Hunts Point Cooperative Market

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Coordinates: 40°48′47″N 73°52′41″W / 40.813°N 73.878°W / 40.813; -73.878

Hunts Point Cooperative Market in 2008

The Hunts Point Cooperative Market is a 24/7 wholesale food market located on 60 acres (24 ha) in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City. The largest food distribution center of its kind in the world, it earns annual revenues of over $2 billion.[1]

Located at the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, which houses the Fulton Fish Market and a produce market, the Hunts Point Cooperative Market is the source for approximately 50 percent of the New York region’s meat. More than 50 independent wholesale food businesses located at the Market supply food to over 22 million people in the New York metropolitan area.[1]

History[edit]

Groundbreaking ceremony, 1962

Built in 1962 as a 40-acre facility with six buildings, the Market consists of seven large refrigerated/freezer buildings on 60 acres, with a total refrigerated space of approximately 700,000 square feet (65,000 m2). It is governed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In 2011, the City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) made significant headway in their ongoing efforts to support the Hunts Point Market in the South Bronx. In June, they reached an agreement with the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative to extend its lease for another three years, while the Cooperative and NYCEDC work together to develop a long-term plan for a larger, modernized facility in the Bronx. To this end, the City and State have each agreed to contribute capital resources and to work with the Cooperative to secure additional third-party sources of funding.[2]

In January 2021, over 1400 workers at the market arranged a strike in support of a $1-per-hour wage increase and a $0.60 hourly increase for healthcare benefits. This strike was the first to occur at the market since 1986, though in 2012 opposing a 14 cent hourly increase and in 2015 opposing a $25-per-week raise, Local 202 threatened strikes in support of higher wage increases.[3][4] This strike was the first major work stoppage of the year (a stoppage involving over 1000 workers).[5][6]

Transportation[edit]

The market can be accessed from other boroughs via the Bruckner Expressway (Interstate 278) and Sheridan Boulevard (New York State Route 895). It is serviced by rail via CSX Transportation's Oak Point Yard and gets around 2700 cars per year. In 2012 the market received a $10 million federal grant to improve rail operations. Currently, rail cars and trucks share unloading docks, causing conflicts. The rail improvements are part of a $332.5 million major renovation to the market that is under negotiation.[7][8] In 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York would spend $150 million over 12 years to modernize the market. At that time, the market had 115 private wholesalers at the bazaar employing around 8,000 people.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New York City Terminal Produce Co-operative Market Archived 1999-08-23 at the Wayback Machine at terminalmarkets.com
  2. ^ http://www.nycedc.com/sites/default/files/filemanager/Resources/Brochures/NYCEDCAnnualReviewFY2011_Brochure.pdf
  3. ^ Ongwesso Jr., Edward (19 January 2021). "Cops Arrest Essential Union Workers Striking for $1 Raise". Vice Motherboard. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ Dias, John (17 January 2021). "Hunts Point Produce Market Workers On Strike Over Wage Dispute". CBS New York. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  5. ^ Press, Alex N. (19 January 2021). "1,400 Workers in the Bronx Are on Strike for a Livable Wage". Jacobin magazine. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  6. ^ Misch, Alexandria (27 January 2021). "Inside the End of the Hunts Point Produce Market Strike". Grub Street.
  7. ^ Hunts Point Market to Use $10M Grant For Rail Improvements Archived 2013-01-26 at the Wayback Machine, June 25, 2012, Fred Dreier, DNAinfo.com
  8. ^ Freight Rail Modernization: Improving The Freight Rail & Transfer Facility At The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market In The South Bronx, NY, TIGER grant application, 2009
  9. ^ Goldman, Henry (March 5, 2015). "NYC to Invest $150 Million to Revamp Hunts Point Market in Bronx". Bloomberg.

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