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Canal Street Crackdown: Counterfeit Triangle

January 17, 2010

An amazing info-graphic about canal street by Alex Kalman and Lola Sinreich.

Alex Kalman is a founder of Red Bucket Films and MyBlockNYC, an interactive mapping project.
Lola Sinreich, an art curator, is the communications associate at Electronic Arts Intermix, a nonprofit media arts organization.

We at the Ballast love this! The full article is on This image shows some of the top products we all love Canal Street for. Although everyone is always quick so say that ‘New York is Dying!’ Let’s face it. Canal Street will be around for a while…Anyone who has lived down there knows that, Canal Street is the tip of the iceberg–the showroom for the gritty inner-workings and tunnels of Chinatown’s gem, The Hustle.

Enjoy this incredible infographic!

New York’s Street of Schemes

Published: January 16, 2010

Over the past year, the New York Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement has closed at least 64 of the storefront businesses that line the sidewalks of Canal Street from West Broadway to Lafayette Street, an area known as the Counterfeit Triangle. On one recent night, 10 buildings and 31 stalls were shut down, and a daisy chain of undercover and uniformed police officers filled an 18-wheeler with garbage bags holding $1 million worth of knockoff merchandise…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Barbara Liguori permalink
    March 16, 2010 10:01 am

    Do you fashion yourselfs as ambuANTS chasers? there is always someone that wants to profit from anothers hardship.
    Let’s start with the first losers…the manufactuers, then the people who steal the designs and deserve to loose,theN the buyers who waste their money on inferior merchandise, then the poor guy on the street trying to earn a living ,and then you Kalman creating what you call art that everyone should want so that we can forever remember the crime while you put money in your pocket.
    Long before this area was known as the knock off tri- there was another suffering that occured here, human suffering,,try to capture that reality instead of pasting ads over a map and calling it art.

    • The Ballast permalink
      March 16, 2010 10:06 am

      Barb, you’re ranting to the wrong people here. Talk to the NYTimes or the people that created it… Don’t hate the player, hate the game….

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