New York's Food Industry (08:02)
Anita Rani, Ade Adepitan, Ant Anstead and Dan Snow explore the food distribution systems that feeds the growing New York population. They visit the cattle fields of Pennsylvania, the apple farms of the Hudson River Valley, Hunts Point Market, and the docks of Montauk.
Distributing Goods (03:18)
Winnie Cooper, a toll booth operator outside of Hunts Market, explains the tolling system and purpose. Anstead rides into the market on a shipping truck full of fresh fish from Montauk. George Valdez manages the market's chaotic loading zone.
Old Fish Market (05:49)
During the 19th century, the three main food markets were located in Lower Manhattan. All of the distributors were forced out to Hunts Market; Mitch Slavin describes the old market. Fish seller Eddie Menanni describes the pressure the industry is facing.
Delivery Services (04:25)
Online ordering services, including apps like Seamless, contribute to New York’s food revolution as more people eat out. Seamless delivery times average thirty minutes and most couriers travel by bike to navigate traffic.
New York's Waste (07:57)
Snow visits the Staten Island Waste Transfer Station run by Chief Thomas Killeen; the station is one of many in the world’s largest sanitation department. All of New York’s waste is shipped to dumps in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina. At one time, all of the city’s waste went to Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island.
Hagglers at the Market (02:51)
After the high-end buyers leave Hunts Point for the day, negotiators like John Kee visit each vendor, looking for the best last-minute bargains. Anstead accompanies Kee through his daily haggling process. Less than one percent of New York’s food is grown in city limits.
Urban Food Production (04:59)
Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular within New York City as community gardens grow.Karen Washington started the Garden of Happiness in the Bronx over 20 years ago. Andrew Kote, an urban beekeeper, gives Rani a tour of two hives located atop the Marriott Hotel in Midtown.
Food Deliveries (07:27)
Rani and Adepitan ride along with meat and produce delivery men on their daily routes from Hunts Point Market. Mark Solas specializes in providing high quality aged beef to upscale restaurants. At Hunts Point, specialized loaders pack trucks full of various goods.
Credits: America's Busiest City (01:27)
Credits: America's Busiest City
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