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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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  • A fancy kind of is located on the South side of Soho. Many a Chinese sign, and stroll around might be fun. Atmosphere.
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  • I was not interested in any knock offs but that didn't stop the hundreds of people from asking me. I was going to go to little Italy but decided it ruined my desire  more »
  • Dirt, illegality and harassment are some of the features of this area of Manhattan, really is not a nice place to learn, as neither the Chinatown.
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  • An unexpected oasis of art and design on Canal Street. Well worth a visit for browsing local vendors, grabbing a coffee. Secret garden and mural in the back with seating is good to know about.
  • Amazing collection of small craftsmen and -women offering you things you won't find in other spots in NYC. A real treat for the city!
  • Very nicely setup market with trendy vendors and a few snacks. Recommended to escape the cold or even on a warm day.
  • Not what it used to be...the crackdowns have limited the shopping experience SIGNIFICANTLY.
  • Great space selling well designed gifts, cookware, plants and has great coffee too!