New Kid on the Block: Canal Street Market

canal-street-market“The opportunity was for another big-box retail or something true to the neighborhood,” says Philip Chong, whose family owns 265 Canal (between Broadway and Lafayette), including the roughly 12,000-square-foot storefront. “I grew up around here, and I’ve seen the changes. We wanted to do something to reinvigorate Canal Street.”

Have they ever: Canal Street Market, the shopping half of which is now open, is a massive upgrade for a stretch of Canal known more for souvenir schlock. The stalls of 28 vendors—some long-term anchors, others popping up for a few weeks or a month—fill the giant space with ceramics, apparel, plants, housewares, jewelry, chocolate, candles, art, and more, and Office Magazine’s café will open soon. Some of the market’s highlights are pictured here, but instead of posting a linked list, I encourage you to go check it out in person. Also, much of the merchandise is relatively affordable (for Soho and Tribeca, not for Canal).

The half devoted to food will open in early 2017. There will be eleven vendors; confirmed so far are Freshandco, Boba Guys bubble tea, Alidoro sandwiches, Joy Luck Dim Sum, Dessert Lap, and Two Tablespoons.

Fox Fodder Farm:

fox-fodder-farm-at-canal-street-marketJill Lindsey:


conmateria-at-canal-street-marketStudio Proba:

studio-proba-at-canal-street-marketSaint Clair:


miscellanea-at-canal-street-marketDandy Farmer:

dandy-farmer-at-canal-street-marketCanal Street Market is at 265 Canal (between Broadway and Lafayette); It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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    “But fashion’s incursion into the area isn’t just an artistic one. Industry people have begun to turn one of the blocks into a mini–Garment District. Two facing buildings, on 264 and 265 Canal, have become a hotbed for the city’s indie talents to set up shop — the brands Area and CG; stylists Mel Ottenberg, Chris Gelinas, George Cortina, and Katie Mossman; and magazines Document Journal and Office, to name a few. Attracted by the cheaper rent, Gelinas relocated his studio this summer from the slice of midtown that makes up the city’s shrinking (but eternally relevant) Garment Center. He says he appreciates the extra space and the remove from the fashion Establishment. ‘The day that Canal Street would ever seem like a reprieve from the chaos is crazy to me, but it totally is,’ he says.

    “The fashion crowd there has developed a kind of proximity-based camaraderie. Ottenberg can see into Area’s studio from across the street and jokes that he checks in on what they have coming down the pike. Recently, he put some of their pieces on his client Rihanna for her Fenty campaign. ‘We’re on the same wavelength,’ says Area co-designer Piotrek Panszczyk. And Office recently published a Q&A with Ottenberg. ‘I didn’t know him officially’ until he moved into the building, explains co-editor Simon Rasmussen. ‘We’ve since peed together in the bathroom. Became friends,’ he says jokingly.

    “For decades, the neighborhood has managed to stay less expensive and multinational-chain-choked than the rest of downtown Manhattan. Ottenberg says that ‘this area is what Chrystie Street was ten years ago,’ while Document Journal editor-in-chief Nick Vogelson likes that ‘it feels like what I imagine Soho would have felt like in the ’70s. It doesn’t feel necessarily like you’re in New York in 2016.’ But that could change as outsiders, including those in fashion, continue to replace legacy businesses in the neighborhood.”