If you’re looking to explore more Bronx neighborhoods, consider adding Hunts Point to your list. Once home to the Wecquaesgeek, a Munsee-speaking band of Wappinger people, it was then colonized and eventually became home to some of the city’s elite- including a family member of the infamous Tiffany & Co. Then industrial expansion took place, and it is now home to one of the largest food distribution facilities in the world. Here are some things to do in Hunts Point in the Bronx:
Pick out flowers at the Hunts Point Flower Market
While supporting your local florist is great, it’s also fun to head to this wholesale flower market where many florists get their inventory from.
1152 Randall Ave.
Go for a swim in the Floating Lady Pool
In Hunts Point you will also find the city’s only floating pool! The Floating Lady is located at Tiffany Street & Viele Avenue, inside Barretto Point Park. It’s a NYC Parks pool, so all of the city rules still apply, but it’s the one pool in the city you can pretend you’re on a docked cruise ship ready to take off for the Caribbean.
Tiffany Street & Viele Avenue
Stop for Tamales at City Tamale
If you’re looking for some authentic tamales and other Mexican fare look no further than City Tamale. This colorful hole-in-the-wall spot is infamous for its tamales and fresh juices.
1316 Oak Point Avenue
Go canoeing in Riverside Park
Every Saturday during the warmer months, head to Hunts Point Riverside Park for free canoeing with Rocking the Boat. Through Community Rowing, visitors can explore the Bronx River aboard student-built wooden row boats, accompanied by staff who teach them about the local waterways. The free program takes place every Saturday from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
1409 Lafayette Ave
Take a class or enjoy an event at the Point CDC
The Point CDC is a non-profit organization in Hunts Point. The Point hosts an array of community programs-including an awesome photography program for youth. Check their website to see any upcoming events or workshops that might be of interest.
940 Garrison Avenue
Grab something sweet at Valencia Bakery
Valencia is a staple when it comes to cakes in the Bronx and NYC as a whole. Open for over 70 years when José Rippol emigrated from Spain, the Hunts Point location is a staple in the neighborhood.
801 Edgewater Rd
Grab coffee at Boogie Down Grind
While restaurants and cafes were busy building their outdoor structures over the pandemic, this Hunts Point coffee shop made theirs into a car of the nearby 6 train. Stop in for a latte and enjoy it in the train car–and you don’t have to worry about spilling it when the train comes to a sudden stop.
868 Hunts Point Ave
Grab friends for some paintball or kayaking at Area 53
If you’re in the area Thursday through Sunday, Area 53 has paintball, kayak and paddleboard rentals available. You can plan a competitive afternoon of paintball with friends or just enjoy a peaceful kayak experience on the East River.
222 Tiffany Street