Frank Castagna Developer of Americana Dies
Francis “Frank” Castagna, one of the most important real estate developers and philanthropists of Long Island, died as a retailer jewel in Miracle Mile, Americana Manhasset.
Castagna died at home after almost a year of war with cancer, according to an obituary announcement published online Tuesday that does not indicate the day of death. He was 91 years old.
Castagna was born on September 19, 1928, as the son of Italian-born hospital maker Ferdinand Castagna and his wife Henrietta (nee Vogliazzo) and grew up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In 1950 he graduated from Pennsylvania Military Academy, now Widener University, with a degree in civil engineering, and soon joined civil engineer Gerace and Castagna as field engineers. Elderly Castagna renamed Castagna and Son in 1953.
Renamed Castagna Realty on the death of Ferdinand in 1972, the company became famous for its projects on Long Island, including the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale; Library, dormitories, student center and pedestrian bridge on Hempstead Turnpike at Hofstra University, Swirbul Library at Adelphi University, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Nassau County Medical Center, Great Neck North Middle School, Dealertrack center in North Hills, and Wheatley Plaza shopping center in Greenvale.
Among the projects of Castagna’s in five further western districts, New York Police Department headquarters, correction center on Rikers Island, Bellevue Hospital, Yeshiva University Albert Einstein Medical School, New York State Supreme Court, and Brooklyn, Harlem Hospital, and Coney Island Hospital Federal Courthouse.
In 1955, the father and son bought the property, which would later be transformed into what the New York Times companies call “crown jewelry”: Americana Manhasset Boulevard, a shopping mall full of luxury brands in Miracle Mile in the North.
More than 50 international boutiques today including Americana, Gucci, Dior, Cartier, Fendi, Hermès, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Hirshleifers, Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, and London Jewelers and the home of Castagna Realty’s offices.
In 1956, Castagna married Rita, the daughter of Emanuel Ronzoni’s, Ronzoni Macaroni Co., now owned by General Foods. Rita Castagna works as the director of Castagna Realty, and her daughters, Catherine, served as president.
The couple later became philanthropists from the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the Northwell Health System Partners Council, the Henry Viscardi Center in Albertson, the Momma House, the Tilles Performing Arts Center and the Nassau County Art Museum.
Together and individually, North Shore Land Alliance, Safe Center Long Island, Long Island Association, St. Francis Hospital, Nassau County Domestic Violence Coalition Coalition, American Cancer Society Asian Initiatives, Maurer Foundation Breast Health Education and Sid Jacobson JCC, in East Hills, among others.
Castagna also served on the board of Old Westbury Gardens, Hofstra University Honors College, and the American Jewish Committee.
In addition, one of Castagna Realty’s longest-running initiatives, the Championship for the Holidays at Americana Manhasset, brought about $ 10 million for over 100 nonprofits.
“Frank was known for his vision, integrity, compassion, and mercy,” said Castagna Realty. “He did business with a handshake and gained great respect and admiration from CEOs of global fashion brands, property development partners, charity directors, and the Castagna Realty team. While he was a simple, humble, and complementary gentleman, Frank also had an irrepressible smile and love for life. ”
“We work on the basis that we are part of a community in general,” Castagna told The Times in 1997. Said. The best for the community is the best for ourselves and our family. ”
In addition to his wife over 60 years, Castagna children survived by Catherine (Ernie) and Fred and their grandchildren Brian, Michael, Frank and Mario, and their stepchildren Amber and Marissa. Predicted by his son Paul.
Currently, services and meetings are private, and the family requests that donations named Castagna be made to the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, the Nassau County Art Museum, and the Island Harvest.