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Hunts Point Produce Market gets $100 million makeover

The 105-acre Hunts Point Produce Market is the largest facility of its kind in the US. Unfortunately, it is the filthiest and most congested as well. That should change via a $100 million initiative within New York Mayor Eric Adams’ Executive Budget that was announced on April 26.

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. 


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