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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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