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CaVaLa Park in TriBeCa Evokes Manhattan's History of Acronyms

By DNAinfo Staff on November 18, 2009 7:44am  | Updated on November 18, 2009 10:23am

By Gabriela Resto-Montero

DNAinfo Reporter / Producer

TRIBECA — First there was SoHo. Then came TriBeCa and NoLita, and even WaHi and SpaHa. Now, Manhattanites have a new shorthand name to remember: CaVaLa.

The city officially opened a new $3.4 million park here last week that evokes the neighborhood and its history.  A 114-foot long fountain, for example, harkens back to when there was a canal at Canal Street. And its name — derived from the boundaries of Canal, Varick and Laight streets — reminds the park goer that they're in the Triangle Below Canal.

"It's a little kitschy for me but, whatever. The name is not important," said Judith, a TriBeCa resident who lives near the park. "It's if it serves the city and the people."

CaVaLa Park, named by combining the names of its bordering streets, opened Nov. 12 and features a water fountain and green space in the middle of a busy intersection.
CaVaLa Park, named by combining the names of its bordering streets, opened Nov. 12 and features a water fountain and green space in the middle of a busy intersection.
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The Water feature in the middle of the park runs the length of the space.
The Water feature in the middle of the park runs the length of the space.
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The park was built in part through donations from the Tribeca Film Festival.
The park was built in part through donations from the Tribeca Film Festival.
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