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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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  • Don't pay Times Square prices when a short ride takes you to Canal where you will pay a fraction of the cost and everything is negotiable. To escape the craziness, take a left into Little Italy for pe...  more »
  • So fun to hunt what you need. Bargain and still probably pay too much. Love the experience. We did it on a cold and chilly day. Might have made it less crowded. Would be great to experience on a sunny...  more »
  • We went shopping for inexpensive ideas for our business. It is always an experience with people selling the knock off bags, jewelry and sunglasses. We got a few ideas.  more »
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  • Really cool, chill market in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Awesome vendors with really cool stuff! I have been here a couple of times and I could say, I am glad I have. Stop by! UPDATE: Greatly expanded ever since I've been to this market. New vendors, "chilling" area, and a new food market!
  • The decor and restaurant selection is beautiful and inspired. I would say that this is one of the best food halls in NYC (and I've been to all of them from the Pennsy to Macy's basement to Smorgasburg in South St. Seaport to Gotham Market to Times Squares' City Kitchen to Vanderbilt Hall to whatever). BUT, this doesn't belong in Chinatown. What makes Chinatown great is the real culture, authentic food, and low prices. I hope that this plastic, marketable, trendy food court isn't the future of this great neighborhood. Sorry for the hipster rant.
  • Canal Street Markets is on this ugly and busy strip filled constantly blocked with traffic and crowded with counterfeit sellers, cheap souvenirs comes a refreshing London/Brooklyn inspired markets with independent designer goods and hipster food hall. Relived to see this neighborhood transforming - there is much potential with good food and design leading the way!
  • Lots of great food to choose from. Clean washrooms. Loves the design and concept.
  • A few good places to eat. I'm glad for the add'l options. Decent seating in the back.