Located in the southeastern edge of the Bronx, this neighborhood is best known for Hunt’s Point Market and the large pre-war multi-residential buildings commonly associated with the borough. An urban enclave with an industrial flair, Hunt’s Point invites you to thrive in the energy and grit of New York City.
Separated from Harding Park, Soundview, and the rest of the borough by Bruckner Expressway, Bronx River, and East River, it is home to several food processing and distribution centers, including Hunt’s Point Terminal Produce Market, Cooperative Meat Market, and New Fulton Fish Market.
Its written history dates back to the 1690s, with the Leggett and Hunt colonial families settling the area. During its early history, Hunt’s Point was an exclusive rural area with mansions owned by prominent individuals like Benjamin Whitlock, Edward Faille, Innocencio Casanova, and Paul Spofford. Present-day street signs still bear names from the neighborhood’s colonial past.
The completion of high-speed railroad, elevated, and subway lines in the early 20th century made Hunt’s Point more accessible, with more modest single-family homes and apartment buildings rising along the streets of the northern section, while rail yards sprouted along the East River to the south, marking the beginning of the neighborhood’s industrial era.
Some of the largest wholesale produce markets in NYC and the whole world, including the Hunt’s Point Produce Market, Hunt’s Point Meat Market, and Old Fulton Fish Market, opened to the public in 1967, 1974, and 2007, respectively, and have been important landmarks ever since, playing a central role in food access and people’s livelihoods.
Other landmarks include the Hunt’s Point Industrial Park, which is home to roughly 800 businesses, and the Con Ed plant on East Bay Avenue. Barretto Point Park on the East River waterfront is a stunning urban oasis with fishing piers, canoe launches, a basketball court, and a playground.
Today, any mention of Hunt’s Point conjures images of the red brick façades of its multi-family buildings. Many of these residential units have been remodeled to include modern features and conveniences, offering prime living space in one of the greatest cities on Earth.
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