Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Canal Street along Tappen Park

When I was a kid in the early seventies, Canal Street along the park was still an active business strip. There was an Army & Navy store, several shoe stores, and, of course, the Store of a Million Items. There were others but I can't remember them.

Now, it's a sort of run down patch. Many of the original buildings have been torn down. Sure, there's a new building but businesswise, Canal's a bit of a bust these days.

Looking for something else the other day in the CSI SI Archives, I came across a picture of the Store of a Million Items. Taking a few extra minutes, I looked at the rest of the block and couldn't really believe what I saw. Clearly Canal Street along Tappen Park had been more than just a commercial strip, but an incredibly busy and successful one.


Anonymous said...

Fantastic find for me. Do you have any information on the house that sat behind the football field (before renovation possibly 1997?)....just checked out your post on the grymes hill water tower. Great site. I've been off island for 30 yrs but consider me a fan.

Anonymous said...

Referring to Wagner college football field. Your blog name has me longing for the 4:30 movie.

The Wasp said...

I'd have to look at the maps and get a sense of what/where you're talking about. But I'll give it a shot.