Spring 2015 Program Schedule

TOUR
New Fulton Fish Market
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Friday, April 24 / 4:00 AM
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Set your alarm clock early for this 4am trip to the New Fulton Fish Market with OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where you’ll see the principal wholesale market for seafood in the New York City area in full swing. Learn about the history of the market, located in the historic South Street Seaport area until 2005, on the bus ride there, and then walk the massive market shed with Security Director Victor Seguinot. Talk to vendors, jobbers, buyers, and other market regulars and hear about life in the city’s food hub.

(Round-trip bus transportation will be provided for this tour from Open House New York’s office at 1133 Broadway.)

LECTURE
How Great Cities Are Fed
SVA Theatre, Chelsea, Manhattan
Wednesday, April 29 / 6:30 PM
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In 1929, Walter Hedden published “How Great Cities Are Fed,” a richly detailed study of New York City’s food system commissioned in the face of a looming railroad strike. Amazingly, it remains the most recent comprehensive study of its kind to this day. Join New York-based food systems expert Karen Karp, president of Karp Resources, and Robert LaValva, founder and president of the New Amsterdam Market, for a very special public talk and discussion to kick off The Final Mile.

Karp, currently in the midst of producing a podcast on contemporary urban food systems inspired by Hedden’s seminal work, and LaValva will frame the relationship between food and cities and lay out some of the key issues that we will explore over the coming year.

Learn about how the movement of food has impacted the shape, look, and flow of the physical city: its buildings, its infrastructure, and its public spaces. Discover how the evolution of the food system has mirrored (and even facilitated) historical population shifts, and consider how current trends might re-shape the city again over the coming decades, as New York City looks to add another 1.5 million residents by 2030.

TOUR
Hunts Point Produce Market
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Thursday, May 28 / 8:00 AM
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Join OHNY and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for a trip to the Hunts Point Produce Market, a co-operative market through which 60% of the produce consumed in the New York Metropolitan Area passes every day. On this morning tour, you’ll walk one of the four massive “row” buildings, each a third of a mile long, then visit a variety of packaging plants within the facility. Afterwards, market manager Myra Gordon will lead a group discussion of the role that the produce market plays in the city’s food system.

(Round-trip bus transportation will be provided for this tour from Open House New York’s office at 1133 Broadway.)

TOUR
Baldor Specialty Foods
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Wednesday, June 10th / 11:30 AM
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Tour the facility of Baldor, a major regional food distributor that started off as Balducci’s Fruit Stand in the Village in 1946, to better understand how private firms fit into the mix in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. Explore the sprawling warehouse with food systems expert Johanna Kolodny, who works directly with suppliers to expand the company’s diverse offerings to the New York market. Participants will learn how the company keeps track of the thousands of varieties of fresh food on-site, and how they bring food from a thousand partners around the world to plates across the five boroughs.

(Round-trip bus transportation will be provided for this tour from Open House New York’s office at 1133 Broadway.)

TOUR
Food Bank For New York City
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Thursday, June 25th / 8:30 AM
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Nearly one in five New Yorkers needs a food pantry or soup kitchen at some point in the year. Most of that food comes to them from a 90,000sf warehouse in the Hunts Point Cooperative Market, home to Food Bank For New York City since its founding in 1983. Catch a ride up to this remarkable facility with the Food Bank’s VP for Research & Public Affairs, Triada Stampas. On-site, participants will be joined by Dan Cinquemani, VP for Food Distribution, who will help the group to better understand the unique food distribution network that runs in parallel to our retail food system to keep the network of approximately 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens around the city supplied.

(Round-trip bus transportation will be provided for this tour from Open House New York’s office at 1133 Broadway.)

Spring 2015 Program
Industrial-Scaled Distribution in the Global City

Located on a 329-acre site in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, not far from the 6 train, the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center is one of the largest food hubs in the world. Comprised of three massive public wholesale markets, as well as an additional 150 private food wholesalers, Hunts Point employs more than 10,000 workers and is the primary food distribution facility for a regional population of twenty million people. During the first phase of The Final Mile, New Yorkers will have opportunities to visit a variety of facilities at Hunts Point to learn about the city’s principal food hub: how it evolved, the role that it plays in the global food system today, and what the city’s plans are for its future.