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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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