Foodscape: Flatbush/Midwood

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Flatbush/Midwood 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 Ditmas Park, Flatbush, Manhattan Terrace, Midwood, Ocean Parkway and Prospect Park South 

Zip codes include: 11210, 11226, 11230

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 165,543 (1.94% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Flatbush/Midwood and New York City (1)
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 15% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 35% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 37% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 11% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Flatbush/Midwood Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 25%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 29%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 13%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 82.6 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 43% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Flatbush/Midwood to 21 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 5,873,204 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 15.3% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 24.7% 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): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 80% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 20% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 26% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 77% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 28% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 21% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 31% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Flatbush/Midwood: $55,569 (2) | NYC: $73,277 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 20.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 4.3% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 33.5% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 7.5 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 16% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 26 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Flatbush/Midwood: 69% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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.

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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)  

  • Q Gardens Community Farm: 69 E 18th St
  • Rogers/Tilden/Veronica Place Garden: 2601 Tilden Ave

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • MS 2 Parkside Preparatory Academy: 655 Parkside Ave
  • PS 139 Alexine A. Fenty: 330 Rugby Rd
  • HS 525 Edward R. Murrow High School: 1600 Avenue L
  • HS 537 High School for Youth and Community Development at Erasmus: 911 Flatbush Ave
  • PS 6 : 43 Snyder Ave
  • PS 119 Amersfort: 3829 Avenue K
  • PS 141 @ MS 002: 655 Parkside Ave
  • PS 197 The Kings Highway Academy: 1599 E 22nd St
  • PS 152 School of Science & Technology: 725 E 23rd St
  • PS 36 PS36K @ Flatbush Town Hall: 35 Snyder Ave
  • St. Mark's Head Start & UPK: 2017 Beverly Rd
  • PS 217 Colonel David Marcus School: 1100 Newkirk Ave
  • Magnet School of STEM/Andries Hudde: 2500 Nostrand Ave
  • Academy of Hospitality and Tourism: 911 Flatbush Ave
  • MS/HS 382 Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration: A College Board School: 911 Flatbush Ave
  • HS 405 Midwood High School: 2839 Bedford Ave
  • PS 199 Frederick Wachtel: 1100 Elm Ave
  • PS 141: 655 Parkside Ave
  • PS 249 The Caton: 18 Marlborough Rd
  • MS 246 Walt Whitman: 72 Veronica Pl

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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.

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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. 

FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD 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 FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD:

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 FLATBUSH/MIDWOOD:

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: 3/23/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 14: Flatbush and Midwood.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 14: Flatbush and Midwood, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Flatbush & Midwood.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=314*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~working_poor_cd_421~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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