Monday, June 20, 2005

Upper Manhattan's Paterno

In New York, every little bit of greenery helps, and this one is a very little bit. Measuring about 1/50th of an acre, this patch of parklet is known as "Paterno Trivium," after the Latin word for the place where three roads meet -- in this case, Cabrini Blvd., Pinehurst Ave. and West 187th St. in the neighborhood known as Hudson Heights or north Washington Heights. It's named for Dr. Charles V. Paterno (born 1876 or '77; died 1946). He was a physician, but he's remembered here as a builder, most notably of two nearby co-op apartment complexes: the Tudor-style Hudson View Gardens and Castle Village with its cruciform towers, both overlooking the Hudson. This little piece of green was set aside in 2000, according to the sign. I'm not sure whether this Upper Manhattan Paterno is at all related to the Penn State Paterno (born in Brooklyn), although I doubt it.


Anonymous said...

please note that Hudsonv View Gardens will have their own website opening late in the Summer of 2005. It can be found here.

Anonymous said...

sorry that would be here

Anonymous said...


The Paterno Trivium started with a prayer in the late 1990s.

The community is historically known as Fort Washington (from the Nov. 1776 Revolutionary War fort and battle). "Hudson Heights" is a realtor's creation of recent (10 or fewer years') vintage, to increase the property values --- and her income.
It worked.)

Dr. Paterno turned to developing soon after his medical training. The two creators named the Trivium for him to commemorate the genius that gives us here such liveable spaces in his buildings.

His descendants discovered their work-in-progress and gratefully donated the (cost of) the custom-made bench.

They also held a family reunion for the first time in decades.

All this, as a result of one initial prayer.

a grateful resident