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The open-air greenmarket long rumored for the Fulton Market building in Fidi is one step closer to becoming a reality. According to Downtown Express, developer General Growth Properties has stated that "a permanent 16-stall, fresh food market will open this summer on South St." The report: "Vendors for the market will sell locally grown produce and prepared food from the same stalls where fishmongers once hawked their wares, on South St. between Beekman and Fulton Sts., in the base of the building that now contains the Bodies exhibit. The market, which General Growth is building now, will be open seven days a week, year-round, starting sometime in August."
Though the market could just be a way to curry favor with locals who might not be so keen on the massive 495-foot hotel/condo/retail tower GGP plans to build down there, we'd prefer to think they're just gastronomes who appreciate their arugula locally-sourced. Unfortunately, this entire plan would include the teardown of the historic New Market Building that currently houses greenmarket New Amsterdam, something they're none too pleased about.
· Seaport promises fresh food now, hopes for hotel tower later [Downtown Express]
· The Seaport [thenewseaport.com]
· Proposed New South Street Seaport Fully Revealed [Curbed]
· Fulton Fish Market May Live Again as Foodie Destination [Racked]
· 2008: The Year of the Greenmarket? [Racked]