Days gone by

Gentrification cleans up some areas than need to be changed. Other times some things removed were so iconic and they’ll never be replaced. Such is the Fulton Fish Market in lower Manhattan, NY. Now a place for swells called the South Street Seaport, this trendy place has none of the character it once had.From the hole in the wall bars where a fast shooter and a beer wash with lunch was a regular habit. Lunch here was about 01:00; your stomach doesn’t know what time it is. The ubiquitous curb dog wagon the truckers visited for the road food to be eaten on the way to deliver the fish were scattered all around the local streets.Curb DogsFulton St. Manhattan, NY 4/19/1973 Nikon F 85mm Nikkor Ektachrome 64

Inside the market the fish from the commercial boats are put out for the buyers to come in and purchase what they want for the day or two. Retail stores, restauranteurs, and fish markets from around the area came into the market. By 07:00 the market was closing, everyone needing supplies was on the road making deliveries or at their restaurants getting ready for the day.Fulton Fish MarketFulton St. Manhattan, NY 4/19/1973 Nikon F 35mm Nikkor Ektachrome 160

Some of the larger fish like the halibut which range from Virginia to Greenland on the Atlantic came into the Fulton Fish Market where they were sold either whole or cut up depending on the customer. Price for a fish depended upon condition, size and how much one wished to buy.HalibutFulton St. Manhattan, NY 4/19/1973 Nikon F 85mm Nikkor Ektachrome 64

The new Fulton Fish Market is in the Bronx at Hunts Point. Why it is called the Fulton Fish Market is a good question.

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About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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