Hunts Point Landing
NYCEDC and Congressman José E. Serrano today announced the opening of Hunts Point Landing, a new 1.5-acre public open space in the Bronx which includes a new fishing pier, a kayak launch, and a restored shoreline with new tidal pools that naturally mitigate storm water runoff. Created from a former street end, Hunts Point Landing also features a boulder seating area—created from remnants of the deconstructed Willis Avenue Bridge—and the location offers expansive views of the Bronx River and East River. NYCEDC is currently seeking proposals for a food vendor to operate at Hunts Point Landing. Located at the southern end of the Hunts Point peninsula, Hunts Point Landing is the latest addition to a network of waterfront open spaces already created on the peninsula, including Barretto Point Park and Hunts Point Riverside Park.
“Hunts Point Landing is a perfect example of the Bloomberg Administration’s vision for reactivating waterfront properties - both in the South Bronx and across the City. Thanks to our many dedicated partners in the local community, we have been able to transform what was once a dead-end street into publicly-accessible open space with exciting amenities for local residents and workers to enjoy.”
- NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky
Photo credits: Grace Cheung/NYCEDC
Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo yesterday announced the federal government has approved nearly $25 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) for the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market. With this additional Federal funding, the total City, State and federal funding secured now stands at approximately $172.5 million, which will complete the public sector contribution to the Market’s redevelopment cost and help ensure the Market remains in New York City. The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, which employs over 3,500 workers in the South Bronx, and supports another 3,000 in-direct jobs, has been an important piece of the city’s infrastructure for decades, supplying millions of New Yorkers every day with healthy, fresh produce.
“Today, we are fulfilling an important part of our commitment to keep the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx where it belongs. The Produce Market has served the residents of New York City and the region for more than four decades. This federal funding now represents the final piece of the public sector’s contribution to this important redevelopment project, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Market Cooperative to reach a final agreement that will lead to a larger, more sustainable Market serving the Bronx - as well as the entire City and State - for generations to come. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and all of our dedicated City, State and federal partners in this effort.”
Read more on NYC.gov.
Food lovers, it’s time to gather in the Bronx! NYCEDC today announced a Request for Proposals for an event organizer and operator to plan a food festival in the parking lot of the New Fulton Fish Market located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. This is the first RFP issued by NYCEDC solely seeking to utilize one of its properties for the purposes of a food festival. The goal is to capitalize on the momentum from other food-related events around the city such as festivals, food truck events, weekly farmers markets, and prepared foods pop-up stands.
NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky:
“Hunts Point is an ideal location for a new food festival in New York City, creating a strong and important connection between the growing number of food entrepreneurs and the City’s main food distribution hub. Food festivals have already proven themselves to be extremely popular events in neighborhoods all across the City, and this site now offers an incredible opportunity to build upon that popularity with an exciting event that will greatly benefit Hunts Point and the entire Bronx.”
NYCEDC yesterday announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development and operation of a rooftop farm at 600 Food Center Drive, in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. At approximately 200,000 square feet, the rooftop has the potential to accommodate what could be one of the largest rooftop farms in the world. The RFP is seeking users who could develop and operate a year-round rooftop farm that would complement and enhance the existing network of food distribution businesses in the area. Successful responses will further the growth of the City’s urban agriculture industry, and create new job opportunities for local residents.
NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky said:
“Hunts Point has played a critical role in the City’s economy for generations, providing fresh food to millions of New Yorkers while supporting thousands of jobs and generating billions of dollars in economic activity for the City. With the opportunity to build one of the world’s largest rooftop farms, we will create important new opportunities to connect producers and distributors, greatly enhancing the existing food network and generating new jobs for Bronx residents.”
NYCEDC is seeking a respondent to construct and operate a modern industrial facility at the Halleck Industrial Development Site, with a preference for food-related industrial uses. Located within the Hunts Point Peninsula in the Bronx, the site occupies a prime location in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, an industrial park comprising wholesale food distribution businesses and other food-related enterprises. Find out more.
NY1: “City Hopes Affordable Bronx Business Space Draws Interest, Ideas”
Watch this NY1 video of the new Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, the first small business incubator in the Bronx—part of the City’s network of affordable office space designed to foster innovation and create jobs. The video showcases the incubator’s variety of workspaces, conference rooms, and meeting areas, all wired to support the latest digital and video technology and located within the historic BankNote Building in Hunts Point.
Interested in affordable workspaces in NYC? Find out more on our website.
Hunts Point New Fulton Fish Market
Last week, NYCEDC toured the New Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point at 5 AM. Enjoy the seafood sampler above and see the full album of our visit. The wholesale fish market is second in size worldwide only to Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale seafood market and is usually open weekdays from 1 AM to 7 AM. Learn more about NYCEDC and the Hunts Point Peninsula in the Bronx, nearly half of which is occupied by the 329-acre Food Distribution Center.
First Business Incubator in the Bronx to Open in Early 2011
The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will help up to 400 NYC entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. Desks and work stations can be leased on a month-to-month basis. With a $250,000 grant from NYCEDC, construction has started on a first ever for the Bronx. You can read more in the Mayor’s press release.