Caruso

The name of the legendary tenor Caruso, who spent much of his life in New York, is a common one in the Neapolitan region of Italy. It is also the name of the fictional family who come through Ellis Island in the chapter of that name in Rutherfurd's New York, and live in Little Italy. The 'Ellis Island' and 'Empire State' chapters follow the Caruso family's fortunes through hard times, their meeting with the great tenor, the Triangle Fire of 1911, the First World War, the Black Hand gangs, the Crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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