Foodscape: Bensonhurst

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Bensonhurst 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: Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Mapleton 

*All data from DATA2GO includes: Bensonhurst & Bath Beach 

Zip codes include: 11204, 11214, 11228

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 204,829 (2.4% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Bensonhurst and New York City (1)
    • Bensonhurst: 12% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Bensonhurst: 1% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Bensonhurst: 47% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Bensonhurst: 39% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Bensonhurst: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Bensonhurst Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 20%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 31%
    • 45-64 years: 26%
    • 65+ years: 15%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Bensonhurst: 84.2 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Bensonhurst: 56% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Bensonhurst to 27 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 4,955,978 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Bensonhurst: 14.5% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Bensonhurst: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Bensonhurst: 24.5% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst (Zipcodes 11209, 11214, 11228)
      • 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): 
    • Bensonhurst: 90% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Bensonhurst: 10% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 17% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 65% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 21% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Bensonhurst: 14% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 12% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 26% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Bensonhurst: $53,198 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Bensonhurst: 18.2% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Bensonhurst: 4.1% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Bensonhurst: 34.4% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Bensonhurst: 7.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Bensonhurst: 2% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Bensonhurst: 20 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Bensonhurst: 65% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

BENSONHURST 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.

BENSONHURST  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 Bensonhurst. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

BENSONHURST SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • IS 180 The SEEALL Academy: 5601 16th Ave
  • PS 121 Nelson A. Rockefeller: 5301 20nd Ave
  • PS 112 Lefferts Park: 7115 15th Ave
  • IS 281 Joseph B Cavallaro: 8787 24th Ave
  • IS 96 Seth Low: 99 Avenue P
  • PS 192 The Magnet School for Math and Science Inquiry: 4715 18th Ave
  • HS 223 The Montauk: 4200 16th Ave
  • PS 127 Mckinley Park: 7805 7th Ave
  • JHS 259 William Mckinley: 7305 Ft Hamilton Pkwy
  • MS/HS 690 Brooklyn Studio Secondary School: 8310 21st Ave
  • PS/MS 686 Brooklyn School of Inquiry: 50 Avenue P
  • PS 186 Dr. Irving A Gladstone: 7601 19th Ave

BENSONHURST 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.

BENSONHURST 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

BENSONHURST 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. 

BENSONHURST 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.

  • Paradise Fruit & Vegetable
    1622 Bay Ridge Pkwy 11204,
  • Breadberry
    1689 60th St 11204, (718) 259-6666
  • Bay 31 Supermarket
    2222 86th St 11214, (718) 265-3388
  • Bay Parkway Deli & Grill
    8508 Bay Pkwy 11214, (718) 372-0379
  • Tony's Market
    1047 84th St 11228, (718) 484-8804
  • 16th Ave Food Corner
    4101 16th Ave 11204, (718) 436-7986
  • New Group Market Inc
    7012 18th Ave 11204, (718) 236-1168
  • 76 Cuccis Deli & Grocery
    7602 18th Ave 11214, (347) 371-9382
  • Sunshine Convenience
    2476 86th St 11214, (718) 714-7188
  • Hua Du Food Processing
    7619 18th Ave 11214, (718) 232-8811
  • Grocery Star Plus Cove Inc
    370 Avenue P 11204,
  • Emmanuelt - The Best Deli Grocery
    7816 20th Ave 11214,
  • Moon Convenience & Deli
    7402 New Utrecht Ave 11204, (347) 312-3882
  • La Chapincita
    1806 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 837-1284
  • 86 Optima Center
    1516 86th St 11228, (718) 234-9057
  • Asim Convenience Corp
    1404 86th St 11228, (718) 259-7871
  • Veggies Inc
    5301 18th Ave 11204, (347) 554-8410
  • 7024 Deli And Grocery
    7024 13th Ave 11228, (718) 232-0030
  • King's 86 C-Store
    1420 86th St 11228, (718) 377-2493
  • Bay Parkway Deli Grocery
    2171 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 946-9646
  • KS Fruit Market
    2233 86th St 11214,
  • Cristoford Fish Market
    7002 18th Ave 11204, (718) 232-1233
  • 86 Supermarket Inc
    2243 86th St 11214,
  • MS Kissan Center
    8609 Bay 16th St C3 11214,
  • 19th Ave Deli & Grocery
    1880 86th St 11214,
  • Lucky Corner Mini Market
    6101 20th Ave 11204,
  • MG Fresh Fruits
    2319 65th St 11204, (718) 645-1639
  • NY Brooklyn Bread
    8108 18th Ave 11214, (347) 492-4353
  • E & D Mini Market
    7909 7th Ave 11228,
  • Salam Deli Grocery
    7818 New Utrecht Ave 11214,
  • STW Deli King
    1722 Bath Ave 11214,
  • CVS
    6817 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 837-1471
  • Dongsheng Food
    6719 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 256-0010
  • Bensonhurst Grocery Corporation
    1702 86th St 11214, (347) 275-6999
  • CVS
    2014 Cropsey Ave 11214, (718) 266-2636
  • Tasty Deli Supermarket
    2381 86th St 11214, (718) 266-9296
  • 7-Eleven
    2515 86th St 11214, (718) 266-0420
  • New Star Cheese Italian Grocery
    7305 20th Ave 11204,
  • Jupiter Grocery
    7817 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 975-8585
  • Aaron's Grocery
    6705 18th Ave 11204, (347) 729-0830
  • Latino's Grocery
    2485 65th St 11204,
  • Queen Ann Ravioli
    7205 18th Ave 11204, (718) 256-1061
  • 欧江
    8648 26th Ave 11214,
  • CVS
    2151 86th St 11214, (718) 266-5000
  • El Chapin Deli Grocery
    7710 17th Ave 11214,
  • Good View
    7820 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 621-9388
  • Superfresh Supermarket
    7002 13th Ave 11228, (718) 333-5421
  • Vucciria Food & Gourmet
    2275 86th St 11214, (718) 331-0100
  • 2233 Food Market
    2221 86th St 11214,
  • US Asia Market
    2218 86th St 11214,
  • Liu's Deli
    2061 Bath Ave 11214, (646) 683-7152
  • A & Z Convenient
    2727 Cropsey Ave 11214,
  • Great Green Supermarket
    6614 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 232-3380
  • Tribuzio Meat Market
    7714 18th Ave 11214, (718) 837-1115
  • Karzinka
    6629 Bay Pkwy 11204,
  • Golden City Supermarket
    2217 86th St 11214, (718) 975-8082
  • Deli - Kulinarija
    2002 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 372-2887
  • Villabate Alba
    7001 18th Ave 11204, (718) 331-8430
  • Appetizing Plus
    4801 18th Ave 11204, (718) 438-0848
  • Lin's Deli & Grocery
    7619 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 259-5980
  • Becky Grocery
    2383 65th St 11204, (646) 707-9750
  • QQ Mini Market Inc
    7110 20th Ave 11204, (347) 767-3810
  • Gourmet Deli Grill
    6318 18th Ave 11204, (347) 462-9418
  • On the Luck Mini Mart
    2204 86th St 11214,
  • Bath Avenue Market Corporation
    1572 Bath Ave 11228,
  • Rinconcito Chapin
    1738 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 872-7793
  • Campos Deli Grocery
    7020 20th Ave 11204, (718) 234-1005
  • Walgreens
    2535 86th St 11214,
  • Polish Deli & Foods
    7722 18th Ave 11214, (347) 312-6210
  • Gujrat Service Station
    8775 Bay Pkwy 11214, (718) 996-5181
  • Main Pharmacy
    2350 86th St 11214, (718) 372-2144
  • Mendelsohn's Pizza
    4418-4420 18th Ave 11204, (718) 854-0600
  • 86th St Gourmet Deli
    8523 18th Ave 11214,
  • Kaffs Bakery & Grocery
    4616 16th Ave 11204, (718) 438-0931
  • Bath Avenue Deli Inc
    1525 Bath Avenue A 11228, (718) 232-2131
  • Dennis Grocery
    2302 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 265-0974
  • Mong Kok Supermarket
    1815 86th St 11214, (718) 837-2220
  • OK Fish Market
    6824 18th Ave 11204, (718) 236-3930
  • Springfield Farm
    6124 18th Ave 11204, (718) 234-7273
  • Refresh Fruits
    5510 16th Ave 11204, (718) 437-4422
  • Premium Deli
    8220 13th Ave 11228, (718) 238-9417
  • Romeo Foods
    7801 15th Ave 11228, (718) 331-5911
  • Sem Sem Fruit & Grocery
    1955 Bath Ave 11214, (917) 400-4680
  • Key Food Supermarket
    8772 18th Ave 11214, (718) 331-5080
  • White Mountain Farm Grocery
    8406 20th Ave 11214, (718) 266-6062
  • Netcost Market
    8671 18th Ave 11214, (718) 259-8850
  • Walgreens
    6101 18th Ave 11204, (718) 236-0146
  • Borbas Pharmacy
    2046 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 372-5686
  • Sunny Mini Market
    8017 20th Ave 11214, (718) 234-7825
  • Moshes Fruit
    4807 16th Ave 11204, (718) 438-6835
  • Rosner's Grocery
    5430 16th Ave 11204,
  • Star Deli
    6602 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 232-3334
  • Rx Warehouse Pharmacy
    7724 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 236-1212
  • Bova's Meat Market
    8020 13th Ave 11228,
  • Shan Market
    2620 Cropsey Ave 11214, (718) 265-4082
  • Ace Market
    6511 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 331-6898
  • Carlo's Grocery
    1983 52nd St 11204, (718) 253-0322
  • Luisa Deli Grocery
    1858 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 372-1260
  • Cielo Azul Deli Grocery
    6910 8th Ave 11228, (347) 517-4401
  • 6923 The Lucky Store
    6923 20th Ave 11204, (718) 676-7000
  • Goldbergs Grocery
    5025 18th Ave 11204, (718) 435-7177
  • EK Express Way Deli
    7514 18th Ave 11214, (718) 232-1002
  • Bath Fresh Deli & Grocery
    2272 Bath Ave 11214, (347) 702-5721
  • Quick Stop
    6824 20th Ave 11204, (718) 331-2259
  • New Morelos Deli Grocery
    6004 20th Ave 11204, (718) 790-6545
  • Penuela Deli Grocery
    2570 86th St 11214,
  • Grace Market
    7114 Fort Hamilton Pkwy 11228, (718) 630-1118
  • Pete Rosito Fruit
    1787 Bay Ridge Ave 11204,
  • Around The Clock Deli
    8601 18th Ave 11214, (718) 259-6700
  • New Deli Foods
    2168 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 266-3550
  • Care Plus Pharmacy
    7010 18th Ave 11204, (718) 256-4886
  • Cherry Hill Market
    2284 86th St #1 11214, (718) 373-4900
  • My Favorite Deli
    1978 86th St 11214, (718) 449-1251
  • D Hights Finest Deli Grill
    6902 13th Ave 11228, (718) 921-3354
  • Queen AA Grocery
    7214 18th Ave 11204, (718) 331-1948
  • The Palms Halal
    1786 66th St 11204, (718) 676-1774
  • Bazaar Deli & Grocery
    30 Avenue O 11204, (718) 639-9720
  • A & J Grocery
    1910 86th St 11214,
  • La Bella Marketplace
    7907 13th Ave 11228, (718) 331-0050
  • Emanuel Deli Grocery
    6402 Bay Pkwy 11204, (347) 358-1108
  • CVS
    8430 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 232-4204
  • Sunrise Pharmacy
    6725 Bay Pkwy 11204, (718) 837-0600
  • New AB Food
    7402 17th Ave 11204, (347) 587-3339
  • Ahmed's Grocery and Halal meat
    2150 Bath Ave 11214, (347) 702-6601
  • I & R Deli
    1495 70th St 11228,
  • Dean Mini Market
    7224 13th Ave 11228,
  • Favorite Choice Grocery Inc.
    8401 15th Ave 11228,
  • Bensonhurst Market: A Met Food Program
    7215 20th Ave 11204, (718) 256-7002
  • Fortune on 86th
    1686 86th St 11214, (718) 256-4646
  • Columbus Deli
    6610 18th Ave 11204, (718) 236-8623
  • Green Food Supermarket
    8508 20th Ave 11214, (718) 266-8886
  • Thanksgiving Supermarket
    2243-2247 86th St 11214, (718) 234-8008
  • Yum's Fruit Market Inc
    77-15 13th Ave 11228, (718) 837-8782
  • B & R Foods
    7904 16th Ave 11214,
  • Pattys Meat Market
    7917 7th Ave 11228, (718) 836-4400
  • 7-Eleven
    6321 18th Ave 11204,
  • Netcost Market
    2339 65th St 11204, (718) 627-7449
  • Los 3 Hermanos
    8742 25th Ave 11214, (718) 946-3461
  • Stop & Shop
    2965 Cropsey Ave 11214, (718) 266-2705
  • BJ's Wholesale
    1752 Shore Pkwy 11214, (718) 372-6951
  • Gourmet 8421 Deli
    8425 7th Ave 11228,
  • 18 Deli Ave
    6102 18th Ave 11204,
  • Bay Gourmet
    2279 86th St 11214,
  • 7201 Fort Hamilton Pkwy Food Corp.
    7201 Ft Hamilton Pkwy 11228, (718) 833-3059
  • Kim's Market
    8018 17th Ave 11214,
  • Food Dynasty Supermarket
    1525 86th St 11228, (718) 256-9500
  • Sunflower Food Market
    2409 65th St 11204,
  • KCI & John's Deli
    2601 Bath Ave 11214, (718) 946-2301
  • Shauly's Meal Mart
    1973 60th St 11204, (718) 236-2200
  • Walgreens
    1532-34 86th St 11228, (718) 234-8444
  • Deli-Plus
    5721 18th Ave 11204, (718) 256-1809
  • Rite Aid
    8222 18th Ave 11214, (718) 256-6635
  • Sea Land Seafood & Meat Market
    2502 86th St 11214, (718) 266-1668
  • Sunshine Deli & Grocery
    1705 81 St 11214, (718) 259-2586
  • Fischman's Grocery
    4421 16th Ave 11204, (718) 853-1802
  • Walgreens
    7009 13th Ave 11228, (718) 256-1761
  • Lai Fu 88 Grocery
    2102 Bath Ave 11214, (347) 429-5777
  • 72 St Grocery
    7206 13th Ave 11228, (718) 833-0802
  • Taishan Grocery Inc
    6209 20th Ave 11204,
  • 8421 Deli Inc
    8421 7th Ave 11228,
  • Bari Pork Store
    6319 18th Ave 11204, (718) 837-9773
  • Prime by Ari
    5010 16th St 11204, (718) 851-0051
  • Walgreens
    6628 18th Ave 11204, (718) 236-6790
  • K-N Deli & Market INC.
    5924 20th Ave #2407 11204, (917) 767-4421
  • Catracho Grocery
    6823 20th Ave 11204, (718) 256-0905
  • Benson Mini Market
    1653 Benson Ave 11214, (718) 259-9727
  • 17th Mini Mart
    8306 17th Ave 11214,
  • Jmart
    8121 New Utrecht Ave 11214, (718) 758-5973
  • Pier 18 Fish Market
    4904 18th Ave 11204, (718) 851-0311

PARKS IN BENSONHURST:

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

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 3/23/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 11: Bensonhurst.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 11: Bensonhurst, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Bensonhurst & Bath Beach.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=311*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~life_expectancy_puma_562~sch_enrol_cd_112~high_cost_h_cd_216~working_poor_cd_421~unemployment_cd_408~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~ex_high_cost_h_cd_historical_402~poverty_ceo_cd_417~bodega_supermarket_cd_148~median_household_income_puma_397~fruits_veggies_cd_164~median_personal_earnings_puma_400!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#14/40.6076/-73.9958
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  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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