Since 1822 the Fulton Fish Market has been operating on South Street in Manhattan. For almost as long the city has been trying to get it to move. Before the docks became obsolete to the fish selling business in New York it was proposed that the fish market be moved to Brooklyn or further uptown on the Hudson. Since the 1950s the idea has been to move the market to the Bronx. It’s stayed put, though, a city unto itself adjacent to the financial district, but a world apart, alive at night and nearly deserted by the time the markets come to life.
After propositions, promises, refusals, and once even breaking ground in the mid-1970’s the Fulton Fish Market is moving to a new state of the art facility in Hunts Point in The Bronx. The move has proven a hurly burly affair, as the owners have already ignored several deadlines, taking a we’ll move when we please approach, though most expect this will happen before the Fall.
The new facility is far more conducive to working in the winter and summer than the open-air Fulton market. Some worry, though, that relocating to Hunts Point, a corner of the city that somebody forgot to let in on the fact that quality of life went up in the mid-nineties, will leave the market open for organized crime to once again infiltrate. We can only hope that the city has a post-move plan to acclimate the market to its new surroundings.
Of course the hope is that bringing industry to the area will help its development. Who knows — In 20 years the fish market might be forced out once again for luxury high rises and a new playground.
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