Foodscape: Coney Island

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Coney Island 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 Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Gravesend, Homecrest, Sea Gate and West Brighton 

*All data from DATA2GO includes Brighton Beach & Coney Island 

Zip codes include: 11223, 11224

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 106,459 (1.25% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Coney Island and New York City (1)
    • Coney Island: 16% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Coney Island: 12% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Coney Island: 56% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Coney Island: 14% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Coney Island: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Coney Island Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 19%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 25%
    • 45-64 years: 27%
    • 65+ years: 22%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Coney Island: 80.6 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Coney Island: 53% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Coney Island to 21 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,798,001 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Coney Island: 19.5% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Coney Island: 0.9% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Coney Island: 38.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Coney Island/Sheepshead Bay (Zipcodes 11223, 11224, 11229, 11235)
      • 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: 34% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 91% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Coney Island: 9% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 21% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 70% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 28% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8):
    • Coney Island: 18% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 15% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 31% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Coney Island: $38,065 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Coney Island: 26.1% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Coney Island: 4.5% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Coney Island: 30.1% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Coney Island: 6.7 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Coney Island: 13% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Coney Island: 22 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Coney Island: 71% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

CONEY ISLAND 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.

CONEY ISLAND COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

CONEY ISLAND 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)  

  • Surfside Garden Multi-Cultural Coalition: 2871 Surf Ave
  • Santos White Community Garden: 2110 Mermaid Ave

CONEY ISLAND SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 231 PS [email protected]: 5601 16th Ave
  • IS 303 Herbert S. Eisenberg: 501 W Ave
  • PS 90 Edna Cohen School: 2840 W 12th St
  • PS 370 The Jim Thorpe School: 3000 W 1st St
  • PS 721 Brooklyn Occupational Training Center: 64 Avenue X
  • IS 228 David A. Boody: 228 Avenue S
  • PS 329 Surfside: 2929 W 30th St
  • PS 188 Michael E. Berdy: 3314 Neptune Ave
  • PS 216 Arturo Toscanini: 350 Avenue X

CONEY ISLAND 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.

CONEY ISLAND 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

CONEY ISLAND WIC SITES:

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

CONEY ISLAND 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. 

CONEY ISLAND 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.

  • Atlas Meat Market
    387 Avenue X 11223,
  • Ralph Fruit
    507 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 339-1077
  • Food to Live
    2769 W 15th St 11224, (718) 717-1029
  • Millennium Deli & Grocery
    3038 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 449-5711
  • Dolce Italia
    320 Avenue U 11223, (718) 837-2464
  • Quick Stop
    2404 Coney Island Ave 11223,
  • La Villita Fruits and Juices
    310 Kings Hwy 11223, (347) 673-5275
  • Leanly Chinese Food
    1627 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 266-1823
  • Albert Fruit
    730 Avenue U 11223, (718) 339-9331
  • Mermaid Deli and Grocery
    3202 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 513-3995
  • CVS
    532 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 996-2233
  • Neptune Deli Grocery (Amir Grocery Corp)
    1502 Neptune Ave 11224,
  • A & T Grocery
    2908 Stillwell Ave 11224, (718) 946-3289
  • Ocean Bay Market
    2424 Coney Island Ave 11223, (718) 382-1688
  • Beach Deli
    3204 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 513-3995
  • 2317 Coney Convenience Inc
    2317 Coney Island Ave 11223, (718) 376-1018
  • SG Convenience Corporation
    730 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 627-6311
  • Helalah Supermarket
    2115 Surf Ave 11224, (718) 265-0196
  • 7-Eleven
    953 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 336-0413
  • Belarus Supermarket
    495 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 373-5595
  • Ouri's Fruit
    427 Avenue U 11223, (718) 645-0020
  • United Express Deli & grill
    237 Avenue X 11223, (718) 676-9440
  • Yafranny Deli Corp
    2728 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718)-372-5089
  • Key Food Supermarket
    319 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 627-1570
  • Stillwell Grocery Inc
    1801 Stillwell Ave 11223, (718) 372-2715
  • Shaba Deli & Grocery
    2387 Stillwell Ave 11223, (718) 996-1080
  • 99 Cent Xpress
    2815 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 714-6254
  • Avenue S Supermarket
    802 Avenue S 11223, (718) 998-5884
  • Bay Parkway Food
    320 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 336-7200
  • Fruit & Vegetable Brothers
    249 Avenue X 11223, (718) 339-2449
  • Key Food Supermarket
    599 Avenue Z 11223, (718) 934-4279
  • SRR Convenience Store
    315 Kings Hwy 11223, (917) 909-6382
  • Star Deli & Grill
    397 Avenue X 11223, (718) 758-5004
  • Lucky Day Convenience Store Inc.
    2637 86th St 11223,
  • Netcost Market
    608 Sheepshead Bay Rd 11224, (718) 946-5400
  • T-L Food Market Inc.
    119 Avenue U 11223, (718) 333-1688
  • Deli Grocery & Grill
    2706 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 975-1379
  • 1716 Mermaid Ave Deli & Grocery
    1716 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 714-9999
  • Express Deli/Mashallah Deli
    2115 Surf Ave 11224, (718) 265-1667
  • F Grocery Food Corp (Quick Deli and Grill)
    246 Avenue U 11223, (718) 266-2193
  • Smart Cost Russian Food
    255 Kings Hwy 11223,
  • New Taste of China
    2793b 86th St 11223, (718) 372-3222
  • AKM Deli & Grocery
    383 Avenue X 11223,
  • Foodtown of Bensonhurst
    1949 Stillwell Ave 11223, (718) 266-8100
  • Min's Fish Market
    316 Avenue U 11223, (718) 373-5169
  • New West 10th Deli
    97 Avenue S 11223, (347) 275-2005
  • Busy Corner Grocery Inc
    801 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 645-9833
  • Walgreens
    2590 Coney Island Ave 11223, (718) 648-0120
  • I & D Glatt Meat & Poultry
    482 Avenue P 11223, (718) 339-8555
  • Fruits by Pesha
    2045 Mcdonald Ave 11223, (917) 612-0660
  • Akiva Grocery
    409 Avenue U 11223, (718) 265-6555
  • Green Apple Deli
    2321 Mermaid Ave 11224, (347) 492-3172
  • Big Sam Food
    2327 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 449-4020
  • 7-Eleven
    133-35 Avenue U 11223,
  • Jerusalem Glatt Meat
    710 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 375-8879
  • Island Neighborhood Gourmet Food
    2909 Surf Ave 11224, (718) 265-0305
  • Fresh Food Choice
    2715 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 513-6511
  • A Deli
    1105 Avenue S 11223,
  • Lavi Glatt
    805 Avenue U 11223, (718) 998-2330
  • Gourmet Deli
    2789 86th St 11223, (718) 266-1072
  • MV Quick Stop Corp
    2875 W 8th St 11224, (718) 946-3807
  • Walgreens
    946 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 645-2689
  • Sam's Deli
    288 Avenue U 11223, (718) 266-0377
  • Holon Middle East Grocery Store
    527 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 336-7758
  • Mermaid Prime Meat
    1610 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 266-3202
  • 1626 Mini Mart
    1626 Stillwell Ave 11223, (718) 232-7493
  • K & B Gourmet Deli
    2827 Mermaid Ave 11224, (347) 462-9306
  • Associated Supermarkets
    480 Avenue P 11223, (718) 375-6815
  • Coney Deli Grocery
    2803 Mermaid Ave 11224, (646) 641-7133
  • In & Out Deli & Grill
    2328 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 872-7210
  • DJ Deli
    2808 West 36th St 11224,
  • Fruit and Vegetables
    470 Avenue P 11223, (718) 339-2170
  • 86 Deli
    2637 86th St #1 11223, (718) 265-2540
  • Fine Fare Supermarket
    2901 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 266-7527
  • CVS
    494 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 996-2233
  • LQA Grocery II
    1602b Mermaid Ave 11224,
  • H & I Grocery
    2847 86th St 11223, (718) 372-6207
  • Big Apple Quality Fruit & Vegetable
    294 Kings Hwy 11223, (347) 312-4658
  • Mermaid 2 Deli
    3222 Mermaid Ave 11224, (347) 462-4827, (718) 373-3331
  • Universal Groceries
    156 Avenue U 11223,
  • Meats Supreme
    181 Avenue U 11223, (718) 372-4555
  • 7 & 7 Gourmet Deli
    2904 Stillwell Ave 11224, (347) 713-5361
  • H & H Grocery
    146 Highlawn Ave 11223, (718) 759-6466
  • Kings 7 Deli & Grocery
    268 Kings Hwy 11223, (347) 492-3257
  • Noel Deli & Grocery
    1890 W 6th St 11223, (718) 376-5619
  • Key Food Supermarket
    3485 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 372-7468
  • Adam's Deli On The Corner
    525 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 645-1480
  • Kosher Corner Supermarket Inc
    2055 McDonald Ave 11223, (718) 998-2400
  • Washington Cherry Inc
    3024 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 946-0885
  • Sanaa Deli
    1526 Mermaid Ave 11224,
  • Rite Aid
    344 Avenue X 11223, (718) 375-8257
  • 7-Eleven
    133 Avenue U 11223, (718) 449-1793
  • A & B Grocery
    353 Avenue S 11223,
  • West Grill & Deli Grocery
    1904 Mermaid Ave 11224,
  • Chalouh Market
    728 Avenue U 11223, (718) 627-7270
  • Rite Aid
    3001-27 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 373-2818
  • Maria's Beautiful Arrangements
    2402 Stillwell Ave 11223, (347) 492-6522
  • Avner Kosher Fish Market
    521 Kings Hwy 11223, (718) 645-3474
  • Hak Farmer Market
    167 Avenue U 11223, (347) 673-7144
  • Loy Wong Food Market
    312 Kings Hwy 11223,
  • C-Town
    237-243 Avenue U 11223, (718) 373-5100
  • Orels Food & Vegetables
    2339 Ocean Pkwy 11223,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    505 Neptune Ave 11224, (718) 714-6049
  • AKM Deli & Grocery
    387 Avenue X 11223,
  • Oceanside Pharmacy
    3206 Mermaid Ave 11224, (718) 996-4949
  • P & P Convenience
    2436 Stillwell Ave 11223, (718) 266-7421
  • Prime Cut
    431 Avenue U 11223, (718) 375-6328
  • Ocean Grocery & Deli
    631 Gravesend Neck Rd 11223, (718) 375-9450

PARKS IN CONEY ISLAND:

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 CONEY ISLAND:

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: 3/9/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 13: Coney Island.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 13: Coney Island, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Brighton Beach and Coney Island.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=313*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#14/40.5833/-73.9833
  3. “A Foodscape of Coney Island/Sheepshead Bay.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS210_2017-5.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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