Closing Time: Storia di un Negozio (2006), 30 min., Veronica Diaferia, dir.
Located at the corner of Mulberry and Grand Streets, E. Rossi & Co. was one of the Italian American community’s oldest and most well-known stores in New York City. The store was more than a place of business; it was a national treasure, a living archive of Italian American cultural history. In January 2006, the city’s real estate market successfully forced the store to close and change its historical location. “Closing Time” documents the store’s last month of business as members of the Rossi family, customers, and neighbors reminisce about the store’s important contribution to the city’s Italian culture.