The New Fulton Fish Market, NYC - Phil Eidenberg-Noppe

The New Fulton Fish Market, NYC

The New Fulton Fish Market is located in Hunts Point, a warehousing district in the south end of the New York City borough of the Bronx. It is on the waterfront across the East River from Rikers Island (New York's main jail complex) and Laguardia Airport. 

The market first opened on a site in lower Manhattan in1807 on land donated to New York City, and was originally a general market for both fish and other goods. In 1822 the fish merchants moved to a new location in Manhattan on South Street between Fulton and Beekman Streets. The market was located at this site near the Brooklyn Bridge (just a few blocks from Wall Street) for most of its history.

In that era it was the destination of fishing boats from across the Atlantic Ocean. The market gradually gained in importance, and in 1924 the market sold 384 million pounds of fish, 25 percent of all seafood sold in the United States. By the 1950s, most of the Market's fish were trucked in rather than offloaded from the docks. The wholesalers at the Market then sold to restaurateurs and retailers who purchased fresh fish of every imaginable variety. In its original location, it was one of the last, and most significant, of the great wholesale food markets of New York. It survived major fires in 1835, 1845, 1918, and 1995.

On November 14, 2005 the market, which is now the largest consortium of seafood wholesalers in the country, relocated its operations to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx to an indoor fully refrigerated facility – “The New Fulton Fish Market Cooperative at Hunts Point”. The 400,000 square foot facility was constructed at a cost of over $86,000,000 and houses 37 seafood wholesale businesses. It is inside a rectangular building over 3 and a half football fields in length.  In its new location it handles millions of pounds of seafood daily, with annual sales exceeding one billion dollars, and is second in size only to Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.  The fish market along with the Hunt’s Point produce and meat markets serve as the main nodes within a 329-acre campus at Hunts Point and supply 50% of the New York City’s produce, meat, and fish.

The market is open from 1 A.M. to 7 A.M.  Photography included in this project was captured between 1:00 and 4:00 A.M. on a summer’s night in June, 2017.

(sources: Wikipedia, The New Fulton Fish Market website)

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