Canal Street

Gone are the Lulav Vendors of the Lower East Side

Last modified October 1, 2020 at 7:13 am

The traditional rush to pick up Lulav and Etrog – which always begins after Yom Kippur – is different this year on the Lower East Side. The old-time holdout vendors – who usually peddle at the confluence of Essex, Rutgers, and Canal Streets – are nowhere in sight. No tables, hustle, nor bustle. Their presence […]

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Homeless Man Shatters Windows of Chinatown Restaurants

Last modified September 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

Late Friday evening, curbside diners were treated to a sideshow along Mott Street as an unstable homeless man went on a window smashing spree. The spree started on the corner of Mott and Bayard, where the individual threw a rock through the window of the old New Shanghai Deluxe on Canal. He then walked up the block […]

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I May Survive Coronavirus, but My Friendships Won’t [OP-ED]

Last modified March 27, 2020 at 7:20 am

While I may survive the COVID-19 pandemic, some of my friendships won’t. As xenophobia grips the masses, racist attacks and harassment against Asians are on the rise at home and abroad. While many would condemn attacks or harassment on social media platforms, how many would intervene when it involves friends? Sadly, my guess is probably not […]

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Jarmulowsky Bank Sheds its Scaffolding After 6 Years

Posted March 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another major milestone for the historic Jarmulowsky Bank. Three months after the new replica cupola returned to the rooftop, the shroud of scaffolding and netting is coming down. This construction apparatus has been affixed to the facade of the Jarmulowsky Bank since 2014. An eyesore now a sight for sore eyes. And renovations for the […]

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CB3 to Hear Application for Another Intercity Bus Stop at Canal and Allen

Posted January 7, 2020 at 5:01 am

The timing of another intercity bus application for Canal Street couldn’t come at a worse time. Indeed, the Chinatown bus industry is back in the spotlight this week due to the horrific highway pileup in Pennsylvania Sunday morning, in which five were killed and sixty injured. Z&D Tour, whose bus hit an embankment on the […]

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Chinatown Bus Company Involved in Horrific Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash, Killing 5

Posted January 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Chinatown bus with a station on Canal Street was involved in a horrific traffic accident early Sunday morning in Southwest Pennsylvania that killed five and injured sixty. The interstate coach – headed to Cincinnati via the Pennsylvania Turnpike – hit an embankment, on a downhill curve in Mount Pleasant Township, about 35 miles southeast […]

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Manhattan Bridge Ornamental Globes Replaced After 110 Years

Posted November 25, 2019 at 5:11 am

The Manhattan Bridge is sporting a new pair of balls. Globes, that is. As part of the overall structural restoration of the 110-year-old East River crossing, Department of Transportation last week installed the new globes atop the north tower. The bridge had been without since September 30, when the two decorative ornaments were dethroned from […]

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Off-Duty Cop Arrested for DWI Following Collision at Manhattan Bridge Entrance

Posted October 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

Police last week arrested one of its own after an off-duty officer was busted for drunk driving on the Manhattan Bridge. NYPD Officer Eugene Schatz, 46, was driving eastbound Wednesday night on Canal Street toward the bridge entrance when he got into a minor fender-bender with another vehicle. Yet kept on driving until reaching Brooklyn. […]

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Here’s Why DOT Shouldn’t Move Forward with Hated Chinatown ‘Gateway’ Art Design [OP-ED]

Posted October 18, 2019 at 5:04 am

A glimmer of hope came over me last month when I was informed that Department of Transportation would delay its presentation to Community Board 3 regarding the controversial Chinatown “Gateway” marker. I was cautiously optimistic that Linda Lee’s “Dragon’s Roar” design would be scrapped due to unanimous local outrage and opposition, and that the selection […]

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Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’ TV Reboot is Filming on the LES Tonight

Posted July 17, 2019 at 8:33 am

They just couldn’t leave well enough alone. The television reboot of cult classic High Fidelity – based on the 1995 book by Nick Hornby – is taking over parts of the Lower East Side today. The requisite “no parking” signs currently dot the eastern terminus of Canal Street near Rutgers. Film shoot is tonight. It’s indeed […]

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