Foodscape: Greenwich Village and Soho

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Greenwich Village and Soho 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 Greenwich Village, Hudson Square, Little Italy, Noho, Soho, South Village and West Village

*All data from DATA2GO includes Greenwich Village and Soho

Zip codes include: 10003, 10011, 10012, 10013, 10014

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 91,638 (1.07% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Greenwich Village and Soho and New York City (1)
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 6.1% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 2% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 74.7% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 14.1% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 3.2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Greenwich Village and Soho Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 9%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 42%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 15%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 86.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 24% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Greenwich Village and Soho to 7 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,929,871 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 9% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 0.9% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 4.9% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 74% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 11% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 15% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 96% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 4% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 8% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 91% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 4% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 5% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 3% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 15% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: $140,213 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 7.9% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 2.9% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 19.6% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 9.5 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 31% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 9 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Greenwich Village and Soho: 90% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO 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)  

  • Jane Street Garden: 36-40 Jane St
  • LaGuardia Corner Community Garden: 511 LaGuardia Pl

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 721 Manhattan Occupational Training Center: 250 W Houston St
  • PS 30 Hernandez/Hughes: 144-176 E 128th St
  • PS 138 : 144-176 E 128th St
  • ABC Echo Park Early Childhood Center: 1841 Park Ave
  • Charter 341 Harlem Renaissance : 2005 Madison Ave
  • HS 437 Hudson High School of Learning Technologies: 351 W 18th St
  • PS 37 River East Elementary: 508 E 120th St
  • PS 3 John Melser Charrette School: 490 Hudson St (at Grove St)
  • PS 206 Jose Celso Barbosa: 508 E 120th St
  • PS 150 Tribeca Learning Center: 334 Greenwich St
  • PS 89 Liberty High School Academy for Newcomers: 250 W 18th St
  • PS/MS 7 Samuel Stern: 160 E 120th St
  • HS 376 NYC iSchool: 131 Avenue Of The Americas
  • Harlem Village Academy Leadership Charter School: 2351 1st Ave
  • PS 7 Global Tech Prep: 120th St & Lexington Ave
  • Quest to Learn: 351 W 18th St
  • Grace Church School-High School: 46 Cooper Square
  • PS 79 Horan School: 55 E 120th St
  • PS 751 Manhattan School for Career Development Preparatory (MSCD): 113 E 4th St
  • HS 285 Harlem Renaissance High School: 22 E 128th St
  • HS 560 High School M560 - City As School: 16 Clarkson St
  • PS 11 William T. Harris: 320 W 21st St
  • MS/HS 407 Institute for Collaborative Education: 345 E 15th St

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO 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.

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO 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

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO 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. 

GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO 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 GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO:

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 GREENWICH VILLAGE/SOHO:

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: 5/11/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 2: Greenwich Village and Soho.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 2: Greenwich Village and Soho, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Greenwich Village & Soho.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=102*36047015900*food_insecure_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~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#.
  3. “A Foodscape of Chelsea/Greenwich Village.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS306308_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 – Manhattan.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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