Foodscape: Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights Foodscape

About Foodscapes

Access to affordable and nutritious food is one of the cornerstones of good health. Without this, individuals—and communities—are at a higher risk of food insecurity and serious chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. To improve the health of New Yorkers, we must recognize that each neighborhood has a distinct food environment.

Purpose

These Foodscape reports provide a community-level snapshot of a community’s food environment, including data on healthy and unhealthy food consumption, food access, and diet-related diseases. Additionally, the reports detail a comprehensive guide of the many food-related resources available to residents within their neighborhoods to support them in eating healthier. The Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center has compiled this information from various sources, presenting it in a user-friendly format to help NYC residents and communities better understand their local foodscapes.

*All data from Community Health Profiles includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton 

Zip codes include: 11209, 11220, 11228, 11252

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 142,075 (1.66% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights and New York City (1)
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 14% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 1% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 59% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 23% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 20%
    • 18-24 years: 7%
    • 25-44 years: 34%
    • 45-64 years: 25%
    • 65+ years: 15%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 83.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 39% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights to 20 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,260,522 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 13.1% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 0.7% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 14.0% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst
      • 5 minutes or less: 47% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 16% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 36% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 92% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 8% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 20% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 74% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 24% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 16% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 11% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 23% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

ECONOMIC AND LIVING-CONDITION STRESS, CONTRIBUTORS TO FOOD INSECURITY:

  • Median Household Income
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: $75,761 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 16% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 3.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 30.7% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 7.4 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 16% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 15 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights: 70% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS SUMMER MEALS: 

To ensure everyone has access to nutritious meals, the Department of Education’s Meal Hubs were created in response to COVID-19 and have expanded service to all children and adults across the five boroughs. Sites serve grab-and-go meal service for adults and children and no one is turned away. No registration or identification is required.

During the summer of 2020, over 400 Meal Hubs operated from 7:30am-11:30am for children and families and 11:30am-1:30pm for adults. Starting September 29, 200 Meal Hubs continue to provide grab-and-go meal service for all New Yorkers on Monday-Friday between 3-5pm.

Please check the DOE website for updates and search for Free Meals at the select public school buildings here or text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS GREENTHUMB GARDENS:

There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. There are no GreenThumb gardens in Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 185 Walter Kassenbrock: 8601 Ridge Blvd
  • PS/IS 104 The Fort Hamilton School: 9115 5th Ave
  • PS 112 Lefferts Park: 7115 15th Ave
  • PS 102 The Bayview: 211 72nd St
  • PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington: 7002 4th Ave
  • PS 506 The School of Journalism & Technology: 330 59th St
  • PS 127 Mckinley Park: 7805 7th Ave
  • JHS 259 William Mckinley: 7305 Ft Hamilton Pkwy
  • PS 971 School of Math, Science, and Healthy Living: 6214 4th Ave

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

To ensure the below farmers’ markets are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

Many farmers’ markets accept cash, SNAP/EBT, debit/credit, WIC and Senior FMNP coupons. They may also offer Health Bucks for EBT users — for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables. For an updated list of farmers’ markets near you (including days/hours of operation) visit nyc.gov/health and search “farmers markets” or text “SoGood” to 877-877.

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS OFFICIAL SNAP ENROLLMENT SITES IN NYC – HUMAN RESOURCES ASSOCIATION (HRA):

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

*It is possible to apply for SNAP benefits online at https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS PANTRIES AND SOUP KITCHENS:

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

*Food pantry and soup kitchen hours subject to change, and requirements may be needed to register for food pantries. Call a specific location for more information before going for the first time. 

BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS RETAIL FOOD STORES:

*This list below includes all retail food stores from a Google Maps Places API search with keyword search terms “bakery, cafe, convenience store, deli, food, grocery, supermarket.” 

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides.

PARKS IN BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS:

To ensure the below businesses and organizations are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN BAY RIDGE/DYKER HEIGHTS:

To ensure the below organizations are and services are being offered, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 3/30/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 10: Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 10: Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Bay Ridge & Dyker Heights.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=310*36047015900*food_insecure_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~sch_enrol_cd_112~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~median_household_income_puma_397~median_personal_earnings_puma_400~dis_y_perc_puma_102~poverty_ceo_cd_417~unemployment_cd_408~pre_k_cd_107!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#10/40.8252/-73.9792.
  3. “Annual Vital Statistics Data Show Fewer Premature Deaths and Fewer Births in New York City in 2017.” NYC Health, The City of New York.
  4. “A Foodscape of Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS209_2017.pdf.
  5. “Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php

Article Image: “New York City (NYC) Neighborhood Maps – By Borough – Brooklyn.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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