Jump on the Train

A Dyslexic Entrepreneur's 50-Year Ride from the Leisure Suit to the Bowery Hotel and a New York Solar Farm

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Pub Date 20 Feb 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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Description

Gerald Rosengarten discovered early that when the right train comes into the station, jump on it!

Learn the magic that happens behind the scenes when the doors suddenly open and unforeseen opportunities arise in the big city. In a half century of innovative ventures, the brash New Yorker never let dyslexia slow his creative mind and penchant for free thinking and deal making, even though he was functionally unable to read until he was in his fifties. Discover how he created the greatest men’s fashion development of the era—the leisure suit—and how it subsequently fell off a cliff.

How did he follow that experience? By legalizing loft living and changing the Gotham landscape. Rosengarten confronted endless and occasionally incorrigible bureaucracies, competitors, and colleagues. Whether his timing was just right or way off, he has never shied away from a challenge. Rosengarten is still creating; his newest design is The Slide Watchband for the Apple Watch.

Jump on the Train is your ticket to learn the life lessons of an iconoclast who has found a way to succeed despite not always knowing what he was getting himself into. Relying on intuition, curiosity, and street smarts, Rosengarten often finds himself in stranger-than-fiction moments. In the process, he has made an indelible imprint on the culture and physical identity of the greatest city in the world.

This book is for those not sure which train to take, as well as to those already on the train but not sure where to get off. Enjoy the ride.

Gerald Rosengarten discovered early that when the right train comes into the station, jump on it!

Learn the magic that happens behind the scenes when the doors suddenly open and unforeseen...


Advance Praise

Jump on the Train brings me back to the 70s. Style design touches most of Jerry’s ventures, which I think is why he did so many different things after leaving fashion. His story reads more like fiction than fact.” Elie Tahari, fashion designer

Jump on the Train is a fast and furious read, like a roller coaster ride that takes you through the excitement and downfalls of the New York scene from a quintessential New Yorker. And I thought my life was complex.” Domingo Zapata, artist

Jump on the Train is a must-read for serial entrepreneurs, real estate enthusiasts, and anyone captivated by the fast-paced world of business and entertainment in New York City. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, practical insights, or simply a thrilling narrative set against the vibrant backdrop of the Big Apple, Jerry Rosengarten delivers.” Shane Neman, author, Nightlife Lessons

“I appreciate all the courtroom drama in Jerry’s legal battles. They’re fascinating to read and show the complexity of real estate and property law. Even if you’re not a lawyer, you won’t be able to put this book down.” Marty Bockstein, attorney (retired) 

“The author’s life trajectory can be characterized by meager childhood educational opportunities, steady resolve facing adversity, and the opportunities stemming from bouts of creative hypomania. That energy has been eventually harnessed by a woman, his wife, to his and our great benefit as the description of his journey should be an inspiration to anyone regardless of their start in life.” Francis Mas, MD, psychiatrist

“I’ve built some beautiful projects over a long career, and I give Jerry Rosengarten credit for the real estate he’s developed. The escapades in Jump on the Train are mostly new to me and fun to read; I wish I were there.” Daniel Lebensohn, real estate investor/developer

“From his seat on a bullet train that hurtles over time, Gerald Rosengarten guides us through the various chapters of an eclectic, well-lived life. Undaunted by a severe learning disability and lacking a college degree, Rosengarten’s story is poignant yet gritty but ultimately inspiring and triumphant. Jump on the Train has a subtext: ‘stop your kvetching and pull up your boots.’ This is a true ‘hero’s journey,’ the story of an entrepreneur from a bygone age, and its lessons are needed now more than ever.” Peter J. Fox, screenwriter

Jump on the Train brings me back to the 70s. Style design touches most of Jerry’s ventures, which I think is why he did so many different things after leaving fashion. His story reads more like...


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EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781637556160
PRICE $28.00 (USD)
PAGES 296

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