2017 New York City Rising Star Sustainabilty Winners Adam Geringer-Dunn & Vincent Milburn of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

2017 New York City Rising Star Sustainabilty Winners Adam Geringer-Dunn & Vincent Milburn of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster
January 2017

As a teenager growing up in New Jersey, Adam Geringer-Dunn was an athlete—and a carnivore. He became pescatarian after learning about the ecologically dangerous standards of the meat industry. At the time, Geringer-Dunn didn’t know much about sustainability, but he didn’t take long to educate himself. It didn’t hurt that he went to college in Maine, where a whole new world of quality seafood opened up to him, including community supported fisheries. Not that he dove straight into the seafood business. Geringer-Dunn spent years as a talent booker for various venues in New York City, before joining forces with friend and business partner Vincent Milburn. 

Vincent Milburn’s great-great uncle founded wholesale fish enterprise, the John Nagle Company, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. During law school, Milburn worked for the company in Boston, learning all aspects of the commercial fish industry and specializing in procuring highquality, sustainable seafood for upscale restaurants all over New England. As the company’s seafood purchaser and head of wholesale operations, Milburn’s industry contacts and expertise would be invaluable when he and GeringerDunn opened Greenpoint Fish & Lobster (a restaurant and small-scale market) in Brooklyn in 2014, and their large-scale wholesale market in Queens in 2016. 

A Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch partner, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster focuses on domestic, wild caught seafood, including invasive species, bycatch, and underutilized fish, supplying some of the city’s best chefs.