Seaport Working Group Formed to Address Fulton Fish Market Site’s Future

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The old Fulton Fish Market. Photo: Barbara Mensch/Courtesy New Amsterdam Market

Representatives from Howard Hughes Corp., as well as City Council Member Margaret Chin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and a variety of local community and advocacy organizations are all part of a new group set to address the real-estate developer's intentions to build a massive, 50-story hotel and residential tower on the site of the old Fulton Fish Market's New Market building, which is set to be demolished.

Brewer tells WSJ that she "would like the group to consider alternative plans by bidders other than Howard Hughes," while many others, including Robert LaValva of New Amsterdam Market, argue that the Fulton parcel is one the few remaining extant sites with a direct link to the city's 400-year tradition of public food markets and should be preserved.

LaValva will speak with authors Paul Greenberg and Mark Kurlansky, who've both written extensively about New York's fish and seafood, tomorrow night at the New York Public Library, at a talk billed as an "evening of memory, protest, and plans." The event is free to attend.

New Hurdle for City Projects [WSJ]
Saving Fulton Fish Market: Special Author Workshop [NYPL]
Earlier: Howard Hughes Corp Presenting Plans for Fulton Fish Building Demolition Tonight