, and that requires a temporary closure for token “construction.” Yep, renovations after less than a year on the block is certainly not a good sign for the business. The French nightspot at the corner of Ludlow and Canal Streets opened […]

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Over Ten Years Later, Retail Returns to Canal Street Tower with ‘Möge Tee’

Posted July 24, 2018 at 5:03 am

Back in late 2007, the entire southwest corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets fell. Controversial landlord Baruch Singer had just acquired the assemblage of tenements for $20.5 million. That was the last time any commercial business held court at 86 Canal Street. Until now. Ten years and sixteen stories later, the new hotel building has […]

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City Finally Rehabs Pace ‘Oval’ with New Turf in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Last modified August 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm

The Pace High School track and field – the southernmost point in Sara D. Roosevelt Park – finally received some attention from the city. Up until last month, this so-called “Oval” suffered from over-use and lack of maintenance, and was in dire need of repair. Now, at long last, the field sports that green sheen […]

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Brooklyn’s ‘Token Surfboards’ Readies Canal Street Shop

Posted April 17, 2018 at 5:11 am

For about five years, a Chinese sewing supply company operated from the storefront of 52B Canal Street. It went out of business not too long ago, and will soon welcome something more extreme. A surf shop … two doors down from a skate shop … on the Lower East Side. We hear word that Token […]

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Police Barricades Set Along LES Route for Sunday’s Half Marathon

Posted March 16, 2018 at 5:13 am

Police started installing metal barricades around the Lower East Side Wednesday night in anticipation of Sunday’s Half Marathon. Part of the route runs through the neighborhood just off the Manhattan Bridge. Approximately 22,000 marathon runners will flow off the bridge onto Canal Street, then follow East Broadway to its termination at Grand Street, and up […]

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Long-Stalled Canal Street Development Rebranded ‘Canal Loft Hotel’

Posted March 9, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s been over five years since we last checked in with the struggling Canal Tower project at 86 Canal Street. And, unbelievably, not much has transpired here in the interim. Progress in recent times has been limited to installation of balconies and a staging area for materials on the ground floor. Despite plans to the contrary, the […]

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‘New Republic Bank’ Finally Occupies 3-Story HQ on Canal Street

Last modified March 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

For years, First Republic Bank has been teasing an anchor spot at the northeast corner of Canal and Elizabeth Streets. The shed went up in early 2014 and remained so for the duration of construction. What was first believed to be a corner branch is actually part of a much larger project. Heading past 159-165 […]

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