A Possible Permanent Home for Fledgling Farmers Market
The former site of the Fulton Fish Market at the South Street Seaport may become a year-round farmers market. In her State of the City address last Thursday, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a proposal for a new public market for regional food at the once bustling fishmonger’s haven.
“Imagine a market that reflects the history of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the country, a neighborhood whose food trade helped build New York City into a thriving port town,” said Speaker Quinn in a speech that focused on stimulating the city’s economy.
A temporary farmers market for regional food purveyors who source from local farms has operated at the site for the past two years. The New Amsterdam Market was held sporadically once a month on Sundays and drew large crowds.
Jason Fink of amNewYork reported on Friday that the site was slated for development. However, the developer, General Growth Properties, filed for bankruptcy last spring, putting the company’s redevelopment plans in doubt.