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Canal Street Triangle/Canal Park

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Site of a now restored park

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Tribeca
Open Space, Play

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The history of Canal Park is a microcosm of the development of Manhattan from the earliest times. It was a transportation hub, a marketing center and a focus of social reform. The triangular open space has hosted flower gardens, armies preparing to march and sail for war, celebrities, dignitaries as well as construction crews and armies of demolition.

Canal Park in Lower Manhattan was restored in the fall of 2005, nearly 80 years after it was decommissioned as a park, thanks to the research efforts of a group of dedicated neighborhood residents. One of the oldest parks in Manhattan, its historical significance and original intent were realized only after these residents (many of whom are now members of the Canal Park Conservancy and the Canal West Coalition) began researching the history of this mysterious triangle of land. When they started researching, the park was being used as nothing more than...

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Richard Barrett

The park, and its history, is a microcosm of the development of Manhattan from the earliest times. It was a transportation hub, a marketing center and a focus of social reform. The triangle has hosted flower gardens, armies marching and sailing for war, celebrities, dignitaries as well as construction crews and armies of demolition.


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