Canal Street

Open 3 Months, ‘Brigitte’ Seeks Basement Club on Ludlow

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

Of course this would happen. Open nigh on three months, Canal Street bistro Brigitte is already angling to open a basement club. Naturally. Ownership this week submitted a dressed-up application to alter its liquor license to include bar and seats in the cellar. Blueprints show communal table seating to accommodate twenty-four additional patrons, plus a […]

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Locals Uneasy About Incoming Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel and its Nightlife

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

There is a fight brewing over the incoming nightlife establishment at the Jarmulowsky Bank hotel. The Orchard Street Block Association, for its part, is already gearing up for the effort. They’ve distributed flyers of opposition in the immediate vicinity of the Jarmulowsky Bank Building (with the Monopoly Man) – first at summer’s end and now […]

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We Lost the Cup & Saucer for this Cheap Pizza Joint

Posted November 28, 2017 at 5:00 am

The replacement was swift and unmerciful. We lost the venerable Cup & Saucer for this shit. In comes the so-called Canal Pizza. Signage for the (presumably) cheap-eats newcomer arrived over the holiday weekend, replacing that beautifully faded print with cartoonish iconography. Meanwhile, build-out of the interior has been ongoing the last couple weeks, as previously […]

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What the Inside of the Gutted Cup & Saucer Looks Like Now

Posted November 21, 2017 at 5:08 am

Cup & Saucer ended its decades-running tenancy at the northwest corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets back in July. Since then, the restaurant space has been a dormancy, with the only activity the removal of that classic signage and the installation of leasing banners. Now, all of it is gone. Yesterday, however, provided a unique […]

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‘Kopitiam’ on Canal Street Crowdfunds for Survival After 25% Rent Hike

Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:11 am

Canal Street snack shop, Kopitiam, is headlong into its search for a new space. Its brief tenure near the corner of Orchard Street will soon conclude, thanks in large part to increasing rents. At the time we first broke the story, ownership informed us that a larger location was necessary. And while that might be, […]

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Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork

Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing. That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the […]

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Five Years Later, Hanksy Pivots by Dropping the Puns

Last modified November 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm

That classic dichotomy of character and alter-ego is concluding for one of the more prolific downtown artists on the scene. Five years after his first Tom Hanks-inspired wheat-paste, street artist Hanksy is officially retiring the puns. Putting that sword back in the sheath to focus on “more meaningful” output. His own artwork as Adam Lucas. […]

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‘Brigitte’ Officially Opens Tonight on Canal Street

Posted September 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

The friends and family grace period is up. Brigitte is ready to roll, and opens tonight at the northeast corner of Canal and Ludlow Streets. Thus concludes two years of relative calm here. Brigitte takes the torch from Skal, and calls itself a Brazilian-French “hidden gem” located in “probably the last area with an edgy […]

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Here’s Your First Look Inside ‘Brigitte’ on Canal Street

Posted September 15, 2017 at 5:08 am

Two years of relative calm at the northeast corner of Canal and Ludlow Streets is coming to a close. Brigitte is here. The nightlife entrant, under the knife for about two years already, is close to opening. Gone are the paper window garments and other assorted construction materials. Floor-to-ceiling glass, decorative tiling, and an ADA […]

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Manhattan Bridge Makeover and Rehab Slated to Begin Next Summer

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:08 am

Starting next summer, the city will undergo the next step in the neverending rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge. It’s a multi-year effort (i.e. “component rehab”) aimed at updating both structural and ornamental elements that are in a purported dire need of repair. Brian Gill, Chief Engineer of Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction for the Transportation Department, and […]

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