Foodscape: Brownsville

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Brownsville 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 Broadway Junction, Brownsville and Ocean Hill 

Zip codes include: 11212, 11233

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 84,525 (0.99% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Brownsville and New York City (1)
    • Brownsville: 21.7% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Brownsville: 72.7% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Brownsville: 2.8% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Brownsville: 1.5% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Brownsville: 1.3% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Brownsville Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 28%
    • 18-24 years: 11%
    • 25-44 years: 27%
    • 45-64 years: 23%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Brownsville: 75.6 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Brownsville: 30% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Brownsville to 15 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 6,890,757 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Brownsville: 32.7% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Brownsville: 0.7% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Brownsville: 45.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Bedford Stuyvesant/Crown Heights (Zipcodes 11212, 11213, 11216, 11233, 11238)
      • 5 minutes or less: 62% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 16% (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): 
    • Brownsville: 80% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Brownsville: 20% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 35% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 79% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 41% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Brownsville: 23% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 33% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Brownsville: $37,197 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Brownsville: 37.6% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Brownsville: 8.1% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Brownsville: 37.7% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Brownsville: 8.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Brownsville: 9% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Brownsville: 32 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Brownsville: 74% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

BROWNSVILLE 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)  

  • Isabahlia Community Garden: 615 Saratoga Ave
  • Thomas Boyland Community Garden: 754 Thomas Boyland St
  • ISO Student Farm Project: 514 Rockaway Ave
  • Brownsville Green Community Garden: 1418 Eastern Parkway
  • Abib Newborn: 495 Osborn St
  • Amboy Street Garden: 208 Amboy St
  • Hull Street Community Garden Inc.: 221-235 Hull St
  • Fantasy Garden: 181 Legion St
  • Howard Garden: 750 Howard Ave
  • A Patch of Inspiration: 631 Powell St
  • Brownsville Community Farm (James McKeather): 239 Herzl St
  • Marcus Garvey Tenants Association: 1833 Strauss St
  • Jes Good Rewards Children's Garden: 155 Amboy St
  • Newport Garden: 191-201 Newport St
  • McLeod Community Garden: 130 Liberty Ave
  • Powell Street Garden: 434 Livonia Ave
  • MHBA Living Laboratory Community Garden: 386 Chester St
  • Green Valley Garden: 93 New Lots Ave

BROWNSVILLE SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • Middle School for Art and Philosophy: 1084 Lenox Rd
  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School : 251 Macdougal St
  • PS 599 Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School: 251 Mcdougal St
  • PS/IS 41 Francis White: 411 Thatford Ave
  • PS 298 Dr. Betty Shabazz: 85 Watkins St
  • PS 396 @323: 210 Chester St
  • PS 262 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School: 500 Macon St
  • PS/IS 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell: 121 Saratoga Ave
  • PS 628 Brooklyn Brownstone School: 272 Macdonough St
  • PS 284 The Gregory Jacko Jackson School of Sports, Art, and Technology: 213 Osborn St
  • Brownsville Collaborative Middle School: 85 Watkins St
  • PS 141 P141@MS35: 272 Macdonough St
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy: 265 Ralph Ave
  • PS 5 Dr. Ronald Mcnair: 820 Hancock St
  • PS 770 New American Academy: 60 E 94th St
  • PS 446 Riverdale Avenue Community School: 76 Riverdale Ave
  • HS 646 Aspirations Diploma Plus High School: 1495 Herkimer St
  • CS 21 Crispus Attucks: 180 Chauncey St
  • HS 697 Teachers Preparatory High School: 226 Bristol St
  • PS 368 @ Brooklyn Children Ctr.: 1819 Bergen St
  • PS 189 The Bilingual Center: 1100 E New York Ave
  • PS 40 George W. Carver: 265 Ralph Ave
  • P.S. 73: 241 Macdougal St
  • PS 165 Ida Posner: 76 Lott Ave
  • Brownsville Ascend Charter School: 1501 Pitkin Ave
  • PS 396: 110 Chester St
  • PS 12 Dr. Jacqueline Peek-Davis School: 430 Howard Ave
  • PS 178 Saint Clair Mckelway: 2163 Dean St
  • PS 184 Newport: 273 Newport St
  • HS 568 Brownsville Academy High School: 1150 E New York Ave
  • MS 522 Mott Hall IV: 1137 Herkimer St
  • Inner Force Tots: 1181 E New York Ave
  • MS 671 Mott Hall Bridges Academy: 210 Chester St
  • PS/IS 323: 210 Chester St
  • CS 792 The Cultural Arts Academy at Spring Creek Charter School: 1400 Linden Blvd
  • MS 484 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II: 430 Howard Ave
  • MS/HS 644 Eagle Academy for Young Men II: 1137 Herkimer St

BROWNSVILLE 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.

BROWNSVILLE 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

BROWNSVILLE WIC SITES:

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

BROWNSVILLE 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. 

BROWNSVILLE 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.

  • Brownsville Community Culinary Center
    69 Belmont Ave 11212, (347) 618-6177
  • 308 Patchen Deli & Grocery
    308 Patchen Ave 11233, (718) 363-2035
  • Pitkin Mini Food Mart
    1625 Pitkin Ave 11212, (718) 345-0721
  • 51 Deli & Grocery NYC
    51 Hegeman Ave 11212, (631) 757-3354
  • La Vakana Grocery
    1157 Willmohr St 11212,
  • Nice Deli And Grocery
    1660 Johns Pl 11233,
  • America's Food Basket
    2220 Atlantic Ave 11233, (718) 342-6626
  • Maquen Food
    792 Saratoga Ave 11212,
  • Legion Grocery Deli
    297 Legion St 11212,
  • Rite Aid
    960 Halsey St 11233, (718) 602-1607
  • Green Village Meat Market/Supermarket
    253-201 E 98th St 11212, (718) 342-4647
  • GB Halal Deli
    111 Rockaway Ave 11233, (347) 405-7050
  • A & J Meat Market
    670 Rockaway Ave 11212,
  • Lucky Star Deli Corporation
    177 Sumpter St 11233,
  • Rite Aid
    1950 Fulton St 11233, (718) 493-0854
  • Brownsville Deli
    694 Rockaway Ave 11212, (347) 350-8556
  • Key Food Supermarket
    800 Rockaway Ave 11212, (718) 485-0169
  • Food Bazaar Supermarket
    1682 St Johns Pl 11233, (718) 907-9280
  • Food Universe
    1132 1132 405 Remsen Ave 11212, (917) 893-9453
  • Dempanada Deli Food
    1078 Rutland Rd 11212,
  • Flea Market
    251 Malcolm X Blvd 11233,
  • Cherry Valley Marketplace
    381 Mother Gaston Blvd 11212, (718) 342-7100
  • Morales Grocery
    433 Ralph Ave 11233,
  • Family Dollar
    2010 Atlantic Ave 11233,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    9530 Church Ave 11212, (718) 345-3280
  • Pitkin Deli Grocery
    1674 Pitkin Ave 11212,
  • Dollar Tree
    198 E 98th St 11212, (347) 563-9078
  • Family Dollar
    455 Dumont Ave 11212,
  • Economic Food Market
    9424 Kings Hwy 11212,
  • 53 Buffalo Deli Grocery
    53 Buffalo Ave 11233, (718) 221-4900
  • King Tobacco & Grocery
    1735 Pitkin Ave 11212, (347) 442-0797
  • Ziggy Deli & Grill
    1676 E New York Ave 11212, (718) 708-4018
  • Highly Quality Deli
    421 Bainbridge St 11233, (929) 234-2130
  • East Gaston 99
    439 Mother Gaston Blvd 11212, (718) 345-5408
  • Food Bazaar Supermarket
    417 Junius St 11212, (718) 498-8737
  • Atlantic Deli & Grocery
    2053 Atlantic Ave 11233, (718) 345-1666
  • Rite Aid
    1631-43 Pitkin Ave 11212, (718) 498-9530
  • Kiwi Food Market
    1741 Fulton St 11233, (718) 774-1059
  • 248 Deli
    248 Livonia Ave 11212,
  • Cecilia Grocery
    285 E 91st St 11212,
  • Cecilia Grocery
    1006 Clarkson Ave 11212, (718) 495-4260
  • Los Punkis Mini Market
    78 Thatford Ave 11212,
  • Natural Valley Market
    182 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 484-3522
  • Circle Plaza Deli
    1747 Fulton St 11233, (347) 240-7822, (631) 836-6948
  • Family Dollar
    294-304 MacDougal St 11233,
  • Eghe African Market
    1782 Pitkin Ave 11212, (718) 498-3193
  • Homeland Food 1
    307 Stuyvesant Ave 11233, (917) 651-1524
  • Gana Mini Market
    382 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 221-1808
  • Calcano Mini Market
    642 Rockaway Ave 11212,
  • Mini Market 2
    77 Hegeman Ave 11212, (718) 922-9155
  • North Carolina Country Store
    2001 Atlantic Ave 11233, (718) 498-8033
  • Angel Deli Food Corp.
    713 Decatur Ave 11233,
  • Gourmet Deli & Grocery
    9717 Kings Hwy 11212,
  • Golden Gourmet Deli
    1500 Pitkin Ave 11212, (718) 484-4816
  • Grace Farmers Market & Vegetables
    437 Rockaway Ave 11212, (718) 485-2551
  • Big Papa and Sons Market
    689 Ralph Ave 11212,
  • Blake Food Market Corp.
    244 Chester St 11212,
  • Pitkin King Deli
    1742 Pitkin Ave 11212,
  • Glenn Deli & Grocery
    55 Hegeman Ave 11212,
  • Garden Basket Market
    354 Lewis Ave 11233, (718) 455-5619
  • Santa Grocery
    137 Blake Ave 11212,
  • Rite Aid
    1154 Clarkson Ave 11212, (718) 345-6355
  • Giselle Mini Market
    1697 E New York Ave 11212,
  • Soto Grocery
    202 Mother Gaston Blvd 11233, (718) 498-3416
  • Family Dollar
    130 New Lots Ave 11212,
  • Fine Fair Supermarket
    783 Saratoga Ave 11212, (347) 281-7517
  • 874 Janico Deli Grocery
    874 Thomas S Boyland St 11212, (347) 221-0759
  • New Happiness Fruits
    9515 Church Ave 11212,
  • Kim's Good Farm
    1103 Rutland Rd 11212, (718) 953-9495
  • Family Dollar
    384 Mother Gaston Blvd 11212,
  • Los Tumbajos Food Center
    9619 Church Ave 11212,
  • Mama Gaston Deli & Market
    645 Mother Gaston Blvd 11212,
  • Chester Food Market Corp.
    241 Blake Ave 11212, (718) 922-2225
  • Chela Foods Market
    44 New Lots Ave 11212, (718) 346-4532
  • Rutland Grocery Deli
    1035 Rutland Rd #95 11212,
  • Fresh Fillet Seafood Market
    129 Osborn St 11212, (718) 975-2244
  • 79 Livonia Food (Deli and Grill)
    79 Livonia Ave 11212,
  • Mashrah Gourmet Deli
    1380 Eastern Pkwy 11233, (718) 493-1217
  • 787 San Victor Grocery (Fede Grocery)
    787 Macdonough St 11233,
  • Bashar Deli & Grocery
    1167 Lenox Rd 11212,
  • Circle Plaza Deli
    390 Malcolm X Blvd 11233,
  • Grand Convenience Store
    361 Sutter Ave 11212,
  • Kev & Jacob Grocery Inc.
    212 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 455-2373
  • Brownsville Gourmet Deli
    250 Livonia Ave 11212, (718) 495-2524
  • Angis Grocery Store
    243 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 455-0008
  • Bravo Supermarkets
    80 E 93rd St 11212, (718) 773-9000
  • Halsey Traders Market
    587 Halsey St 11233, (929) 234-3220
  • New Happiness Fruit & Vegetable
    9515 Church Ave 11212,
  • 1961 Fulton Deli
    1961 Fulton St 11233, (718) 221-4399
  • MT Deli Grocery
    245 Howard Ave 11233, (347) 553-1068
  • Samantha Grocery
    994 Winthrop St 11212,
  • Brownsville Deli & Grocery
    784 Saratoga Ave 11212, (347) 425-0117
  • Rockaway Deli Food
    9627 Farragut Rd 11212, (917) 905-2081
  • Mucho Loco Deli & Grocery
    441 Sutter Ave 11212, (718) 484-3691
  • GS Deli In Grocery
    367 Rockaway Ave 11212, (718) 922-3913
  • CK Market
    1033 Rutland Rd 11212,
  • Express Deli
    283 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 773-0914
  • Associated Supermarkets
    1888 Fulton St 11233, (718) 778-8665
  • El Especial Deli & Grocery
    774 Rockaway Ave, Store 4 11212, (718) 676-0521
  • Montse Deli Grocery
    564 Bainbridge St 11233,
  • BLM Natural Deli
    165 Ralph Ave 11233, (646) 791-1834
  • Halsey Deli & Grocery
    146 Ralph Ave 11233,
  • Express Stop and Shop 1
    9411 Church Ave 11212,
  • Lily Food Store
    1932 Fulton St 11233, (718) 774-1210
  • Alexandra Deli & Grocery
    79 Saratoga Ave 11233, (718) 484-4835
  • Chens Fresh Fish Food Mart
    378 Mother Gaston Blvd 11212, (718) 498-9100
  • Ralph Super Deli
    578 Ralph Ave 11233, (718) 676-1223
  • Plaza Food Market Corporation
    980 Rutland Rd 11212,
  • Family Dollar
    830 Rockaway Ave 11212,
  • Tenares Grocery Corp
    351 Evergreen Ave 11233,

PARKS IN BROWNSVILLE:

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 BROWNSVILLE:

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: 6/30/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 16: Brownsville.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 2: Brownsville, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Brownsville & Ocean Hill” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=111*36047015900*meal_gap_puma!undefined!ns*!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#12/40.8086/-73.9294.
  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 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.
  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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