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  • civil engineering degree
    Widener University
  • honorary doctorate degree
    Long Island University
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Press | Luxury Shopping New York | Americana Manhasset, 14 Mar 2006 [cached]
The shopping center might have ended up like so many other malls - losing customers, teetering on the edge of oblivion - were it not for the foresight of Frank Castagna, Castagna Realty's chairman. 'Great Gatsby'
In the 1980s, Castagna concluded Americana could be more successful if it catered to the wealthy residents on Long Island's North Shore.
"I've lived in this area for 60 years, so I knew we had customers who wanted luxury products and no one else here was serving them," Castagna said.
The trick was persuading locals to shop in the area rather than head to Madison Avenue boutiques or jet to Paris. Castagna took heart from Hirshleifers, a family-run store in the mall already doing a brisk business selling Armani and Chanel. As old leases expired, Castagna wooed top-tier retailers and Hirshleifers kept expanding.
In 1996, Castagna, a board member of a half dozen Long Island nonprofits, started Champions for Charity, which is held the first week of every December; customers direct 25 percent of the price of their purchases to local causes.
Yet at 86, Castagna still spends part of each workday walking around stores to gauge what's selling.
Behind the scenes, Castagna continues to tweak the formula.
Americana Manhasset owner Frank Castagna was discussing his proposal that Hirshleifers build a second floor above its existing 14,000-square-foot store. "There are plans for considerably more space, 10,000 square feet," he said.
"There were some very difficult times during that period," Castagna said.
"I see no problem filling the space" Castagna is proposing, Lori said.
"The second floor could happen in the next three to five years," Castagna said.
ith the ongoing and very generous support from Americana Manhasset President Deirdre CostaMajor and its Owner, Frank Castagna, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation looks forward to future events with an organization whose philanthropic reach knows no bounds.
Frank Castagna gives high-end shoppers what they want,
As the owner of two of Long Island's premier places to shop, Frank Castagna has made a huge mark on the area's retail landscape.
The son of a successful general contractor, Castagna began building the Americana shopping center in Manhasset in 1955 and it since has bec6me an internationally recognized destination for luxury shopping. Castagna Realty also helped build North Shore University Hospital, New York City police department headquarters and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
But while his legacy lies with the Americana and the Wheatley Plaza in Greenvale, Castagna's charity work may be his most lasting contribution.
Awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters from Long Island University, Castagna serves on the board of directors of Old Westbury Gardens, Honors College at Hofstra University and the American Jewish Committee. Last week the Sid Jacobson JCC honored Castagna for making the community a better place to live, work and play.
At the Americana in Manhasset, Frank Castagna's high-end shopping strategy is paying off.
The suit is a gray pinstripe by Polo Ralph Lauren. The blue and silver tie, Chanel. And the distinctive silver watch with the deep blue dial? "Cartier," says Frank Castagna, forgoing the proper French elocution to pronounce the "r" at the end.
His impeccable attire for a day at the office suits Castagna's status as the owner of the Americana Manhasset shopping center, a pinnacle of luxury retailing in America.
But his disarming way of speaking suits Castagna's background as the man who spent 50 years creating this shopping destination out of a strip mall that once housed a supermarket, a drugstore and a movie theater. With his international wardrobe and approachable manners, Castagna is a man with a deep understanding of a certain local shopper and what that shopper wants.
It's taken five decades of winnowing out shops that didn't fit the image and putting just the right ones in their places, but Castagna, 77, says he has finally assembled the mix of coveted labels he's always envisioned. "It has a cohesive energy to it, and it says what we want it to say," he said.
Castagna has succeeded in linking the center to the surrounding Gold Coast community, tapping into the charity/socialite/hard-core shopping circuit of Long Island. He is on the boards of some of the Island's leading charities, and the Americana is a frequent site for charity events and other parties.
Castagna and his staff make sure of it.
That was hardly the ambience of the property on Northern Boulevard at Searingtown Road when Frank Castagna joined his family's general contracting company in 1956. His vision, even then, was to turn the nondescript collection of stores into the Fifth Avenue of Long Island.
To survive, Castagna signed long-term leases with a discount store, supermarket and other tenants that didn't fit the plan.
As those leases expired, Castagna Realty, the owner of the shopping center, turned down potentially lucrative tenants to focus instead on luxury. "We realized we had to be strong in one area," Castagna said.
In the '80s, he brought in architect Peter Marino to give the center an upscale look with limestone facades, granite sidewalks and seasonal landscaping. All this was designed to appeal to the high-end demographic of the North Shore, where the top 10 ZIP codes that shop the Americana have an average household income of $154,718, and where country clubs, golf courses and yacht harbors keep residents near home most of the year.
Even so, 8 percent of the shoppers come from Manhattan, drawn by the easy proximity of their favorite shops. "If they have a car and driver, they're here," Castagna said.
Merging commerce, altruism The Americana was among the first to link retailing to charity, now a common strategy at department stores. In 1996, Castagna started Champions for Charity, an event held the first week of every December in which customers direct 25 percent of the price of their purchases to various local causes.
Frank is always there," Levine said.
Castagna is also a friend and donor to politicians from the governor on down.
"Enough to land a few victories," Castagna said.
Every season, the Americana owner, Frank Castagna, and its creative director, Deirdre Costa Major, try to stay ahead, attending fashion shows in New York, Milan and Paris to search for retailers their shoppers will like - cutting-edge, but not too edgy.
Frank Castagna, principal of ..., 7 April 2010 [cached]
Frank Castagna, principal of Americana Manhasset, says "Toku's fine cuisine and sophisticated atmosphere create a global dining experience in keeping with the caliber of Americana Manhasset."
Council of Overseers - Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
Frank Castagna Castagna Realty Company
FRANK ..., 13 Jan 2005 [cached]
Chairman, Castagna Realty Company, Inc.
As principal and partner with his wife Rita of Castagna Realty Company, Frank Castagna continues the traditions of his father's successful construction company, Gerace and Castagna Inc., founded in 1922 as a masonry contracting business.The company grew quickly into a dynamic general contracting firm, and built a lasting legacy by specializing in major construction projects, including hospitals, libraries and prisons, and such notable structures as the New York City Police Headquarters, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the University Hospital at Stony Brook.
After graduating from Widener University (PA) in 1950 with a civil engineering degree, Castagna joined his father's company.Five years later, the company purchased what would become its flagship property and began the development of Americana Manhasset.In 1965, the company was renamed Castagna and Son, Inc.
Some 20 years ago, Castagna recognized the need for a master plan for the Americana Manhasset property, which, he says, at the time "consisted of a J.J. Newberry store and a couple of supermarkets."
Through Castagna's leadership and vision, the company has moved beyond general contracting and has channeled its energies solely in real estate, becoming a well known name in the New York-Westchester-Long Island area.Today, Castagna says the company "builds for its own account, manages properties, and has been active in entering into joint ventures."Yet to every project, Castagna brings the company's commitment to quality and dedication to the development of profitable, environmentally responsible projects that enhance the community.
"There's been a general up-tick in the economy on the Island in the last couple of years with a relatively low unemployment rate," says Castagna.Knowledgeable of local construction trends, he notes that "Long Island's currently experiencing a period of conversions of older office buildings in efforts to upgrade the structures and make them more viable in the marketplace."Home construction and renovations are accelerating because of the number of aging homes built following World War II.The current trend, he says, will continue, "as long as the local economy can support it."
Over the years, Castagna has developed a strong sense of commitment to, and concern for, the communities in which he does business.His community service focuses on areas he considers "key to communities" - hospitals, children's programs, health services, education and cultural institutions.
After serving a two-year term as president of the Board of Trustees of the Nassau County Museum of Art, Castagna is currently senior vice president of the Board of Directors, and is a major player in the proposed expansion wing that would include art galleries, an auditorium and classrooms.In addition to serving on the Board of the Institute for Student Achievement, Friends Academy and National Center for Disabilities Services, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Old Westbury Gardens, the Anti-Defamation League and Honors College at Hofstra University, and is chairman emeritus of the Council of Overseers for Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.In October 2004, Castagna was recognized by the American Jewish Committee, and received the AJC's prestigious Human Relations Award.He was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters, and Castagna Realty was named Family Business of the Year, by Long Island University.
Six years ago, Castagna initiated Americana Manhasset's Champions for Charity®, one of the first efforts of its kind to harness the revenues of the holiday season and direct dollars to nonprofit organizations.
Catherine and her husband Joseph have four sons, Brian, Michael, Mario and Frank.
Frank Castagna of ..., 8 Mar 2015 [cached]
Frank Castagna of Castagna Realty offered the brothers a location that was also at The Americana Manhasset; it seemed only logical to say yes.
With the continued help of Frank Castagna, Gillis and George went on to open up the very popular French Bistro at the Wheatley Plaza.
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