Canal Street and Canal Place, formerly the Mott Haven Canal

Until it was filled in in 1937, Canal Street was an actual canal. Norman Davis (1925-2010) remembered playing by the canal as a child: “Many of the men fished there. They would have two barges in between River Avenue and Canal Street. They were half submerged in water with two planks leading from each side. We used to get up there and play adventure things. And don’t fall in there! Cause one of the fathers would have to be close to rescue you.”