At the far western end of Canal Street near the Hudson River, cars, cabs, and heavy trucks muscle their way to the Holland Tunnel and Manhattan Bridge, whipping past a desolate scrap of land. Bordered by concrete slabs and littered with piles of rebar and stacks of lumber, the wedge-shaped spot looks like a junkyard. But it once was— and, some argue, still is— a park, with a history marked at turns by glory and degradation. Now its future is the subject of a lawsuit by downtown residents who claim that a massive road-building project will... More >>>