This street crosses lower Manhattan to join New Jersey in the west (via the Holland Tunnel) to Brooklyn in the east (via the Manhattan Bridge). It forms the main spine of Chinatown, separating it from Little Italy. Canal Street takes its name from an actual canal that was dug in the early 1800. The street was completed in 1820 following the angled path the canal had. Later, the historic townhouses and newer tenements that had been built along Canal Street fell into disrepair, and the eastern stretch of Canal Street became a slum as property values and living conditions plummeted. Today, it is a bustling commercial district full with street vendors.
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