8. The Fulton Fish Market

Fulton Fish Market undergoing demolition

The Fulton Fish Market was one of the largest wholesale fish markets on the east coast. Started in 1822, at South Street, fish were delivered by boat right to the market from the East River. Later on they were delivered by truck, but the market lasted at this same location until 2005 when it relocated to Hunts Point in the Bronx. It was a smelly, noisy and chaotic place at 5:00am, but it was a real New York institution. Chefs would choose their fresh fish from the market for their dinner menus. The site was slated for redevelopment into a 494’ hotel/condo that the local community has been fighting.

Take a look inside the current Hunts Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx.

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5 thoughts on “8 Disappearing Districts And Neighborhoods of NYC

  1. I agree with seven of your eight examples, but Shoe Row? You’re comparing that pestilence to the Fulton Fish Market and the Garment District? Eighth Street was a perfectly nice thoroughfare with a variety of retail stores and cafes until Shoe Row, as you call it, turned the street into a mini version of West 34 Street. It wasn’t a district so much as a blight. I haven’t walked along that street in years but I’m glad to hear “Most of the shoe businesses have left due to rising rents and lack of customers.” The loss of the Printing District in Soho would have been a better choice, as it was a genuine, albeit inevitable, loss.

  2. South Street Seaport has been destroyed by the greed of the real estate industry and the Bill Deblasio. From the tearing down of the Pathmark and allowing a building that does not fit into the neighborhood is deplorable. From the lifting the deed restrictions on a healthcare building to allow a greedy developer to take it and build unaffordable housing is ridiculous. The causes of these issues stems from REBNY who has bought off every single politician. But, the other issue is the novices in city hall like James Patchett, Dominik Williams and Emma Wolf who’s previous experience is lacky’s for Deblasio, who have never experienced a real estate deal in their lives.

    1. Bill DeBlasio had nothing to do with the loss of the South Street Seaport. This was accomplished over 10 years ago when EDC took control of the area. It was aided and abetted by many local interests including CB1 who did not fight for a historical presence instead of the replacement monstrosity on Pier 15.
      There is no point whatsoever in fudging facts for the purpose of political points.
      David.

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