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"Remembering Fulton Fish Market" - Commemorating 100 Years of Waterfront Vivacity Through the Eyes and Work of Resident Artist Naima Rauam

"Remembering Fulton Fish Market" - Commemorating 100 Years of Waterfront Vivacity Through the Eyes and Work of Resident Artist Naima Rauam ( NEW YORK – 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).

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 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.

“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.

- An Exhibition Featuring the Works of Naima Rauam

Date: NOVEMBER 8 – 18, 2007
Noon to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Sundays

Price: FREE

Location: Seaport Arts Space
207A Front Street (at Beekman)
South Street Seaport

Subway Directions: J,M,Z,2,3,4,5, to Fulton Street or A, C to Broadway-Nassau
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Presented in cooperation with the South Street Seaport Museum

What: Centennial Celebration
Commemorate the 100th year of the landmark Tin Building on South Street once used by the fish market. The event also marks the centennials of Tug Pegasus and Lightship Ambrose. Come to their birthday party! Step back in time for a few days with programs and performances sampling the fish market and life circa 1907.

Price: FREE

Location: Seaport Arts Space
207A Front Street (at Beekman)
South Street Seaport

When: November 8 - 18 — Mon. to Sat. noon to 6 p.m., Sun. noon to 5 p.m.
• Art Exhibit, History Displays, Show&Tell, Fish Market Videos

November 10&11 — Noon to 3 p.m.
• Family Activities — Art projects, games, storybook, type a letter on a real manual typewriter (just like Grandma used to do).
• Demonstrations — Woodcarving, letterpress printing
• Visit Aboard The Lightship Ambrose at Pier 16

November 10
• Noon — Old Fulton Fish Market Revisited
Jack Putnam leads a tour of the former site of the Fish Market. Space is limited
• 2 p.m. — Afternoon Of The Shad
The Fulton Fish Market’s Last Shad Cutters, read by Bill Galarno
Hudson Shad, a 1974 movie by George Stoney and Jim Brown, narrated by Pete Seeger
The Rivermen by Joseph Mitchell, read by Jack Putnam
• 4 p.m. — Good Ol’ Ragtime
A concert with commentary by pianist Celeste Lederer. Seating is limited.

November 11
• 2 p.m. — Old Fulton Fish Market Revisited
Jack Putnam leads a tour of the former site of the Fish Market. Space is limited
• 3 p.m. — Old Mr. Flood by Joseph Mitchell, read by Jack Putnam

November 18 (Last day of show)
• 4 p.m. — Say Goodbye To 1907 And Welcome Back 2007
Partake in a symbolic reenactment of the first New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square in 1907.

Presented in Association with Montauk Theatre Productions

What: Musical Revues

Price: For Reservations call 718-852-7773
$10 suggested donation to MTP-Montauk Theatre Productions

Location: Seaport Arts Space
207A Front Street (at Beekman)
South Street Seaport

When: November 7&14 at 7:30 p.m.
“The Consuming Passions Of Lydia Pinkham And Rev Sylvester Graham”
An original and not always tasteful turn-of-the-last-century musical revue about food - starring Margery Cohen and Joseph Neal, with Musical Director Woody Regan on the piano. Including a celebration of some South Street menu items and a salute to the Fulton Market Oyster. Directed by Maris Heller.

November 10&17 at 8 p.m., and November 11&18 at 5 p.m.
“Musical Memories Of Old New York - A Musical Revue”
A song and dance celebration of the early days of theatre and vaudeville, originating in the music halls of Lower Manhattan, featuring Musical Director Woody Regan on the piano and many guest performers.



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

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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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