by Dave Hogarty
Yesterday’s Cornerspotter puzzle featured a close-up image of a castle with a greenhouse and a driveway. What it didn’t feature and would have given everything away is the heights upon which it was perched, high above the Hudson River in Inwood just north of present location of the George Washington Bridge. Paterno Castle, as it was called, was built in 1905 for Dr. Charles V. Paterno, an Italian immigrant who built a real estate fortune in New York City. Barely 40 years after Paterno had it built to the design of John C. Watson for $500,000, the castle was torn down in 1938 to make way for the repeating towers of Castle Village Apartments. The land-hungry population of New York was moving northwards, and as any real estate man knows: business is business.