Canal Street

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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Corner Bodega at Orchard and Canal Becomes ‘Smoke Shop’

Posted January 29, 2018 at 5:07 am

You may have noticed that the corner bodega at Orchard and Canal Streets looks quite different of late. For good reason. The twelve-year-old Newsstand-Grocery business recently changed hands. That certainly explains why the rotting maroon canvas was recently replaced with something less “analog.” The new marquee installed last week is illuminated and does away with […]

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Inside the Pizza Joint that Replaced Cup & Saucer

Posted January 11, 2018 at 9:35 am

Gone is Cup & Saucer, and here is the replacement – the so-called Pizza Cafe and Grill, which opened this week. Signage for the newcomer first arrived in November, and has been tough to digest. It’s definitely gonna take some getting used to. Meanwhile, the interior of 89 Canal Street was upended and turned sideways […]

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This Sight Doesn’t Instill Confidence in Chinatown Fish Markets [VIDEO]

Last modified January 8, 2018 at 2:05 pm

This particular sight doesn’t instill confidence in shopping the Chinatown fish markets. The nightmare scenario that people cringe over… A woman named April Davidson visited the Hung Kee Supermarket on Canal Street last week (between Mulberry and Baxter), and what she saw might disgust you. One of the employees fixing a circuit breaker stood all […]

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LPC Makes it Easy to Get to Know Your Neighborhood Landmarks [MAPS]

Last modified December 22, 2017 at 7:04 am

The Landmarks Preservation Commission just leveled up its “Discover NYC Landmarks” interactive map. What was once a cumbersome and limited database is now a user-friendly treasure trove of information on nearly 34,000 historic buildings within the City’s 141 historic districts. This upgrade complements its existing accessible information on the more than 1,400 individual landmarks, and […]

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‘Tang’s Noodle’ Joins the Leon Hotel on Canal Street

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

Chinatown has another noodle shop to its name. Coming soon to the four-year-old Leon Hotel is Tang’s Noodle. If the signage is to be believed, this is the first stateside restaurant for the import. Build-out of the small ten-table establishment had been underway since summertime. And it’s not to be confused with the new hotpot […]

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In Apparent ‘Wayfinding’ Flub, City Moves Sidewalk Post to the Correct Spot

Last modified December 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

The Department of Transportation is apparently in need of its own wayfinding in Chinatown. You may have noticed that this WalkNYC installation was previously erected on the wrong spot. The signage first arrived near the southeast corner of Essex and Canal Streets at the end of November. Upon closer inspection, though, the “You are here” […]

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