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      When I moved into the neighborhood in 1983, there were two proper fish markets along this stretch of Bleecker. A few years later, the owner of one was shot and killed, the other owner was implicated in some manner and both stores closed. Who knew fish mongering could be so dangerous. I never got the entire story, but it meant that for a number of years, there was no fish market on Bleecker.

      This place, called simply Fish which opened three or four years ago, is a restaurant and retail fish market. For all I know it may be excellent, but when I went in a few weeks after they opened to buy a fillet of salmon, the guy didn’t know how to fillet fish, and since then, I too often see fish piled upon fish in the window instead of laid out directly on the ice, so I don’t trust it. For my fresh fish, I go up to Citarella (which used to be Balducci’s – that’s a story for another time) several blocks north on Sixth Avenue.
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Bleecker Street Series #36
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When I moved into the neighborhood in 1983, there were two proper fish markets along this stretch of Bleecker. A few years later, the owner of one was shot and killed, the other owner was implicated in some manner and both stores closed. Who knew fish mongering could be so dangerous. I never got the entire story, but it meant that for a number of years, there was no fish market on Bleecker.

This place, called simply Fish which opened three or four years ago, is a restaurant and retail fish market. For all I know it may be excellent, but when I went in a few weeks after they opened to buy a fillet of salmon, the guy didn’t know how to fillet fish, and since then, I too often see fish piled upon fish in the window instead of laid out directly on the ice, so I don’t trust it. For my fresh fish, I go up to Citarella (which used to be Balducci’s – that’s a story for another time) several blocks north on Sixth Avenue.





On April 20 2004 46 Views



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Ribena On 21/04/2004

Oh, I love this story of the fish mobs. It begs to be adapted into an animated short. Or something.


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Upulagi On 21/04/2004

I agree.. fish is always a bit risky. I go to the outside market and buy whole fish , but i insist on sniffing it and looking at it`s eyes.. if it smells and its eyes are cloudy i will give it a miss.Fish mongering dangerous?!?!? sounds like cloak and dagger stuff! who would have thought!!!!I was talking to a net friend from Egypt and he works in a web cafe and he said they were robbed last night...I can understand that! but a fish monger?


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Zinetv On 21/04/2004

I just caught up on the series. I noticed that I still go back for the food places, although I don`t think I even noticed this place. I take my fish seriously and don’t like to see it treated like bait. Murray`s, Ottomanelli`s and Porto Rico are always worth a monthly stop.


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Ibanda On 20/04/2004

I love this series of photos but most of all I love the association of the image with the little personal stories about each place. Preserving a little bit of every day life for the next generation.


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Airmemories On 20/04/2004

Great to hear these intriguing stories!!! Fishing mongering sounds like a dangerous business in New York ;-)Balducci`s has changed name now? I`m eager to hear THAT story!


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Petitesoeur On 20/04/2004

an old-fashioned village fish story ;-)


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Shutter451 On 20/04/2004

Sounds fishy to me :)


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Av_producer On 20/04/2004

"what we can`t cook, we can sell you tommorrow"




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