WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT HUNTS POINT
WHAT MAKES HUNTS POINT SPECIAL
A STRONG AND DISTINCTIVE COMMUNITY
Hunts Point is a neighborhood located on a peninsula in the South Bronx of New York City. It is home to a dynamic and vibrant residential community and thriving business district. It is also home to one of the largest food distribution facilities in the world.
The residential community is made up of numerous long-term residents and multigenerational families who have witnessed and played a part in many of the positive changes that have occurred over the years. Through their strength, pride and perseverance they have created a unique and thriving art scene that celebrates the community’s rich cultural roots through music, murals, dance, drama, photography and theater. Community organizations like The Point Community Development Corporation (CDC) have dedicated themselves to developing programming that uplifts the local youth, cultivates and preserves the community’s culture and focuses on the empowerment and economic revitalization of their neighborhood.
HUNTS POINT HAS ...
Hunts Point is a community full of long-term residents and multigenerational families who stayed through the disinvestment of past decades. The endurance of the community is a testament to its strength and perseverance.
The Boogie Down Bronx; the home of hip-hop. Hunts Point’s creative energy overflowed in the birth of hip-hop in the 1970s, combining the energy of traditional Black and Afro-Latin beats with the creativity of youth.
Almost the entire Hunts Point peninsula is within an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) with close to 650 businesses and 18,000 workers, 70 percent of whom live in the Bronx. Within the IBZ, the FDC is made up of many food-related businesses, including cooperative produce, meat, and fish markets. The FDC has fed the region and anchored this industrial area since the late 1960s. Beyond the FDC, there is a thriving mix of manufacturing, metal fabrication, recycling, concrete, building supply, and industrial product businesses.
Hunts Point’s advocates have a long history of fighting to end inequitable practices that have harmed the community, while developing community-based resources to reverse the damage of neglect, environmental injustices, and structural racism.
A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HUNTS POINT
INTERVIEW WITH RALPH ACEVEDO
Ralph Acevedo is a Bronx community leader with a wealth of experience in the fields of housing, homeless services, mental health and Governmental affairs. Acevedo has been recognized for his noteworthy efforts to end homelessness in the Bronx. He was featured on a national PBS/NOW with David Brancaccio episode “Home at Last?: A look Inside the Housing First Program Moving Homeless to Home”(2007).
Advocates have spent decades fighting to transform Hunts Point’s many waste facilities into more open spaces and green, sustaining uses. Although much remains to be done, activism has brought real results.
HUNTS POINT AT A GLANCE
Scroll though the photos below to view the Hunts Point Community.