New Amsterdam Market’s Board May Try to Resume Operations

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The old Fulton Fish Market. Photo: Robin Riley

Although organization founder Robert LaValva announced he was pulling the plug on the nine-year-old New Amsterdam Market in the form of a short farewell email sent on Monday, board member Roland Lewis says he and his peers have met to discuss continuing the market and are now "exploring ways that that can be done." Councilmember Margaret Chin, who was singled out in LaValva's email as an alleged impediment to the market's success, later issued a statement saying the email had been "without the approval or knowledge" of the board, which includes author Paul Greenberg and chef April Bloomfield. Lewis confirms no one had prior knowledge of the market's sudden demise. "It was a surprise to us, he says. An unfortunate surprise." [Tribeca Trib, Related]