Who Was Sloppy Louie? A Walk into the Past In Search of a Seaport Legend

Janes Walk

Led By Stephen Dima AND Naima Rauam

Join longtime Seaport advocate Stephen Dima and artist Naima Rauam as they walk you back in time to learn about Louis Morino, owner of the legendary Seaport restaurant, Sloppy Louie’s, which operated on South Street from 1930 to 1998. Louis and his restaurant were immortalized in the 1952 book, “Up In The Old Hotel” by Joseph Mitchell, famed writer for The New Yorker. Along streets where crates of fish once stretched for blocks, we’ll visualize the heyday of the working Fulton Fish Market through stories and art, and see where Louie bought his fish (wholesale)! We’ll then visit Sloppy Louie’s former annex, now the Fulton Stall Market, to hear more stories and watch a short 1955 film featuring Louis Morino swapping news with market fishmongers, to see what the Seaport was like as a vibrant market district decades ago.


Part of the walk will consist of visiting the second floor of a historic, landmarked building. It is a very old building that sadly does not have accessibility to the second floor.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
1:00 PM
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Advocacy, Food & Entertainment, History & Culture
Language: English
Sloppy Louie's at The Old Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan, 1974. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Barbara Spengler.