Food

Food / Transportation

Conversion of Food Center Drive on hold

An aerial shot of the Hunts Point waterfront.

The city’s Economic Development Corp. announced it may delay its planned conversion of Food Center Drive to a on-way road after angry business owners in the Cooperative Meat Market loudly criticized the plan at an October meeting.

Art / Food

Kelly Street neighbors unite around garden

Rob Foster digs in the Kelly Street Garden on Field Day.

The Laundromat Project, a citywide non-profit cultural arts organization, held its annual Field Day last month with the residents of Hunts Point in the Kelly Street Garden as a way to start a new tradition and bring back unity into the neighborhood.

Education / Food

HPAC fair draws hundreds to Riverside Park

Hunts Point students create pens with The Laundromat Project

In a neighborhood with the city’s lowest high school graduation rate, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children’s Back to School Fair brought excitement to students and parents at the beginning of the school year, to counteract that statistic.

Environment / Food

Flood protection funds aren’t enough, say advocates

An artist's sketch shows what the Hunts Point waterfront could look like with federal and city funding to create jobs and protect the shoreline.

Community leaders worry that Hunts Point isn’t getting the focus it should from federal and city officials to help safeguard it from future storms that could potentially cripple the city’s food supply and flood the neighborhood.

Food

Church that fed Longwood’s poor evicted

Parishioners and supporters of Word of Life International rally to keep the church and pantry from being evicted from their Westchester Ave. building on

A Longwood church with an in-demand food pantry was evicted in July. Though the social services nonprofit that owns the building says the church hasn’t been paid its bills, the pastor says greed is fueling the dispute.

Environment / Food

Civic groups ponder how $45 million can benefit peninsula

A map shows the risk of rising waters to the Hunts Point waterfront.

Community groups are working to devise a pilot program that would draw on $45 million in federal and city funding to create jobs while protecting the peninsula from flooding.

Economy / Food

Food Center Drive slated to become one-way

An aerial shot of the Hunts Point waterfront.

The city plans to start conversion of the roadway in and out of the food markets so pedestrians and bikers can use it, but businesses along the waterfront say traffic would become a nightmare.

Food / Jobs

Study spotlights Hunts Point’s empty lots

Hunter College students Nate Heffron and Josh Thompson engage residents in an interactive mapping exercise. The residents were asked to visualize their ideas for the possible repurposing of vacant lots in the neighborhood.

A group of Hunter College urban planning students who have catalogued vacant lots around Hunts Point asked residents to consider what might be done with the underused spaces, at a March 26 forum at The Point.

Education / Food

PS 48 lends hands to fill Hunts Point’s meal gap

Second graders Tatiana Hudson and Michael Mendez, along with fifth grader Yanziel Lagara, waited to receive the bags of staples at PS 48. 

Students from PS 48 are teaming with the NYC Food Bank to provide meals to local families. Hunts Point is a hot spot for the “meal gap,” the number of meals families are forced to miss due to poverty.