Fish market is the catch of the day
The fishmongers of the old Fulton Fish Market on the downtown Manhattan waterfront were somewhat leery of the move to a brand-spanking new, fully enclosed market way up in the Bronx. But after settling in, they’ve gotten hooked on their new location.
Now, two years since the market exchanged the cobblestone streets and unrelenting seagulls next to the South Street Seaport for the temperature-controlled, 400,000 square-foot distribution center at Hunts Point, business is going, well, swimmingly.
The new market, which employs more than 10,000 people, is the largest market of its kind in the country.
Together with the rest of the 329-acre Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, it is part of the largest commercial food center in the world.
When Mayor Bloomberg visited the market on opening day, he predicted it would create $1 billion in annual economic activity in the Bronx.
On a recent weekday morning, cartons of iced fish, scales loaded down with tuna and sea bass, and men throwing fish in the air, made the center feel lively. Restaurant owners and grocery chains come to buy tons of fish every day.
The $85 million project, which took 10 years to build, has finally found its home.