Foodscape: Rockaway/Broad Channel

by NYC Food Policy Editor

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: 76.9 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: 16.5% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 1.0% 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: $53,968 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Broad Channel/Rockaway: 18.9% (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: 26.3% (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 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 P233Q@42: 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.

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: 9/1/2021

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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