Foodscape: Flatlands/Canarsie

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Flatlands/Canarsie 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 Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Flatlands, Georgetown, Marine Park and Mill Basin

Zip codes include: 11210, 11234, 11236

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 195,264 (2.29% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Flatlands/Canarsie and New York City (1)
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 8% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 59% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 26% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 5% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Flatlands/Canarsie Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 23%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 27%
    • 45-64 years: 28%
    • 65+ years: 13%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 83.5 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 41% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Flatlands/Canarsie to bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 7,243,599 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 18% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 0.5% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 15.8% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 32% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 18% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 44% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 85% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 15% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 23% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 89% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 30% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 21% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 37% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: $81,437 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 11% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 4.9% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 28.5% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 7.1 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 5% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 20 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Flatlands/Canarsie: 80% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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.

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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)  

  • Ponderosa Garden: 664 E 105th St
  • Canarsie Neighborhood: 9299 Schenck St
  • Serenity Community Garden: 4402 Avenue L

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE SCHOOL GARDENS:

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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.

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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. 

FLATLANDS/CANARSIE 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.

  • Fruit & Vegetable Supreme
    1099 E 56th St 11234, (718) 763-5554
  • Dollar Tree
    2120 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 306-5440
  • Dollar General
    2027 Utica Ave 11234, (347) 991-5360
  • La Flor de Atlixco II Deli & Grocery
    2440 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 928-7964
  • Canarsie Meat Market
    1435 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 272-0772
  • Nostrand Market Corp
    2022 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 942-4199
  • Evelyn Grocery
    1020 E 92nd St 11236, (718) 257-3935
  • Mill Basin Convenience
    6001 Strickland Ave 11234,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    1804 Ralph Ave 11236, (718) 444-4385
  • 7-Eleven
    2247 Utica Ave 11234, (718) 692-0099
  • Ideal Food Basket
    1871 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 531-0205
  • SAA Deli Grocery
    9401 Avenue L 11236, (718) 272-1570
  • CVS
    4901 Kings Hwy 11234, (718) 252-3791
  • Key Food Supermarket
    2326 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 253-8152
  • Bismillah Meat & Grocery
    1964 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 676-2777
  • Stop 1 Deli & Grocery
    1705 Ralph Ave 11236, (718) 763-0421
  • Food Universe
    2424 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 758-1289
  • CC Food
    1853 Flatbush Ave 11210, (347) 254-4216
  • Key Food Supermarket
    2066 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 968-1820
  • Glenwood Deli
    2816 Glenwood Rd 11210,
  • Brooklyn Fresh Market
    6214 Avenue U 11234,
  • Saborcito Puebla Deli Grocery
    4016 Glenwood Rd 11210, (718) 859-2948
  • San Diego Deli and Grocery
    4023 Glenwood Rd 11210, (347) 405-7420
  • Fine Fare Supermarket
    1498 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 434-3136
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    2424 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 758-1289
  • Ideal Food Basket
    1967 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 377-4302
  • Avenue N Deli Corporation
    6309 Ave N 11234, (347) 462-9064
  • South Shore Finest Deli
    5910 Glenwood Rd 11234, (347) 371-9069
  • Star's Mini Market
    5002 Avenue M 11234, (718) 377-0797
  • Golden Gate Fruit Market
    2080 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 377-2581
  • 99 Cents Town
    1940 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 859-6633
  • Golden Vegetable & Grocery A
    1819 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 258-0240
  • Rite Aid
    2577 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 258-1812
  • Gitto Farmer's Market
    38 N Market St 11236, (718) 209-4587
  • DK Fish Market
    2921 Glenwood Rd 11210, (718) 434-2038
  • Avenue B Grocery
    9010 Avenue B 11236, (718) 342-6730
  • Walgreens
    1847 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 251-0426
  • 7-Eleven
    10504 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 257-1858
  • Dollar General
    4118 Farragut Rd 11210, (347) 916-3555
  • Mill Basin Shuk
    6324 Ave N 11234, (718) 241-5600
  • Fillmore Deli Inc
    2274 Flatbush Ave 11234,
  • Rite Aid
    7812 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 531-5023
  • 7Pearls Deights, Inc.
    Schenck St 11236, (917) 748-4414
  • La Baguette Shop
    1836 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 758-4330, (718) 468-2525
  • Mauers Super Deli
    3103 Quentin Rd 11234, (718) 375-8481
  • Walgreens
    2325 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 951-0518
  • Tonys Health Food
    2923 Glenwood Rd 11210, (718) 859-1138
  • Rite Aid
    1791 Utica Ave 11234, (718) 241-3559
  • 99 Cents
    7900 Flatlands Ave 11236,
  • Deli & Grocery
    Clarendon Rd 11236,
  • Terminal Produce Corporation
    4 Brooklyn Terminal Market 11236, (718) 251-1842
  • Yellow Market
    5812 Glenwood Rd 11234, (718) 251-3974
  • Seatide Gourmet
    5914 Avenue N 11234, (718) 209-3474
  • CVS
    10204 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 257-1099
  • Dora Grocery
    4104 Avenue J 11210, (718) 253-9550
  • Big Boyz Deli
    9102-9104 Flatlands Ave 11236, (347) 295-0595
  • Marine Park Deli & Grocery
    3509 Avenue S 11234,
  • N & A Superette
    1595 Canarsie Rd 11236, (718) 241-1034
  • Utica Deli & Grill
    1786 Utica Ave 11234, (718) 484-9228
  • King Rockaway Parkway
    1938 Rockaway Pkway 11236, (347) 462-3820
  • Canarsie Fruits & Vegetables Mini Market
    1418 Rockaway Pkwy 11236,
  • 1310 Caribbean Deli
    1310 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 421-9000
  • Kim's Family Farm
    8027 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 763-9330
  • W & Fam Deli Grocery
    1585 Flatbush Ave 11210, (347) 955-4636
  • Viva Deli
    5601 Avenue L 11234, (718) 251-6498
  • H & H Mini Mart
    1830 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 377-5900
  • Elaine's Avenue M Deli
    2924 Avenue M 11210, (718) 377-7207
  • Super Fresh Deli & Grocery
    2230 Troy Ave 11234,
  • Canarsie Market II
    1420 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (718) 272-1437
  • Island Fish Market
    2116 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 434-0424
  • Milky Way Grocery
    1669 Ralph Ave 11236, (718) 444-1045
  • 7 Stars Gourmet Deli & Grill
    5402 Ave N 11234, (718) 513-0877
  • RJM Mini Market
    1422 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 434-6549
  • Song's Grocery
    5401 Avenue T 11234, (718) 377-0023
  • Good Food for Less
    412 E 83rd St 11236, (718) 209-1562
  • Ravioli & Meat Market
    5223 Avenue N 11234, (718) 258-1002
  • Smiley Mini Market
    8811 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 257-0112
  • 7-Eleven
    2474 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 252-0549
  • Mill Basin Stop
    6122 Avenue U 11234, (718) 763-3922
  • Fairway Market Georgetown
    2149 Ralph Ave 11234,
  • Asmax Food
    7721 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 444-4110
  • Foodtown of Ralph Avenue
    1958-66 Ralph Ave 11234, (718) 531-8506
  • Go Express Deli
    8311 Flatlands Ave 11236, (347) 462-4429
  • Gloria Coffee Shop
    1828 Schenectady Ave 11234,
  • Walgreens
    5716 Avenue U 11234, (718) 252-6350
  • Lucky Family Deli Grocery
    2206A Flatbush Ave 11234,
  • CVS
    2320 Ralph Ave 11234, (718) 209-8121
  • CVS
    4112 Avenue U 11234, (718) 253-0200
  • Key Food Supermarket
    5101 Ave N 11234, (718) 377-9112
  • Walgreens
    4915 Flatlands Ave 11234, (347) 856-5852
  • Star 70 Gourmet Deli
    5402 Avenue N 11234, (718) 513-0877
  • Alia Deli & Grocery Inc
    9128 Avenue L 11236,
  • 34 Grocery Store
    3323 Avenue H 11210,
  • Glenwood Mini Mart
    5513-15 Glenwood Rd 11234, (718) 251-7443
  • Food World Supermarket
    935 E 107th St 11236, (718) 566-2999
  • Lucky Seven Deli
    2062 Flatbush Ave 11234, (718) 677-8367
  • Tu Bohio Grocery
    1710 Utica Ave 11234,
  • Flatlands Deli
    911 E 107th St 11236, (718) 257-5041
  • Rocks Deli Grocery
    1597 Rockaway Pkwy 11236,
  • Duane Reade
    2265 Ralph Ave 11234, (718) 241-3700
  • BJ's Wholesale
    900 Remsen Ave 11236, (718) 249-1311
  • Sky Deli
    2112 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 421-3242
  • Alyafai Discount Grocery Corp.
    8109 Flatlands Ave 11236,
  • Brothers Deli II
    669 E 98th St 11236, (718) 345-5047
  • New Food Mart
    2559 Nostrand Ave 11210,
  • Fish Market Corp
    9101 Avenue L 11236, (347) 922-7461
  • Supermarket Of Ave N inc
    3524 Flatlands Ave 11234, (718) 377-3377
  • 7-Eleven
    1970 Ralph Ave 11234,
  • Rockaway Gourmet Deli
    9627 Farragut Rd 11236, (347) 240-5960
  • 7 Days Deli Grocery Inc
    9201 Foster Ave 11236, (718) 257-4393
  • Key Food Supermarket
    6620 Avenue U 11234, (718) 968-0200
  • 7-Eleven
    105-04 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 257-1858
  • New Best Fruit Market
    1530 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 434-4856
  • Quentin Dairy & Deli
    3420 Quentin Rd 11234,
  • 8404 Grocery
    8404 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 942-4090
  • Searock Grocery & Deli Corporation
    9704 Seaview Ave 11236,
  • T & K Deli & Grocery
    3711 Flatlands Ave 11234, (347) 922-7181
  • Rite Aid
    9738 Seaview Ave 11236, (718) 968-1584
  • Aden Supermarket
    10404 Flatlands Ave 11236, (718) 649-0423
  • Walgreens
    1559 Flatbush Ave 11210, (718) 434-5755
  • Avenue H Deli
    4924 Avenue H 11234,
  • Sarah 99¢ & Up Discount
    E 104th St 11236,
  • Best 99 NY
    1800 Flatbush Ave 11210, (347) 492-7634
  • West Indian Direct
    4207 Avenue J 11210, (718) 338-3456
  • Avenue L Mini Mart
    8702 Avenue L 11236,
  • Schwartz
    3008 Avenue L 11210, (718) 951-8575
  • M & Y Express Deli Corporation
    9202 Avenue M 11236,
  • Rite Aid
    2064 Mill Ave 11234, (718) 531-0408
  • J & W Supermarket
    9004 Avenue A 11236,
  • Dollar Tree
    1701 Utica Ave 11234, (718) 306-5369
  • Willys Deli
    1356 Rockaway Pkwy 11236, (347) 254-6666
  • Shop Smart Kosher Supermarket
    2640 Nostrand Ave 11210, (718) 377-4166

PARKS IN FLATLANDS/CANARSIE:

To ensure the below businesses and organizations are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 1/19/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 18: Flatlands and Canarsie.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 18: Flatlands and Canarsie 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Canarsie & Flatland.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=111*36047015900*meal_gap_puma!undefined!ns*!other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~sch_enrol_cd_112~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~median_household_income_puma_397~median_personal_earnings_puma_400~dis_y_perc_puma_102~poverty_ceo_cd_417~unemployment_cd_408~pre_k_cd_107!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#12/40.8086/-73.9294.
  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 Flatlands/Canarsie.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS303_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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