Foodscape: Bedford/Stuyvesant

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Bedford/Stuyvesant 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 Bedford-Stuyvesant, Stuyvesant Heights and Tompkins Park North

Zip codes include: 11205, 11206, 11216, 11221, 11233, 11238

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 152,403 (1.79% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Bedford/Stuyvesant and New York City (1)
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 20% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 64% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 11% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 3% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Bedford/Stuyvesant Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 24%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 33%
    • 45-64 years: 22%
    • 65+ years: 11%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 78 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 20% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Bedford/Stuyvesant to 57 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 6,831,068 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 18.1% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 29.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights (Zipcodes 11212, 11213, 11216, 11233, 11238)
      • 5 minutes or less: 62% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 15% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 20% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 84% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 16% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 29% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 76% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 29% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 22% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 34% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: $47,706 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 25.6% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 5.5% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 29.2% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 8.1 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 11% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 25 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Bedford/Stuyvesant: 70% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT GREENTHUMB GARDENS:

There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

  • 462 Halsey Community Farm: 462-466 Halsey St
  • Stars of Hope Community Garden: 213 Madison St
  • Feeding Tree Garden: 340 Tompkins Ave
  • T&T Vernon Block Association Garden: 200 Vernon Ave
  • 700 Decatur Street Block Association Garden: 700 Decatur St
  • Classon / Fulgate Block Association Garden: 472 - 474 Classon Ave
  • 100 Quincy Community Garden: 100 Quincy St
  • Halsey Ralph & Howard Community Garden: 774 Halsey St
  • A Better Community Garden: 3 Hunterfly Pl
  • Hattie Carthan Community Garden: 719 Marcy Ave
  • Kosciusko Street Garden and Learning Center: 385 Kosciusko St
  • Vernon and Throop Community Garden: 253 Throop Ave
  • American Heart Garden: 122 Hart St
  • Garden of Life: 762 Herkimer Pl
  • United Herkimer Garden Club: 97 Herkimer St
  • Bed-Stuy Farm: 404 Decatur St
  • Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park: 322-324 Hancock St
  • Greene Acres Community Garden: 322 Franklin Ave
  • Central Bainbridge Street Community Garden: 277-279 Bainbridge St
  • Marge Matthews Garden: 13 Louis Pl
  • Citizens for a Better Community Garden: 742 Monroe St
  • Garden of Hope: 392 Hancock St
  • Gates Harvest Garden: 953 Gates Ave
  • Hull Street Playground: 145 Hull St
  • Garden of Angels: 978 Greene Ave
  • Lefferts Place Block Association Garden: 162 Lefferts Pl
  • John the Baptist Community Garden: 10 Stuyvesant Ave
  • Her-King Alagantic Block Association Garden: 411 Herkimer St
  • Brooklyn's Finest Garden: 48 Lefferts Pl
  • Madison Hill Community Garden: 88-90 Madison St
  • F.A.R.R. Community Garden: 808 Herkimer St
  • Red Gate Garden: 604 Marcy Ave
  • Patchen Community Square Garden: 142 Patchen Ave
  • Sterling Community Group Garden: 1701 Sterling Pl
  • Clifton Place Block Association Garden: 289 Grand Ave
  • Target Brooklyn (Bedford Avenue Block Association): 931 Bedford Ave
  • Farmers Garden: 1901 Bergen St
  • Jane Bailey Memorial Garden: 327 Greene Ave
  • Tranquility Farm (Willoughby Ave. Garden): 267 Throop Ave
  • Phoenix Community Garden: 16 Somers St
  • All People's Church of the Apostolic Faith Community Garden: 149 Tompkins Ave
  • Vernon Cases Community Garden: 42-48 Vernon Ave
  • Ralph-Lincoln Service Center Garden: 1654 St John's Pl
  • Heaven's Gate Community Garden (Hart Street): 169-171 Hart St
  • Patchen Avenue Garden: 49 Patchen Ave
  • Hattie Carthan Herban Farm: 49 Van Buren St
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Community Garden (Lola Bryant Comm. Garden): 95 Malcolm X Blvd
  • First Quincy Street Community Garden: 397-401 Quincy St
  • Preston Community Garden: 1711 Park Pl
  • Welcome Home Garden: 681 Halsey St
  • Sumpter Street Community Garden: 182 Sumpter St
  • Clifton Place Memorial Garden & Park: 1031 Bedford Ave
  • Garden of Plenty: 19 Hunterfly Pl
  • Saratoga Farm: 1965-1971 Fulton St
  • NYCHA - Tompkins - Senior Retreat Garden: 911 Myrtle Ave
  • Greene Avenue United Neighbors Association Garden: 490 Greene Ave
  • Cedar Tree Garden: 305 Greene Ave
  • Hart to Hart Community Garden: 104-108 Hart St
  • St. John's Place Renaissance Garden: 1642 St John's Pl

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • Ace Integration Head Start: 1419 Broadway
  • PS/IS 157 The Benjamin Franklin Health & Science Academy: 850 Kent Ave
  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School : 251 Macdougal St
  • PS 257 John F. Hylan: 60 Cook St
  • PS 599 Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School: 251 Mcdougal St
  • HS 556 Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence: 797 Bushwick Ave
  • PS 297 Abraham Stockton: 700 Park Ave
  • PS 705 Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School: 443 St Marks Ave
  • PS 262 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School: 500 Macon St
  • PS 54 Samuel C. Barnes: 195 Sanford St
  • PS/IS 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell: 121 Saratoga Ave
  • PS 56 Lewis H. Latimer: 170 Gates Ave
  • Pre-K 664: 140 58th St
  • PS 628 Brooklyn Brownstone School: 272 Macdonough St
  • PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen (aka Sarah Smith Garnet): 80 Underhill Ave
  • Little Sun People: 1360 Fulton St
  • PS 20 Clinton Hill: 225 Adelphi St
  • PS 368 I033K: 70 Tompkins Ave
  • PS 147 Isaac Remsen: 325 Bushwick Ave
  • MS/HS 707 Brooklyn Prospect Charter School- Clinton Hill Middle School: 1100 Fulton St
  • PS 734 The Ethical Community Charter School (TECCS): 700 Park Ave
  • PS 141 P141@MS35: 272 Macdonough St
  • PS 351 The Urban Assembly Unison School: 170 Gates Ave
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy: 265 Ralph Ave
  • PS 5 Dr. Ronald Mcnair: 820 Hancock St
  • PS 309 The George E. Wibecan Preparatory Academy: 794 Monroe St
  • PS 145 Andrew Jackson: 100 Noll St
  • Charter School 536 Community Roots Charter School: 51 Saint Edwards St
  • PS 3 The Bedford Village: 50 Jefferson Ave
  • HS 646 Aspirations Diploma Plus High School: 1495 Herkimer St
  • CS 21 Crispus Attucks: 180 Chauncey St
  • PS/MS 782 Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School: 82 Lewis Ave
  • PS 26 Jesse Owens: 1014 Lafayette Ave
  • PS 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier: 200 Woodbine St
  • PS 250 George H. Lindsay: 108 Montrose Ave
  • PS 46 Edward C. Blum: 100 Clermont Ave
  • PS/IS 308 Clara Cardwell: 616 Quincy St
  • PS 11 Purvis J. Behan: 419 Waverly Ave
  • HS 575 Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School: 832 Marcy Ave
  • Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media: 300 Willoughby Ave
  • PS 368 @ Brooklyn Children Ctr.: 1819 Bergen St
  • PS 789 Compass Charter School: 300 Adelphi St
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Complex/Referral Center: 832 Marcy Ave
  • IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos: 101 Walton St
  • HS 412 Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media: 300 Willoughby Ave
  • PS 40 George W. Carver: 265 Ralph Ave
  • P.S. 73: 241 Macdougal St
  • PS 59 William Floyd: 211 Throop Ave
  • PS 75 Mayda Cortiella: 95 Grove St
  • HS 616 Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service: 300 Willoughby Ave
  • Tompkins Childrens Center: 730 Park Ave
  • Brighter Choice Community School: 280 Hart St
  • Charter 687 Achievement First University Prep: 35 Starr St
  • PS 12 Dr. Jacqueline Peek-Davis School: 430 Howard Ave
  • PS 81 Thaddeus Stevens: 990 Dekalb Ave
  • HS 498 Brooklyn High School for Law and Technology: 1396 Broadway
  • PS 178 Saint Clair Mckelway: 2163 Dean St
  • MS 522 Mott Hall IV: 1137 Herkimer St
  • MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center: 300 Adelphi St
  • HS 753 School for Career Development: 510 Clermont Ave
  • PS 373 Brooklyn Transition Center: 185 Ellery St
  • HS 454 Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers: 223 Graham Ave
  • MS 484 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II: 430 Howard Ave
  • PS 316 Elijah Stroud: 750 Classon Ave
  • MS/HS 644 Eagle Academy for Young Men II: 1137 Herkimer St
  • PS 140: 141 Macon St
  • PS 25 Eubie Blake School: 787 Lafayette Ave
  • MS/HS 586 Lyons Community School: 223 Graham Ave

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT 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.

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT 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

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT 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. 

BEDFORD/STUYVESANT 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 BEDFORD/STUYVESANT:

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 BEDFORD/STUYVESANT:

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: 9/1/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 3: Bedford Stuyvesant.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 3: Bedford Stuyvesant, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Bedford-Stuyvesant.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=303*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~life_expectancy_puma_562~high_cost_h_cd_216~working_poor_cd_421~unemployment_cd_408~bodega_supermarket_cd_148~median_household_income_puma_397~fruits_veggies_cd_164!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#11/40.6994/-73.9085
  3. “A Foodscape of Bedford Stuyvesant/ Crown Heights.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS203_2017.pdf.
  4. “Annual Vital Statistics Data Show Fewer Premature Deaths and Fewer Births in New York City in 2017.” NYC Health, The City of New York.
  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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