Over time, Hunters Point businesses have shifted from manufacturing to an array
of semi-industrial and entrepreneurial activities such as warehousing, construction
companies and visual arts enterprises. These local conditions reflect trends
experienced throughout the city.
Although the buildings in Hunters Point
vary widely in age, size, and function, many of the structures in the
rezoning area date back to the late nineteenth
century and have small floor plates occupying lots measuring less than 5,000
square feet. An aging building stock with inadequate floor plates and poor
loading facilities leaves only limited space for industrial expansion. As
a result, manufacturing companies have continued to move out of Hunters Point
to accommodate their needs for ample, more efficient facilities. In addition,
the area’s narrow streets are unable to adequately accommodate truck
traffic, turning movements and routine loading activities related to modern
Using classifications and data provided by the New
York State Department of Labor as a basis, the Department of City Planning
conducted an in-depth
survey of all industrial uses and employment in Hunters Point in 2002. The
survey found a total of approximately 3,300 industrially classified jobs
in 90 firms.
Approximately 73 percent of all industrially-classified
activities surveyed in the rezoning area consists of semi-industrial uses.
Most notably, building
construction and contracting services represent 62 percent of the total industrially-classified
employment in the area with 2,055 jobs in 32 firms. These semi-industrial
service uses are often housed in buildings with small footprints, many of
which operate as central offices while most employees perform contractor
services at work sites. Other semi-industrial uses include wholesale, distribution,
automotive service and storage uses which account for about 11 percent of
the rezoning area’s total industrially-classified employment.
Furthermore, there are 890 manufacturing jobs in 26
firms in the rezoning area, accounting for 27 percent of all industrially-classified
Typical activities include jewelry production, woodworking, theatrical equipment
assembly, wholesale baking, and metal plating and polishing. Generally, these
light manufacturing uses in the rezoning area are small-scale and typically
occupy one-story buildings with high lot coverage.