nyc: pearl art supply and jammed canal street

View of the Pearl Art and Craft Supply shop on Canal street, from the roof on Mercer street in SoHo. Canal is one of the main crosstown traffic corridors, therefore it's nearly gridlocked most hours of day and night. One of the problems of Canal street is trucks coming back to New Jersey from Brooklyn. They come in through a distant Verrazano - Narrows Bridge, but when they're coming back they're facing toll on the bridge westbound. Instead, they travel all the way through Brooklyn, across Manhattan bridge, and eventually Canal street, supposedly, one of Downtown's main shopping strips. The city seriously needs to rethink putting tolls on the East River bridges.