Foodscape: Rockaway/Broad Channel

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Rockaway/Broad Channel 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 Arverne, Bayswater, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Edgemere and Rockaway 

*All data from DATA2GO includes Far Rockaway, Breezy Point and Broad Channel 

Zip codes include: 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11697

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 114,390 (1.34% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Broad Channel/Rockaway and New York City (1)
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 22% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 40% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 33% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 3% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Broad Channel/Rockaway Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 26%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 25%
    • 45-64 years: 26%
    • 65+ years: 14%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 79.1 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 26% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Broad Channel/Rockaway to bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,693,909 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 18% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 0.9% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 28.4% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from The Rockaways (Zipcodes 11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11697)
      • 5 minutes or less: 34% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 19% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 43% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 89% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 11% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 24% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 75% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 32% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 23% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 15% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 34% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: $62,585 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 19.5% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 5.1% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 28.8% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 6.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 13% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 17 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 72% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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.

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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)  

  • Seagirt Boulevard Community Garden: 30-03 Seagirt Blvd
  • Edgemere Farm: 385 Beach 45th St
  • Bay Beach 84 Garden: 3-22 Beach 84 St
  • Community Serenity Garden: 30-15 Seagirt Blvd
  • Edgemere Coalition Community Garden: 480 Beach 43 St
  • Far Rock Urban Agro-Education Center: 378 Beach 45th St
  • Rockaway Roots Urban Farm: 308 Beach 58th St
  • Rockaway Youth Task Force Urban Farm: 310 Beach 58th St
  • Beach 91 Community Garden: 136 Beach 91st St

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • MS 53 Brian Piccolo: 10-45 Nameoke St
  • PS/MS 333 Goldie Maple Academy: 3-65 Beach 56th St
  • PS 253 : 1307 Central Ave
  • PS 233 [email protected]: 488 Beach 66th St
  • MS/HS 323 Scholars' Academy: 320 Beach 104th St

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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.

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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. 

BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY 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.

  • Edgemere Farm Market
    3-23 Beach 74th St 11692,
  • Paketeria Grocery
    17-21 Seagirt Blvd 11691, (718) 471-7759
  • Fannie Grocery & Deli
    5307 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11691, (718) 474-1822
  • Rockaway Beach Gourmet Deli
    92-09 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693, (718) 474-1400
  • Sorrentino's Market
    99-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 843-9800
  • Family Dollar
    113-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (347) 897-5989
  • Associated Supermarkets
    57-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11692, (347) 619-8252
  • Rockaway Bites
    104-6 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 474-2104
  • Channel Market
    925 Cross Bay Blvd 11693, (718) 945-7400
  • CVS
    88 07 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693, (718) 318-2700
  • Young Food Market
    20-07 New Haven Ave 11691, (718) 337-6711
  • Stop & Shop
    70-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11692, (718) 318-6281
  • Dahaleel 1
    281 Beach 116th St 11694, (718) 945-6244
  • Family Foods Market
    536-38 Beach 25th St 11691, (718) 327-4107
  • Fat Cardinal Provisions
    196 Beach 92nd St 11693, (347) 989-4322
  • Newway Supermarket
    58-14 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 474-0663
  • A & D Deli Grocery
    Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 945-6614
  • Alex's Delicatessen
    104-2 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 737-5150
  • AAA Grocery Store Corporation
    69-15 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 318-0451
  • A & T Grocery
    73-02 Beach Channel Dr 11692,
  • Walgreens
    10640 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 318-8512
  • Stop & Shop
    112-15 Beach Channel Dr 11694, (718) 945-4894
  • 99 C Rock
    1055 Beach 20th St 11691, (718) 471-5190
  • Bon Appetit
    418 Beach 129th St 11694, (718) 634-6399
  • Duane Reade
    11602 Beach Channel Dr 11694, (718) 945-7781
  • Rockway Food Mart Inc.
    B 116th St 11694,
  • R & R Halal
    66-08 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 474-7777
  • Cuisine By Claudette
    143 B 116th St 11694, (718) 945-5511
  • Eliner Seafood 2
    32-15 Beach Channel Dr 11691, (718) 337-2992
  • Pickles & Pies Food Market & Deli
    202 B 116th St 11694, (718) 634-6041
  • Rockaway Express Deli & Grocery
    90-17 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693,
  • 101 Deli
    100-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 634-1121
  • Family Dollar
    8601 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693,
  • Ali Deli & Grocery Corporation
    7003 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 474-1479
  • Cross Bay Grocery
    913 Cross Bay Blvd 11693, (718) 634-4457
  • 66-16 Meat & Produce
    66 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 945-0272
  • Appetito Deli
    9010 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693, (718) 318-2101
  • El Capitan Deli Grocery
    518 B 72 St 11692, (347) 246-9408
  • Gold-More Deli & Grill
    14-16 Cornage Ave 11691, (718) 337-6864
  • Genesis Grocery
    Far Rockaway Blvd 11691,
  • Kopernik Polish Deli
    115-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694, (718) 945-5050
  • Ali Baba Finest Deli Corp
    8704a Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693, (718) 945-3710
  • Key Food Supermarket
    87-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11693, (718) 945-5220
  • R & R Halal Inc
    6608 Beach Channel Dr 11692, (718) 474-7777
  • Eden European Market
    11507 Rockaway Beach Blvd 11694,
  • Belle Harbor Foods Inc
    413 Beach 129th St 11694, (718) 634-0945
  • Farrockaway
    Beach 59th St 11692,
  • On and On Deli and Grocery Store
    3-10 Beach 54th St 11692, (718) 474-4800
  • Beach 116st Deli & Grocery
    201 B 116th St 11694, (718) 318-1752
  • Fuente De Bendicion
    709 Beach 20th St 11691, (347) 752- 9910, (347) 217-0803
  • 44 St Grocery & Candy Inc
    4321 Beach Channel Dr 11691,
  • Valley Grocery
    3005 Brookhaven Ave 11691,

PARKS IN BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY:

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 BROAD CHANNEL/ROCKAWAY:

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: 1/19/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 14: Rockaway and Broad Channel.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 14: Rockaway and Broad Channel, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Far Rockaway, Breezy Point & Broad Channel.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=414*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#
  3. “A Foodscape of The Rockaways.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS410_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 – Queens.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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