Despite the usual spate of breathless hyperbole ("This is an amazing surprise. It was there for so many years and people were sitting on it when it was a loaded cannon!”) and misnomers ("Parks workers came upon a LIVE (emphasis mine) cannon ball loaded in a [Amer. Revolution-era?] cannon")...
...well ...this is still pretty cool.
But IMHO, this would have been even cooler, certainly-- had it been discovered during the "get tough on crime" mayoral terms of Rudy Giuliani.
-- Earl Merkel