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Author Mensch, Barbara.

Title South Street / Barbara G. Mensch ; introduction by Phillip Lopate
Published New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
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Description 1 online resource (180 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Introduction: The Fulton Fish Market -- A South Street Story
Summary "South Street is Barbara G. Mensch's tribute to the lost world of Lower Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market. For more than a century, a colorful, tightly knit community of fishmongers, many of them recent immigrants and children of immigrants, thrived under the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Resistant to government regulations and corporate encroachment, these men lived in a closed, internally policed world that was deeply hostile to outsiders. As a young photographer in the early 1980s, Barbara Mensch bonded with this particular group of "authentic New Yorkers," becoming a confidante for their life stories, which were often filled with hardship, mystery, and misadventures. These photographs capture the unique personality and fierce secrecy of their vibrant working-class culture. Combined with lively commentary - reminiscent of Studs Terkel's oral histories - the images offer a peek inside a society described by Philip Lopate as "a precious last vestige of historic Gotham." Mensch's story ends with the closure of the docks and the opening of the Seaport mall, a symbolic victory of corporate interests over more than a century of mob rule. Her visual essay recounts the driving forces and the effects of this urban transformation on the entrenched community of fishmongers, creating an enduring historical document. Though the Fulton Fish Market no longer resides below the Brooklyn Bridge, the history and energy of this cherished New York City landmark are preserved in this book."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Fulton Fish Market (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
Fulton Fish Market (New York, N.Y.)
Fishery processing industries -- New York (State) -- New York -- Employees -- Biography
Fishery processing industries -- New York (State) -- New York -- Employees -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
Oral history.
Organized crime -- New York (State) -- New York -- Employees -- History -- 20th century
Fishery processing industries -- Employees.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- General.
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
HISTORY -- United States -- State & Local -- New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Manners and customs.
Oral history.
PHOTOGRAPHY -- Photoessays & Documentaries.
Social conditions.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
New York (N.Y.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
South Street (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
South Street (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
New York (State) -- New York -- South Street.
New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form Biographies.
History.
Oral histories.
Oral histories.
Pictorial works.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006018750
ISBN 0231511345
9780231511346