An entrance at the intersection of Canal and Varick Streets
Canal Street ranks as one of the busiest of New York’s thoroughfares. It connects Manhattan to both Brooklyn and New Jersey, via the Manhattan Bridge on the east and the Hudson Tunnel on the west, respectively. One of the city’s functionally named streets, the area was originally occupied by (you guessed it), a canal which was built in the early 19th century to replace Collect Pond as the central sewage system. Today the street bustles with outdoor vendors, knock-off designer watches and handbags, jewelry stores and traffic jams as it runs from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, SoHo and Tribeca.
Yet tucked right in the middle of Canal, Laight and Varick streets, and sandwiched between Chinatown and the Hudson Tunnel, is an oasis of calm and peace (well, for Canal anyway).
Case Maclaim & Pixel Pancho (Halopigg via Instagram)
We are more than halfway done with 2014, sounds insane doesn’t it? Seems like only yesterday we were dealing with polar vortexes, cat cafes and disappointing Knicks basketball. We still mourn the demise of 5 Pointz, which is set for complete demolition by October. While we may have lost our graffiti and street art monument, other parts of the city have stepped their game up and have given the NYC street art community walls to make their mark. After countless hours looking through photos, and praying that street artists will not go after us for making last minute cuts to the list, we present the 10 best NYC street art murals of the year so far.
Inside the “Bricken Arcade” between 37th and 38th streets
Here’s a fun trick: several of the lobbies of Garment District buildings are arcades that go mid-block between streets. For those of you who are thinking Garment District offices have PacMan, we’re sorry to disappoint. This means, though, that if you’re walking down 38th Street thinking it was 39th Street, you could cut through an office building to get where you need to go. But why do these arcades, or, “through block lobbies” exist? (more…)
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