Foodscape: East New York/Starrett City

by NYC Food Policy Editor

East New York/Starrett City 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, City Line, Cypress Hills, East New York, New Lots, Spring Creek and Starrett City 

*All data from DATA2GO includes East New York and Starret City 

Zip codes include: 11207, 11208, 11239, 11259

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 181,300 (2.12% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of East New York/Starrett City and New York City (1)
    • East New York/Starrett City: 37% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • East New York/Starrett City: 52% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • East New York/Starrett City: 3% White | NYC: 32% White
    • East New York/Starrett City: 7% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • East New York/Starrett City: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • East New York/Starrett City Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 27%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • East New York/Starrett City: 79.1 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 36% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in East New York/Starrett City to 13 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 6,373,047 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • East New York/Starrett City: 21.9% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 33.8% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 48% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 15% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 36% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 76% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 24% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 31% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 70% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 35% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 25% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 34% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • East New York/Starrett City: $37,999 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 27.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 4.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 34% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 7.7 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 8% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 26 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • East New York/Starrett City: 70% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

EAST NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

EAST NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY 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)  

  • Jerry and the Senior Gents of E.N.Y.: 349 Schenck Ave
  • Sheffield Garden: 673 Sheffield Ave
  • Positive Seeds of Life Garden: 554 Snediker Ave
  • 400 Montauk Avenue Garden: 956 New Lots Ave
  • Shield of Faith: 79-85 Montauk Ave
  • Jerome Gardens: 447 Jerome St
  • TLC Sculpture Park Garden: 275 Glenmore Ave
  • Ashford Learning Garden: 341 Ashford St
  • Gregory's Garden (P.S. 158 Memorial Garden): 444 Warwick St
  • East End Community Garden: 260 Van Siclen Ave
  • Ying & Yang: 11329 Seaview Ave
  • Clara's Garden: 579 Glenmore Ave
  • Ashford Street Abundant Garden: 330 Ashford St
  • Georgia Avenue Community Garden: 328 New Lots Ave
  • Euclid / Pine Street Block Association Garden: 1308 Dumont Ave
  • St. John Cantius Parish Community Garden: 476 New Jersey Ave
  • UCC Youth Farm: 620 Schenck Ave
  • UCC 2 - Fresh Farm: 786 Livonia Ave
  • Upon This Rock Community Garden: 2556 Pitkin Ave
  • CAUSA Festival Garden: 790 Blake Ave
  • P.S. 4K - Paradise Garden: 676-696 Glenmore Ave
  • Hendrix Street Block Association Garden: 532 Hendrix St
  • Hands & Heart (New Lots Urban Farm): 290 New Lots Ave
  • Prophecy Garden: 43-69 Malta St
  • Oriental Garden: 326 Jerome St
  • Poppa & Momma Jones Historical Garden: 337 Van Siclen Ave
  • Williams Avenue Community Garden: 88 Williams Ave
  • Green Gems: 147 Fountain Ave
  • Family Community Garden Brooklyn: 793 Cleveland St
  • Big Red Garden Community Garden (William Byum): 436 Van Siclen Ave
  • Linwood Street Garden (Pagan's Garden): 580 Linwood St
  • Herbal Garden of East New York: 281 Schenck Ave
  • Artsy Bloom Community Garden: 716 Sutter Ave
  • Montauk Community Garden - Concerned Residents of Montauk Avenue: 214 Montauk Ave
  • Elton Street Block Association: 585 Elton St
  • Crystal Wells Block Association Community Garden: 35 Crystal St
  • Nehemiah Ten GreenThumb Block Association: 565 Barbey St
  • Floral Vineyard: 2379 Pitkin Ave
  • NYCHA - Pink - Pink's Paradise: Garden of Love: 1258 Loring Ave
  • Atkins Gardeners: 213 Atkins Ave
  • Go Vertical: 479 Milford St
  • Success Garden - East New York: 449-461 Williams Ave
  • Triple R (Rest, Reflection, Relaxation): 641 Hendrix St
  • Chestnut Street Garden: 9 Chestnut St
  • New Vision Garden: 590 Schenck Ave
  • Manley's Place: 2539 Pitkin Ave
  • Warwick Street Greenery Glow Garden: 601 Warwick St
  • Essex Street Community Garden: 3030 Fulton St
  • PS 53 Garden: 522 Bradford St
  • First Temple of David: 746 Dumont Ave
  • Euclid 500 Community Garden: 532 Euclid Ave
  • Good Shepherds Community Group: 555-557 Shepherd Ave
  • Highland Park Children's Garden: 400 Jamaica Ave

EAST NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 214 Michael Friedsam: 2944 Pitkin Ave
  • PS 36 @PS224: 755 Wortman Ave
  • Imagine Me Leadership Charter School: 818 Schenck Ave
  • PS/IS 89 Cypress Hills: 265 Warwick St
  • Van Siclen Community Middle School: 800 Van Siclen Ave
  • PS/IS 384 Frances E. Carter: 242 Cooper St
  • JHS 218 James P. Sinnott: 370 Fountain Ave
  • IS 562 Evergreen Middle School for Urban Exploration: 125 Covert St
  • PS 151 Lyndon B. Johnson: 763 Knickerbocker Ave
  • HS 618 Academy of Innovative Technology: 999 Jamaica Ave
  • PS 557 Brooklyn Gardens Elementary School: 574 Dumont Ave
  • HS 53 P53K@ Spring Creek: 1065 Elton St
  • PS 149 Danny Kaye: 700 Sutter Ave
  • IS 311 Essence School: 590 Sheffield Ave
  • East New York Family Academy: 145 Pennsylvania Ave
  • HS 659 Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School: 999 Jamaica Ave
  • PS 65 : 696 Jamaica Ave
  • PS 346 Abe Stark: 1400 Pennsylvania Ave
  • HS 510 World Academy for Total Community Health High School: 400 Pennsylvania Ave
  • PS/MS 202 Ernest S. Jenkyns: 982 Hegeman Ave
  • IS 171 Abraham Lincoln: 528 Ridgewood Ave
  • HS 292 Margaret S. Douglas: 301 Vermont St
  • PS 4 : 530 Stanley Ave
  • PS 007 Abraham Lincoln: 858 Jamaica Ave
  • IS 760 Highland Park Community School: 528 Ridgewood Ave
  • PS 36 : 2045 Linden Blvd
  • PS 158 Warwick: 400 Ashford St
  • East New York Elementary School of Excellence: 605 Shepherd Ave
  • PS 306 Ethan Allen: 970 Vermont St

EAST NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY 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 NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY 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 NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY 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 NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY 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 EAST NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY:

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 NEW YORK/STARRETT CITY:

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: 9/6/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 5: East New York and Starret City.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 5: East New York and Starret City, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: East New York and Starret City.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=305*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#13/40.6675/-73.8799
  3. “A Foodscape of East New York.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS204_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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