In this episode we travel to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn to a last sign of the Lost Kingdom of Ice, the Rubel Coal and Ice Corporation building. Once upon a time natural ice ruled, cut from the lakes of Upstate New York and New England, it shipped to the streets of New York City, where ice trucks clattered across the cobblestones to deliver the ice slivers and blocks to hot, thirsty. We remember the realm of natural ice, the weak artificial ice that’s replaced it, and the last relics of the Kingdom of Ice.
Here’s the Rubel Coal and Ice Company on Google Street View:
Rubel Coal & Ice Corporation:
Watch the Ice Worker’s song from ‘Frozen’:
Grieg on guitar:
The Knickerbocker Ice Festival here!