Foodscape: Williamsburg/Greenpoint

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Williamsburg/Greenpoint 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 Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Northside, Southside and Williamsburg 

*All data from DATA2GO includes Greenpoint & Williamsburg 

Zip codes include: 11206, 11211, 11222, 11249

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 199,190 (2.33% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Greenpoint/Williamsburg and New York City (1)
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 26% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 5% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 61% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 6% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Greenpoint/Williamsburg Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 23%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 41%
    • 45-64 years: 17%
    • 65+ years: 9%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 82.2 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 24% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Greenpoint/Williamsburg to 25 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 4,230,546 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 16.8% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 0.8% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 23.8% 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: 17% (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): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 91% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 9% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 18% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 79% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 23% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 23% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 11% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 25% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: $71,248 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 15.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 4.0% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 27.1% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 9.6 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 17% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 17 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Greenpoint/Williamsburg: 66% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG 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)  

  • LDC of Broadway: 900 Broadway
  • Berry Street Garden: 303 Berry St
  • Hooper Grove: 375 S 5th St
  • Heckscher Foundation Children's Garden (Williamsburg Garden): 134 Scholes St
  • Ten Eyck Garden: 15-17 Ten Eyck St
  • 61 Franklin Street Garden: 61 Franklin St
  • Oko Farms Aquaponics Education Garden: 104 Moore St
  • Lentol Garden: 178 Bayard St
  • Sunshine Community Garden: 99-100 McKibben St
  • La Casita Verde Community Garden: 451 Bedford Ave
  • Northside Community Garden: 599 Driggs Ave
  • Green Dome: 229 N 12th St
  • Java Street Community Garden: 59 Java St
  • Olive Street Garden: 25 Olive St
  • Red Shed Garden: 264-266 Skillman Ave
  • Powers Street Garden: 276-278 Powers St
  • I.S. 318 - Project Roots: 110 Walton St
  • El Puente: Espiritu Tierra Community Garden - Earth Spirit: 203-207 S 2nd St
  • Keap Fourth Community Garden: 347 Keap St

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 257 John F. Hylan: 60 Cook St
  • PS 110 The Monitor: 124 Monitor St
  • PS 297 Abraham Stockton: 700 Park Ave
  • HS 561 Williamsburg Preparatory School: 257 N 6th St
  • PS 132 The Conselyea School: 320 Manhattan Ave
  • PS 368 I033K: 70 Tompkins Ave
  • PS 147 Isaac Remsen: 325 Bushwick Ave
  • PS 734 The Ethical Community Charter School (TECCS): 700 Park Ave
  • PS 145 Andrew Jackson: 100 Noll St
  • PS/MS 782 Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School: 82 Lewis Ave
  • PS 250 George H. Lindsay: 108 Montrose Ave
  • PS 31 Samuel F. Dupont: 75 Meserole Ave
  • HS 610 Automotive High School: 50 Bedford Ave
  • IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos: 101 Walton St
  • MS 126 John Ericsson Middle School 126: 424 Leonard St
  • PS 59 William Floyd: 211 Throop Ave
  • Bushwick United Day Care Center: 243 S 2nd St
  • PS 34 Oliver H. Perry: 131 Norman Ave
  • Tompkins Childrens Center: 730 Park Ave
  • Brighter Choice Community School: 280 Hart St
  • PS 16 Leonard Dunkly: 157 Wilson St
  • PS/MS 84 Jose De Diego: 250 Berry St
  • PS 373 Brooklyn Transition Center: 185 Ellery St
  • HS 454 Green School: An Academy for Environmental Careers: 223 Graham Ave
  • MS/HS 586 Lyons Community School: 223 Graham Ave

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG 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.

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG 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

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG 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. 

GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG 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 GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG:

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 GREENPOINT/WILLIAMSBURG:

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 1: Greenpoint and Williamsburg.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 1: Greenpoint and Williamsburg, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Greenpoint & Williamsburg.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=301*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 Greenpoint.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS201_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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