Parks

A day in the life of Hunts Point’s newest park

Photos by Nabil Rahman and Jenny Marc

Hunts Point’s newest park is an oasis in the midst of the Fulton Fish Market, the jail barge, a salt storage building and an abandoned Sanitation Department wate transfer station.

Called Hunts Point Landing, the small park at the foot of Farragut Street has big ambitions. It tidal pools that will clean polluted storm water before it runs into the East River, according to the park’s developer, the city’s Economic Development Corporation. It’s equipped with sleek picnic tables and modernistic furniture. Kayakers and canoeists can launch their craft.

Hunts Point Landing is the third park on the South Bronx Greenway, joining Hunts Point Riverside and Barretto Point parks. It was designed by the architectural firm that developed the Greenway’s master plan, Matthews Nielsen, which also designed the recently-completed medians on Hunts Point and Lafayette avenues leading to the waterfront and the yet-to-be-built bridge to Randall’s Island. The firm sees it as a model for urban parks in an industrial setting.

But on a recent weekday, the big appeal at the park, which opened on Sept. 24, was what the spot has always offered—a good place to fish.

Photographer Nabil Rahman visited Hunts Point Landing to record this day in the life.

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