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Made in Brooklyn Since 1945.

Mar 30th, 2013 | Categories: Brooklyn, Video | by Michael Williams

The Made in Brooklyn series from filmmaker Dustin Cohen won’t stop telling good stories. The subject this time is Frank Catalfumo of F&C Shoe Rebuilding in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who’s been making and fixing footwear out of his little shop since 1945. Despite being 91 years old (or ninety and a half as he says), Frank is still going strong working five days a week alongside his son Michael. It’s really interesting to hear about how the neighborhood has changed in the nearly seventy years since he’s been there. While Bensonhurst may not have stayed the same, Frank with his sunny outlook has persevered.


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Comments: 10

10 Comments to “Made in Brooklyn Since 1945.”

  1. tim
    on Mar 30th, 2013
    @ 8:08 PM

    Sidney Bechet! Great video. So much respect to a dying breed of hard workers.

  2. Miguel Ramalhão
    on Mar 31st, 2013
    @ 9:23 AM

    Love it. It’s so cool to see people that have a true purpose in their life. People who have a passion. This is a trade that is coming back. The public is getting tired of shoes that will only last one season. So a shoe repair shop will be essential in the future. It’s nice to see that the son is also on the trade.
    From a Shoe Maker and owner os a small handmade shoe company this movie makes me feel so proud…

  3. Kenyan
    on Mar 31st, 2013
    @ 9:38 AM

    Lovely video…!

  4. David
    on Mar 31st, 2013
    @ 10:40 AM

    Great story. So cool to think of all the history he has seen and continues to live through.

  5. Clifford
    on Apr 1st, 2013
    @ 5:45 PM

    I grew up in Bensonhurst and If there’s one neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s probably been unchanged since the 40s it would be Bensonhurst. For good or bad.

  6. brennan
    on Apr 2nd, 2013
    @ 9:32 AM

    great video!

  7. sam
    on Apr 2nd, 2013
    @ 4:09 PM

    they dont make them like that anymore. thx for the video.

    -brooklyn born and raised.

  8. Jason
    on Apr 4th, 2013
    @ 11:19 AM

    My grandfather owned and operated a shop just like this. I worked for him in the 80′s. All those tools and machines bring back memories.

  9. david scott
    on Apr 4th, 2013
    @ 8:51 PM

  10. ned
    on Apr 21st, 2013
    @ 11:28 PM

    Love the video but this man is not a shoemaker, he is a cobbler, VERY DIFFERENT!