BY THE VILLAGE SUN | An outdoor memorial for Robert Trentlyon will be held in May at his beloved Chelsea Waterside Park in Hudson River Park, his daughter, Jessica Gallery, told The Village Sun.
Trentlyon, a consummate Chelsea activist, died at his home on Dec. 7 at age 92. A former publisher of the Westsider and Chelsea-Clinton News weekly newspapers, Trentlyon was also a founding member of the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club and its first president.
He may be best remembered, though, for his activism involving redeveloping the formerly rundown West Side waterfront, specifically its Chelsea section, in what would ultimately became part of Hudson River Park.
In his later years, Trentlyon became an early advocate for coastal resiliency in New York City, advocating for massive, movable storm-surge barriers to be installed at strategic spots in New York’s outer harbor. A few years later, his warnings proved prophetic when Hurricane Sandy hit Downtown Manhattan with devastating effect.