"Great Deals & Tourist Trap"
During the fall I usually go to Canal Street a lot. I do a lot of fabrication for work, so it's the best place to go in Manhattan to get discounted plastic, rubber, and art materials. It's pretty much one-stop shopping if you're looking to buy those kinds of supplies. If you want DVD deals and knock-off bags, clothing, and jewelry, it's also a really great place to go. But just for strolling around or living, I really wouldn't suggest it too much. I try my best to avoid Canal Street during the summer! It's jam-packed with tourists looking for deals on cheap bags and clothing, and to be honest, it can smell pretty bad too. I would only suggest going to Canal Street if you're up for adventure- dodging dvd-ladies, heckling with jewelry salesmen, and avoiding being pick-pocketed. It's an incredibly busy street and very very loud. For all the commotion, I don't think the rent prices in the area are as low as they should be.