Foodscape: East Flatbush

by NYC Food Policy Editor

East Flatbush 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 East Flatbush, Eramus, Farragut, Northeast Flatbush, Remsen Village and Rugby

*All data from DATA2GO includes East Flatbush, Farragut, and Rugby 

Zip codes include: 11203

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 154,575 (1.81% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of East Flatbush and New York City (1)
    • East Flatbush: 7% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • East Flatbush: 88% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • East Flatbush: 1% White | NYC: 32% White
    • East Flatbush: 1% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • East Flatbush: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • East Flatbush Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 21%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 28%
    • 65+ years: 15%
  • Life Expectancy
    • East Flatbush: 84.6 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • East Flatbush: 53% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in East Flatbush to 21 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 6,616,561 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • East Flatbush: 25% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • East Flatbush: 0.4% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • East Flatbush: 23.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Flatbush (Zipcodes 11203, 11210, 11225, 11226)
      • 5 minutes or less: 53% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 21% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 23% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 80% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • East Flatbush: 20% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 32% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 83% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 34% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • East Flatbush: 22% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 15% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 36% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • East Flatbush: $60,605 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • East Flatbush: 17.1% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • East Flatbush: 5.2% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • East Flatbush: 35.6% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • East Flatbush: 7.8 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • East Flatbush: 10% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • East Flatbush: 26 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • East Flatbush: 73% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

EAST FLATBUSH 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.

EAST FLATBUSH GREENTHUMB GARDENS:

There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. There are no GreenThumb gardens in East Flatbush. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

EAST FLATBUSH SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 208 Elsa Ebeling: 4801 Avenue D
  • PS 736 New American Academy Charter School: 5800 Tilden Ave
  • HS 546 High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow: 600 Kingston Ave
  • PS/IS 109 : 1001 E 45th St
  • HS 745 Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts: 600 Kingston Ave
  • PS 396 @181: 1023 New York Ave
  • HS 544 International Arts Business School: 600 Kingston Ave
  • HS 569 Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School: 5800 Tilden Ave
  • HS 533 School for Democracy and Leadership: 600 Kingston Ave
  • HS 531 School for Human Rights: 600 Kingston Ave
  • PS 235 Janice Marie Knight School: 525 Lenox Rd
  • PS 135 Sheldon A. Brookner: 684 Linden Blvd

EAST FLATBUSH 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.

EAST FLATBUSH 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

EAST FLATBUSH WIC SITES:

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

EAST FLATBUSH 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. 

EAST FLATBUSH 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.

  • Santos Deli Grocery
    5612 Church Ave 11203, (718) 975-0313
  • Cuevas Grocery
    940 Utica Ave 11203,
  • New Best Utica Market
    890 Utica Ave 11203, (646) 479-8340
  • New J&T Grocery Deli Corp
    438 Troy Ave 11203, (347) 318-3600
  • East New York Deli & Grocery
    690 E New York Ave 11203, (347) 529-7735
  • Lewis Meat Market
    4019 Church Ave 11203, (718) 693-4096
  • JS Church Farm
    4724 Church Ave 11203,
  • Met Foodmarkets
    1086 Brooklyn Ave 11203, (718) 693-3790
  • New York 7 Deli
    586 New York Ave 11203, (347) 533-9044
  • C & C Food Vegetables & Grocery
    4200 Avenue D 11203,
  • Caribbean Supermarket
    741 Utica Ave #3411 11203, (929) 234-3111
  • Emilio Deli Grocery
    878 Troy Ave 11203,
  • Rite Aid
    4102 Church Ave 11203, (718) 940-1579
  • 7-Eleven
    1163 Utica Ave 11203,
  • KANZ Deli
    510 Clarkson Ave 11203, (718) 493-1071
  • King's Deli & Grill Corp.
    592 Albany Ave 11203, (718) 773-7023
  • Zait's Grocery Deli
    3323 Church Ave 11203, (718) 282-1564
  • Shop Fair Supermarket
    4121 Church Ave 11203, (718) 856-5677
  • Ideal Food Basket
    4806 Church Ave 11203, (718) 284-9333
  • AFB Crown Heights Int. Food Plaza
    840 E New York Ave 11203, (718) 221-0113
  • Song's Fruit Market
    848 Utica Ave 11203, (718) 940-8396
  • 5401 Gourmet Deli Grocery
    5401 Church Ave 11203,
  • Victor Grocery
    4408 Church Ave 11203,
  • Star 1 Deli & Grocery
    838 Clarkson Ave 11203,
  • PD S Mario Deli Grocery
    567 Lefferts Ave 11203, (718) 735-0420
  • Daddy Food Market
    5213 Avenue D 11203,
  • Marab Deli & Grocery
    504 Clarkson Ave 11203,
  • CTown Supermarkets
    5311 Church Ave 11203, (718) 346-4375
  • Raffy's Super Deli Grocery
    854 E New York Ave 11203, (718) 774-1086
  • Troy Deli
    4321 Church Ave 11203,
  • Walgreens
    506-528 Utica Ave 11203, (718) 604-1323
  • Navy Blue Fish Market
    5024 Church Ave 11203, (718) 345-2833
  • H & W Gourmet Deli
    3423 Church Ave 11203, (718) 282-2556
  • Princess Deli & Grocery
    3723 Church Ave 11203,
  • Albany Candy Grocery
    519 Albany Ave 11203, (718) 363-0624
  • Walgreens
    5001 Church Ave 11203, (347) 557-0959
  • 99c Supermarket
    E 49th St 11203,
  • Family Dollar
    887 E New York Ave 11203, (718) 312-6993
  • Chambord Desserts
    4302 Farragut Rd 11203, (718) 859-1110
  • New Town Deli
    4323 Avenue D 11203,
  • Gourmet Deli
    519 Utica Ave 11203,
  • Carl Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
    588 Albany Ave 11203,

PARKS IN EAST FLATBUSH:

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 EAST FLATBUSH:

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: 12/22/2020

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 17: East Flatbush.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 17: East Flatbush, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: East Flatbush, Farragut & Rugby.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=317*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~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. “A Foodscape of Flatbush.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS207_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 – Brooklyn.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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