Foodscape: Crown Heights/Prospect Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Crown Heights/Prospect Heights 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 Crown Heights, Prospect Heights and Weeksvillec 

*All data from DATA2GO includes Crown Heights North and Prospect Heights 

Zip codes include: 11213, 11216, 11225, 11233, 11238

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 97,130 (1.14% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Crown Heights/Prospect Heights and New York City (1)
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 12% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 64% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 18% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 3% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 3% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 20%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 37%
    • 45-64 years: 22%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 80.2 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 30% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Crown Heights/Prospect Heights to 25 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 5,898,863 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 16.9% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 0.5% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 23.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 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): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 84% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 16% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 21% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 84% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 26% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 19% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 33% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: $52,917 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 21.1% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 4.6% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 26.9% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 8.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 45% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 27 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Crown Heights/Prospect Heights: 74% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS 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)  

  • Mama Dee's Community Garden: 1397 Bedford Ave
  • Walt L. Shamel Community Garden: 1095 Dean St
  • Union Street Garden and Community Development: 970 Union St
  • Westbrook Memorial Garden: 1233 Pacific St
  • 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden: 1107 Bergen St
  • Imani II Community Garden: 1680 Pacific St
  • Sh'ma Yisrael: 2084-90 Pacific St
  • Imani Community Garden (Schenectady): 87 Schenectady Ave
  • Eden’s Community Garden: 1123 St Marks Ave
  • Seasons of Vision Garden: 9-11 Rochester Ave
  • St. Mark's Avenue / Prospect Heights Community Garden: 207 St Marks Ave
  • Prospect Heights Community Farm: 252-256 St Marks Ave

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • HS 524 International High School at Prospect Heights: 883 Classon Ave
  • Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School : 251 Macdougal St
  • PS 599 Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School: 251 Mcdougal St
  • Charter 360 Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School: 1580 Dean St
  • MS/HS 590 Medgar Evers College Preparatory School: 1186 Carroll St
  • PS 705 Brooklyn Arts and Science Elementary School: 443 St Marks Ave
  • PS 396: 1025 Eastern Pkwy
  • PS 262 El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School: 500 Macon St
  • PS/IS 137 Rachel Jean Mitchell: 121 Saratoga Ave
  • PS 56 Lewis H. Latimer: 170 Gates Ave
  • Pre-K 664: 140 58th St
  • PS 628 Brooklyn Brownstone School: 272 Macdonough St
  • PS 9 Teunis G. Bergen (aka Sarah Smith Garnet): 80 Underhill Ave
  • Little Sun People: 1360 Fulton St
  • MS/HS 707 Brooklyn Prospect Charter School- Clinton Hill Middle School: 1100 Fulton St
  • PS 141 P141@MS35: 272 Macdonough St
  • PS 351 The Urban Assembly Unison School: 170 Gates Ave
  • Gotham Professional Arts Academy: 265 Ralph Ave
  • PS 5 Dr. Ronald Mcnair: 820 Hancock St
  • PS 3 The Bedford Village: 50 Jefferson Ave
  • PS 396 @289: 900 St Marks Ave
  • HS 646 Aspirations Diploma Plus High School: 1495 Herkimer St
  • CS 21 Crispus Attucks: 180 Chauncey St
  • PS 396 @532: 1025 Eastern Pkwy
  • PS 11 Purvis J. Behan: 419 Waverly Ave
  • HS 575 Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School: 832 Marcy Ave
  • PS 368 @ Brooklyn Children Ctr.: 1819 Bergen St
  • PS 221 Toussaint L'Ouverture: 791 Empire Blvd
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Complex/Referral Center: 832 Marcy Ave
  • PS 40 George W. Carver: 265 Ralph Ave
  • P.S. 73: 241 Macdougal St
  • PS 243K The Weeksville School: 1580 Dean St
  • PS 12 Dr. Jacqueline Peek-Davis School: 430 Howard Ave
  • PS 178 Saint Clair Mckelway: 2163 Dean St
  • MS 522 Mott Hall IV: 1137 Herkimer St
  • PS 241 Emma L. Johnston: 976 President St
  • HS 753 School for Career Development: 510 Clermont Ave
  • MS 484 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II: 430 Howard Ave
  • HS 455 Boys and Girls High School: 1700 Fulton St
  • PS 316 Elijah Stroud: 750 Classon Ave
  • MS/HS 644 Eagle Academy for Young Men II: 1137 Herkimer St
  • PS 140: 141 Macon St

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS 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.

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS 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

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS 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. 

CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS 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 CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS:

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 CROWN HEIGHTS/PROSPECT HEIGHTS:

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: 4/10/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 8: Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 8: Crown Heights and Prospect Heights, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Crown Heights North & Prospect Heights.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=308*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~working_poor_cd_421~life_expectancy_puma_562~sch_enrol_cd_112~high_cost_h_cd_216~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#
  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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