I grew up in New York City - Chelsea.
In 1972 I left and went fishing on Long Island, first as a bayman
on Great South Bay, where I clammed and caught eels and crabs.
In 1977 I decided to go offshore lobstering
and fishing. Fishing was very good back then, and I really enjoyed
the job. We'd go out in the ocean about 100 miles for three or
four days and come back loaded up with 10,000 to 30,000 lbs. of
fish or 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. of lobster.
After becoming a captain and running an 80-foot
boat I decided to buy my own smaller boat so I could be home at
night. I bought a 36-foot Duffy, which became the Blue Moon, and
docked at the Mattituck Inlet, where I still am today. Most of
the 80's were spent fishing on the Blue Moon or skimmer clamming
on Long Island Sound and in the ocean.
In 1988 I started bringing fish to the Greenmarket,
after my sister Diane (who lives in downtown Manhattan) recommended
it as a sideline. My first market was Tribeca, and after a few
years I did so well that I began selling most of my catch to the
public through the Greenmarket program, instead of wholesaling
fish to the Fulton Fish Market. I added the Grand Army Plaza,
Brooklyn market in 1990, where I met my wife Stephanie.
In 1996 we began our Wednesday market at Union
Square. We now work 6 or 7 days a week from March to Christmastime,
fishing, smoking and selling at the Greenmarkets. We are happy
to bring in the freshest fish we can, and offer it at a price
that is reasonable.
I grew up in upstate NY and in North
Carolina. I came to New York City to go to college. After I was
graduated from NYU, my first job was working at a small literary
magazine. A friend knew I was short on money, so she recommended
me for a job at the Greenmarket in Brooklyn on Saturdays. I was
working for an apple farmer whose stand was right next to the
fish stand, where I met Alex!
After a few years I moved out to Mattituck
and we lived in a tiny old cottage overlooking Alex's dock. You
could see (and smell) everything that went on down there.
I did the Saturday markets with Alex, and added
the Union Square market on Wednesdays, which left Alex free to
go fishing. As much as he likes going to the city, he usually
would rather be on the boat.
We have met a lot of great friends through
the fish stand, and done a lot of interesting things in New York.
Every Saturday we have dinner out after the market, sometimes
visiting the chefs we sell to. In a way we have the best of both
worlds, being in NYC regularly and still working outside on the
East End of Long Island.