Canal Street: Over?

The NYPD raided an enormous counterfeit operation on Canal Street yesterday, reports WWD. The facts: 1. 32 illegal storefronts were shut down. 2. $1M
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The NYPD raided an enormous counterfeit operation on Canal Street yesterday, reports WWD. The facts: 1. 32 illegal storefronts were shut down. 2. $1M
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The NYPD raided an enormous counterfeit operation on Canal Street yesterday, reports WWD. The facts: 1. 32 illegal storefronts were shut down. 2. $1M of knockoffs - from handbags to perfumes - were confiscated. The reality: This isn't the first time the city has staged a huge crackdown on counterfeit sellers, and the market for them has bounced back every time. We'd like to think that this is the beginning of the end - with yesterday's raid, the NYPD has targeted the landlord that seems to be behind the majority of the buildings involved - but we think it's likely that the operation may just move elsewhere. We've seen a lot of sellers by the South Street Seaport and near the World Trade Center, in hopes of catching the Saturday afternoon tourist foot traffic. But if Canal Street really does go through a change, what will it look like? Could this be the beginning of actual shopping on Canal? We wonder if Steve Madden is looking for a new location...