“Barese Icemen” documentary to be shown at Calandra Institute Feb. 22


The documentary “The Barese Icemen of New York” will be shown at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 6 P.M.

Produced in 2015, the 80-minute documentary follows the story of the Italian immigrants from the Region of Puglia who from the 1920s to the 1960s dominated the making and delivery of ice in New York City.

Interviews with former icemen and their families as well as individuals who currently work in the ice business shed interesting light on this niche occupation. What was it like lugging 100 pounds of ice up four flights of tenement stairs? Why did this trade remain lucrative throughout the Great Depression? How did many of these icemen transition into coal and oil delivery after household refrigerators became the norm?

Director Carlo Magaletti, himself Barese, looks at these topics in this exploration of how Pugliesi came to dominate the ice business.

A post-screening discussion will be led by Mark Naison of Fordham University.

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute is located at 25 West 43rd Street, 17th floor (between 5th and 6th Avenues), in Manhattan.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 212-642-2094. Seating is limited, and seats cannot be reserved. Click here for further information.

The Calandra Institute is a university-wide institute under the aegis of Queens College, The City University of New York.

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