On a snowy Tuesday in late February, Skip Blumberg stood outside the five-foot-tall metal fence that surrounds City Hall Park, the green oasis nestled downtown between Broadway, Chambers, and Centre streets. Blumberg was peering through padlocked gates at empty chess tables on the other side. Not so long ago, this 27-year resident of lower Manhattan and the indefatigable leader of the Friends of City Hall Park would watch his neighbors play at those tables. Or kiss under the cherry trees. Or stroll along the pathway toward City Hall. Now the only clue that the northern part of this lush and historic park was ever enjoyed by the public is an almost illegible sign posted on the lawn. It reads: "Please enjoy... More >>>