I've been in New York for close to 20 years and I had never
thought about checking out the Fulton Fish Market. I guess
it's hard to wrap my head around the idea that there's a
bustling fish market next to a cheesy tourist trap and steps
away from the financial district.
When I read that it's about to move in 2005 to Hunts Point in
the Bronx, I realized that I had better haul ass down there
and see it before another piece of old Lower Manhattan
The market reminded me of Tsujiki
in Tokyo, but on a smaller scale. There's not as much exotic seafood,
though I think that has more to do with market forces than with
What made Fulton as interesting as Tsujiki is its
Seeing that much energy and activity in the
dead of the night and in an otherwise desolate financial district
is very unexpected. I love the place's Jekyll & Hyde transformation from
cheesy-tourists-and-power-suits-by-day to fish-mongers-by-night.
Oh, and if it seems that there's not much people it's because
Wednesday (the day we went) is the slowest day.
Mondays and Thursdays are the busiest. Or so we were told. Perhaps I'll go back and
check it out on a Thursday one day. Hopefully on a warmer night.
The night we went was freezing. I could barely control the camera
through the glove I was wearing.