Charles Paterno, an Italian genius in New York

Mar 21, 2018 709

“Charles Paterno was seven years old when he left Castelmezzano, a small town in the mountains of Lucania, a Region in the south of Italy, to embark on one of the many ships directed to the United States.” This is the introduction of “The Castle on the Hudson: Charles Paterno and the American Dream”, the new book of the Italian journalist Renato Cantore.

The book follows the story of Charles Paterno, an Italian immigrant living in the United States, who becomes one of the biggest real estate developers of New York City, among the first to build up the skyscrapers of the most famous skyline in the world. Cantore describes his intelligence, his genius, insight, and ability to anticipate the times. During his long career, Charles Paterno also creates the garden city, pushing on innovation with new technologies and working with the best architects.

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