Canal Street, New York City

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Canal Street is a major east-west street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, running from East Broadway between Essex and Jefferson Streets in the east, to West Street between Watts and Spring Streets in the west. It runs through the neighborhood of Chinatown, and forms the southern boundaries of SoHo and Little Italy as well as the northern boundary of Tribeca. The street acts as a major connector between Jersey City, New Jersey, via the Holland Tunnel (I-78), and Brooklyn, New York City, via the Manhattan Bridge. It is a two-way street for most of its length - from West Street to the Manhattan Bridge - with two unidirectional stretches between Forsyth Street and the Manhattan Bridge.HistoryBy 1800, the Fresh Water Pond - also known as Collect Pond - one of New York City's few natural sources of fresh water, had become completely polluted with sewage and run-off from the tanneries, breweries and other workshops and factories around it. Run-off from the pond, including one "sluggish stream" which traveled part of the route of the future Canal Street, fed nearby swamps and marshes which prevented the city from continuing its northward growth. To deal with this, the city's Common Council ordered that the swamps be drained and, in 1803, that the pond itself be filled in. A drain was built continuing the path of the "sluggish stream" to the Hudson River, which redirected the underground springs which watered the swamps. The pond was successfully drained by 1813 or 1815.
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  • Almost the Gateway to Chinatown, your arrival at Canal Street will almost certainly be marked by approaches to buy (fake designer) bags and watches. Very vibrant feel, almost chaotic as you work your ...  more »
  • Crowded region. Good to see and buy Chinese food products. Be careful of knock-off product offerings  more »
  • Canal Street is the main shopping street in Chinatown where gather groceries, fish markets, stores, jewelry, and sellers to the sly perfumes, handbags and other articles of imitation. Mulberry and Mott Streets offers a more authentic than Canal Street experience, which remains a very tourist artery. These smaller arteries located on authentic souvenir shops and restaurants serving dishes and pastries of Chinese cuisine
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  • What a delight to find this place. I almost walked past as it is not overly obvious that there is anything inside. So glad my wife looked inside. We ate at Box Fresh Mediterranean and the food was fantastic. I had the lamb rice bowl which was good. However, my wife had the duck rice bowl, and it blew me away. Fresh flavors and a perfect sauce. This is a must!
  • Way more pricey and yuppie than I expected. If you are looking to spend less than 100$ on a single piece then look elsewhere. Overall look of the place was awesome tho !
  • It's... whatever you want will find it...I have my girl who sells goodies. She's the best and I been follow her for more than 15 years
  • Take yourself away from the glare and have a snoop at what the artists are up to. This lil indoor market is a jewel. Get something made beautifully and thoughtfully, and speak to the designer and manufacturer face to face.
  • It was pretty cool there were a lot of different food booths as well a stalls on the other side of goods to purchase mostly hand made. Definitely a place to visit if you're in the area.

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