Friday, November 12, 2010

The Old Fulton Fish Market

Former Fulton Fish Market building. Brooklyn Bridge in background.
Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market closed in 2005. Although I work just a few blocks away from its long-time location, I never knew where exactly it was until mid-October.

Paul and I were walking along the East River, from the Lower East Site all the way to Battery Park. When we got to the South Street Seaport, we slowed down to wander through an outdoor market. All of a sudden, just a few feet from the stalls, there it was -- the Fulton Fish Market.

The New Fulton Fish Market is in the Bronx, and according to its website, the former market relocated five years ago this Sunday, November 14, after 180 years in South Manhattan. About 5 percent of the country's seafood sales reportedly came through the market, and I would have liked to have visited. Truthfully, I probably never would have -- it's hours were 3 to 9 a.m. Monday and Thursday, and 4 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Not exactly prime hours for sightseeing.

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