With the recent frigid weather and an inquiry today (someone was wondering if I had info about their relative who was an "ice handler") I was reminded of this wonderful graphic image from the Library of Congress.
Bethlehem had many ice houses and many farmers earning income in the winter months during the harvest.
And while we're on winter images from the Library of Congress, I just love this one:
New Amsterdam of course is the early Dutch settlement at the tip of Manhattan. 150 miles up the Hudson River was Fort Orange/Beverwyck which is today's Albany. Both were settled in the early 1600s as part of the Dutch territory of New Netherlands.