Canal Street

‘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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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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