Union City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Pietro di Donato
“Acclaimed American Author”
— April 3, 1911 – January 19, 1992 —
Born in the tenement and raised on these streets of West Hoboken – (Union City), Pietro di Donato would later go on to pen the classic novel CHRIST IN CONCRETE in 1939.
On Good Friday, 1923, di Donato’s bricklayer father was killed in a building collapse in lower Manhattan. As a result, young Peter was forced to leave school in the seventh grade to support his mother and seven brothers and sisters. Picking up his father’s trowel, he became a master mason by the age of seventeen. This is the story of Christ in Concrete.
He never forgot his West Hoboken childhood and often relived it in short stories, articles and his 1960 novel Three Circles of Light. His writings paint a vivid and accurate vision of life on these very streets in the early 1900s – di Donato’s definitive narrative of the people of West Hoboken.
Dedicated on this 22nd of May, 2010
Mayor Brian P. Stack & Board of Commissioners
& Citizenry of the City of Union City
Erected 2010 by State of New Jersey.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music
Location. 40° 46.299′ N, 74° 1.78′ W. Marker is in Union City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Marker is at the intersection of Bergenline Avenue and 31st Street, on the right when traveling south on Bergenline Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union City NJ 07087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Highwood (approx. 0.6 miles away); Weehawken Dueling Grounds (approx. 0.7 miles away); Death Rock of Alexander Hamilton (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Hamilton-Burr Duel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Weehawken: Gateway to New York (approx. 0.7 miles away); Weehawken Korea and Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Eldorado Amusement Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Baseball (approx. 1½ miles away).
More about this marker. The upper left of the marker contains a photograph of Pietro di Donato.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.