Hunts Point Produce Market, the largest wholesale produce facility of its kind in the US, is receiving $100 million for improvements from New York City. Some describe Hunts Point as the filthiest and most congested produce terminal market in the country. That should change for the 105-acre market with the funding initiative within New York Mayor Eric Adams’ Executive Budget.
The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market sublets space to private distributors and vendors and transacts $2.3 billion in sales annually, accounting for 60 percent of fresh produce deliveries in New York City. Three thousand people work in the facility, which is part of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.
Alas, miles of trash cover the floors of the four warehouses, surrounded by seemingly endless lines of trucks. No one seems to know who is responsible for trash collection. “I have no idea why it’s always so dirty,” said Herman Brave, director of global procurement at Nathel & Nathel, which imports from 23 countries across six continents.
The mayor’s initiative comes after many failed attempts to revitalize Hunts Point’s aging infrastructure, which has remained the same since the 1960s. Joshua Gatcke, general manager for Nathel & Nathel, said that $100 million is not much to support all the necessary changes, but still, it’s a great start.