Zachary Cohen and friend at New Amsterdam Market at the former NYC Department of Markets location at South Street Seaport
Sullivan Street Bakery at the New Amsterdam Market
Brent Young of The Meat Hook taking pre-Thanksgiving Orders
East Village's Lukes Lobster serves hundreds of pounds of lobster -- a good day for business
Photos (Lexi Van de Walle): October 2009, New Amsterdam Market
The organizers of New Amsterdam Market, most notably Robert LaValva, having been doing a great job at engaging local authorities, and especially Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in advocating for making the abandoned Fulton Street Fish Market a vibrant and thriving hub of regional food in New York City -- again! Join me tomorrow at a press conference downtown.
TIME HAS BEEN ADVANCED TO 11:30 AM ALONG THE EAST RIVER (IN FRONT OF THE NEW MARKET BUILDING) BETWEEN BEEKMAN ST. AND PECK SLIP -- DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/
Here's the email I got this morning:
Dear Friends and Supporters,
This Thursday, April 15 at 11:00am New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a press conference to promote her ongoing support of public markets. The gathering will take place at the site of the world-renowned Fulton Fish Market on South Street in Lower Manhattan. We ask any of you who can make it to attend. Please check our website homepage for last-minute details and the exact location of the conference. Read more...Voted "BEST OUTDOOR MARKET" by New York Magazine, the vision is to develop an economic hub for regionally grown and processed foods:
"Working with Council Member Margaret Chin, we’re developing a proposal for a brand new public market for regional foods. We can build it at the site of the Fulton Fish Market. It's already slated for redevelopment, so let’s make sure we develop it in a way that creates the most jobs. 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. Our market would be a destination for residents and tourists of every income. A place to meet friends for shopping, or sit and read over a cup of coffee. A place where kids could see cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, or learn how food gets from the farm to city.Public markets like these serve as major tourist attractions and centers of economic activity for other cities. Pike Place in Seattle is home to nearly 200 businesses and 5,000 jobs, and it attracts an average of 8 -10 million visitors a year. New Yorkers are hungry for those same opportunities. We already have the ingredients. So let's get cooking!"
- New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: February 2010
To read more about other great policy suggestions for New York City, check out my blog post on Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's "Food NYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System".
Read more about the New Amsterdam Market in national and local press, including The Atlantic, Conde Nast Traveler and The New York Times -- some dating back to 2006 -- here.