The Old Soles of Old Brooklyn

By Jika González & Juanita Ceballos | December 16, 2014

For the first time in his life, ninety-two-year-old Frank Catalfumo has stopped working at F & C Shoe Rebuilding in South Brooklyn, the shop he inherited from his father after World War II. Now the shop is run by Frank’s son Michael, who has also followed in his father’s footsteps. Though F & C is as busy as ever, the trade stops with this generation, as Michael’s children have been able to choose different life paths.

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Jika González is a freelance journalist, photographer and multimedia producer from Mexico City. She is currently a senior Digital Media Associate at the Columbia School of Journalism in New York City. Follow her @JikaGlez.

Juanita Ceballos is a visual journalist from Colombia. Her work has taken her to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela and most recently to Mexico. Follow her on Instagram @juaanita_ceballos.

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