Foodscape: Jackson Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Jackson Heights 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 Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and North Corona 

*All data from DATA2GO includes Jackson Heights and North Corona 

Zip codes include: 11369, 11370, 11371, 11372

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 179,844 (2.11% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Jackson Heights and New York City (1)
    • Jackson Heights: 64% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Jackson Heights: 6% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Jackson Heights: 11% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Jackson Heights: 18% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Jackson Heights: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Jackson Heights Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 22%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 32%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Jackson Heights: 85.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Jackson Heights: 60% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Jackson Heights to 17 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,715,853 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Jackson Heights: 6.1% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Jackson Heights: 1.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Jackson Heights: 17.5% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from West Queens (Zipcodes 11368, 11369, 11370, 11372, 11373, 11377, 11378)
      • 5 minutes or less: 42% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 26% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 32% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 86% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Jackson Heights: 14% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 25% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 72% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 20% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Jackson Heights: 26% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 29% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Jackson Heights: $55,852 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Jackson Heights: 14.8% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Jackson Heights: 3.5% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Jackson Heights: 34.5% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Jackson Heights: 7.3 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Jackson Heights: 11% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Jackson Heights: 20 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 72% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

JACKSON HEIGHTS 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)  

  • McIntosh Neighborhood Association Garden: 25-19 100th St

JACKSON HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 149 Christa Mcauliffe: 93-11 34th Ave
  • IS 230: 73-10 34th Ave
  • PS 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts: 32-63 93rd St
  • IS 227 Louis Armstrong: 32-02 Junction Blvd
  • PS 127 The Aerospace and Science Academy: 98-01 25th Ave
  • PS 280 : 34-20 94th St
  • Charter 705 Renaissance Charter School: 35-59 81st St
  • IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer: 33-34 80th St
  • East Elmhurst Community School: 26-25 97th St
  • PS 69 Jackson Heights: 77-02 37th Ave

JACKSON HEIGHTS 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.

JACKSON HEIGHTS 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

JACKSON HEIGHTS 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. 

JACKSON HEIGHTS 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.

  • CVS
    89 11 Northern Blvd 11372, (718) 426-2508
  • Cannelle Patisserie
    7559 31st Ave 11370, (718) 565-6200
  • The Lemon Farm
    77-19 37th Ave 11372, (718) 779-0500
  • Jak's Corner
    73 37th Rd #2 11372, (718) 898-0097
  • Apna Bazar Farmers Market
    72-30 37th Ave 11372,
  • Zibber Food Grocery Co.
    8920 Northern Blvd 11372,
  • Bryanna Deli and Grocery
    82-20 31st Ave 11370, (718) 565-2195
  • El Molino Supermarket
    94-15 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (347) 455-3462
  • Anjali Deli Grocery
    10223 29th Ave 11369,
  • San Antonio Farm & Grocery Inc.
    85-25 37th Ave 11372, (347) 808-7368
  • El Patron Mini Market Corp.
    3205 Junction Blvd 11369,
  • Delicias Caleñas
    9541 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (718) 507-0414
  • Duane Reade
    3766 82nd St 11372, (718) 507-8056
  • Apna Bazaar Cash & Carry
    7220 37th Ave 11372, (718) 565-5960
  • California Fruit
    8004 37th Ave 11372, (718) 651-5922
  • Wholesale Halal Meat
    7060 Broadway 11372, (718) 786-3600
  • Trade Fair Supermarket
    79-14 21st Ave 11370, (718) 545-2754
  • 7-Eleven
    79-01 Northern Blvd 11372, (718) 899-6970
  • Duane Reade
    7301 37th Ave 11372, (718) 672-8038
  • Diaz Grocery Store
    9713 Astoria Blvd 11369,
  • Megna Grocery & Halal Meat
    74-18 37th Ave 11372,
  • Top Deli Grocery
    95-12 35th Ave 11372, (347) 612-4847
  • Rite Aid
    82-13 37th Ave 11372, (718) 565-1473
  • Ma News Grocery
    79-23 Northern Blvd 11372, (347) 701-4571
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    77-55 31st Ave 11370, (718) 651-6013
  • Food Dynasty
    75-07 37th Ave 11372, (718) 779-2077
  • Mina Bazar Supermarket
    7112 35th Ave 11372, (718) 639-6462
  • K & L Delicatessen
    76-01 37th Ave 11372, (718) 779-0506
  • Trade Fair Supermarket
    99-10 Astoria Blvd 11369, (718) 424-7358
  • KMB Deli
    88-21 31st Ave 11369,
  • Downtown Natural Market
    35-98 35-0 84th St 11372, (718) 282-0110
  • Dl Deli Grocery
    91-19 31st Ave 11369, (718) 651-2322
  • Ferreira Foodtown of Jackson Heights
    76-10 37th Ave 11372, (718) 424-1889
  • Stop 1 Grocery
    23-34 94th St 11369, (718) 446-0850
  • 7 Star Deli Grocery
    89-02 Northern Blvd 11372,
  • Trade Fair Supermarket
    89-02 37th Ave 11372, (718) 533-0844
  • N & R Delicatessen
    77-19 25th Ave 11370, (718) 899-2444
  • Bravo Supermarkets
    90-30 Roosevelt Ave 11372,
  • MJ Deli Inc
    8010 37th Ave 11372, (718) 779-7400
  • Portuguese Live Poultry Market
    3254 111th St 11369, (718) 424-9032
  • Reyes Grocery Store Corporation
    3229 Junction Blvd 11369, (718) 457-3902
  • Charles Farm
    37-61 90th St 11372,
  • Growing Farm
    76-21 37th Ave 11372, (718) 457-6148
  • El Nuevo Amanecer Deli
    34-43 Junction Blvd 11372, (347) 242-3446
  • International Deli Grocery Inc
    94-11 Astoria Blvd 11369, (718) 899-1677
  • New York Food Market
    95-30 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (718) 457-6961
  • Food Bazaar Supermarket
    34-20 Junction Blvd 11372, (718) 565-2544
  • Rite Aid
    85-10 Northern Blvd 11372, (718) 476-3087
  • 37 Grocery Deli
    9001 37th Ave 11372, (718) 803-2520
  • Shah's Deli
    74-05 37th Ave 11372, (718) 779-2656
  • Danny's Deli & Grocery
    97-01 23rd Ave 11369, (718) 429-7763
  • NYC Food Mart
    81-06 37th Ave 11372,
  • Nick's Gourmet Deli
    74-15 Ditmars Blvd 11370, (718) 278-8338
  • 7-Eleven
    37 Laguardia Airport 11371, (718) 803-1418
  • D & S Airport Delicatessen
    8420 Astoria Blvd 11370 11370, (718) 672-8584
  • New York Deli Grocery
    76-01 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (718) 899-5806
  • Mexican Deli Allende
    87-17 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (718) 424-4478
  • Mehboob Grocery
    37 83rd St 11372, (718) 458-0055
  • Patel Brothers
    37-25 74th St 11372, (718) 898-3445
  • Walgreens
    9312 Astoria Blvd 11369, (718) 426-3455
  • Foodtown
    3695 76th St 11372,
  • 7-Eleven
    7814 Roosevelt Ave 11372,
  • El Popo Mini Market
    88-28 Roosevelt Ave 11372, (718) 651-7174
  • Zibber Food
    89-20 Northern Blvd 11372,
  • S Grocery
    8618 37th Ave 11372,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    86-02 Northern Blvd 11372, (718) 457-3505
  • Country Boy Deli & Grocery
    97-10 32nd Ave 11369, (718) 898-6489

PARKS IN JACKSON HEIGHTS:

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:

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 3: Jackson Heights.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 3: Jackson Heights, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Jackson Heights and North Corona.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=403*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~working_poor_cd_421~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#14/40.7592/-73.8760
  3. “A Foodscape of West Queens.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS402_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 – Queens.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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