SOURCE: Seaport Market Place

October 29, 2007 10:00 ET

"Remembering Fulton Fish Market": Commemorating 100 Years of Waterfront Vivacity

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - For more than 40 years, artist Naima Rauam's fascination with the open air Fulton Fish Market linked her eternally to the weathered every man -- the fishmongers, immigrants, sons of immigrants -- who labored nightly, into the morning dawn, along the aged cobblestone streets and wooden piers of the South Street Seaport area of lower Manhattan.

The visual, emotional and historical aspects of the market have served as the subject for much of Rauam's professional work -- watercolors, oils, charcoals and photogiciees -- which is the centerpiece of "Remembering Fulton Fish Market," November 8 through November 18 at the Seaport Arts Space, 207A Front Street (at Beekman Street), from Noon to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information on the exhibition call 212.964.8465 or log on to

In conjunction with the exhibition, the South Street Seaport Museum will present a variety of family-oriented activities on November 10 and 11, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the landmark Tin Building, the former hub of the fish market located on South Street, as well as the centennial of Tug Pegasus and Lightship Ambrose, from its fleet of ships.

Also, in association with "Remembering Fulton Fish Market," the award-winning Montauk Theatre Productions (MTP) will present two period musical revues, "The Consuming Passions of Lydia Pinkham and Rev. Sylvester Graham," and "Musical Memories of Old New York," November 7 and 14, and November 10, 11, 17 and 18, respectively, at the Seaport Arts Space. For ticket information and performance times, call 718-852-7773.

"Remembering Fulton Fish Market" provides a look at a life too few New Yorkers ever witnessed firsthand, but Rauam lived daily. She first established a studio-gallery in the area in 1984, attracted by the dramatic light, the nocturnal hours, the city setting, the myriad varieties of fish, the street-smart people engaged in hard physical labor, and the market process itself. For 13 years, she shared space with the Meyer & Thompson Smoked Fish Company on Beekman Street. In the mornings, wholesalers sold fish on the ground floor area, and in the afternoons and weekends, the space became her studio-gallery, which she dubbed "Art in the Afternoon (fish in the morning)."

"When the fishmongers left for the day, I hung my art work on fish boxes, pallets and scales, and started painting," recalls Rauam. "Then, I packed up each evening to make way for fish again."

When the building sold in 1997, she moved across the street to 1 Fulton Fish Market, where she remained until Fulton Fish market left South Street in 2005 for the indoor, refrigerated facility in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx. While she visits the Bronx market, she now works from her studio located in the Pier 17 building at South Street Seaport.

The 10,000-square-foot Seaport Arts Space is provided by the Seaport Marketplace and General Growth Properties, Inc. as part of ongoing cultural initiatives supporting community-based organizations in lower-Manhattan.


Located at the tip of Manhattan, South Street Seaport is a slice of timeless New York. Visitors to this historic waterfront pier and cobblestone streets experience a thriving community that includes a world-class maritime museum, award-winning special events, breathtaking views and more than 100 shops, cafes and restaurants. South Street Seaport is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. For more information, please visit and

General Growth Properties, Inc. is the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth's international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The company's portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.

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