Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

near the old fulton fish market

Posted in Fulton Fish Market by bowsprite on 2010/11/21

Once upon a time, the Fulton Fish Market was the most important wholesale fish market on the east coast of this country. Fishing vessels from across the Atlantic Ocean would come into our harbor to sell their catch. In the ’50’s, trucks replaced the boats.

Naima Rauam was there when the trucks pulled in, when the boxes would be stacked and cracked open, and when metal bins of fires would be stoked to keep the workers warm in the dark hours of cold winter predawn. She would be there working there on her canvases alongside with them. Her paintings are up at 210 Front Street / Beekman St, and today at 3pm, Jack Putnam, a seaport historian, will read from the works of Joseph Mitchell. Details here.

Barbara Mensch is my favorite photographer of this world now gone.

And! today, the New Amsterdam Market revives the market and commerce on the old streets, at South St and Peck Slip, selling local arts-of-the-food. The market is held every sunday until mid-December (except for Thxgiving weekend.) The mood is always lively; come support and enjoy!

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