Nancy’s Neighbors Meet Carla Dario


Carla Dario, born in 1908 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, grew up to do what only the nuns at the St. James Catholic Church across the street did. Carla chose career over motherhood, becoming the highest-ranking woman at an international energy company as the secretary to its president.

Meet Carla’s family who migrated from war-prone Italy in the 19th-century. How did her parents struggle to raise a family despite have poor English skills? What life lessons did Carla learn from them as they lived through World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and World War II in Manhattan and Brooklyn?

Follow Carla from their James Street apartment, where luxury was a kitchen bathtub and shared toilets in the building’s hallway, to her glamorous life of wearing Fifth Avenue designer clothing, attending Broadway shows, and dining at restaurants atop midtown Manhattan’s new skyscrapers, a life made possible when her parents encouraged her to attend a community college.

ISBN 978-1735457468; paperback; English; 6.6 oz; 5.5 x .23 x 8.5 in. 102 pages; illustrated; published May 1, 2023.


Welcome to Nancy’s Neighbors.

Who is Nancy? Let’s pretend that Nancy lives near some people who love to listen to each other’s stories.
As soon as you start reading the first chapter, you become one of Nancy’s Neighbors.

The storytellers want to inspire you with stories about how it was in the twentieth century so that you can make the twenty-first century a better one. Sometimes, the names or dates have been changed. The stories are about real people and real events and real places.

If you lost a storyteller in your life, our hope is that these stories might fill that gap in your heart just a little bit.
Stories can make us more human, wiser and more humane.

Additional information

Weight 6.6 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × .23 × 8.5 in