Foodscape: Jackson Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Jackson Heights Foodscape

Queens Community District 3

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.

The NYC Foodscape Reports were published in 2020 and are continually updated every six months. Data in the Foodscape Reports is collected from multiple primary sources to ensure the most up-to-date statistics for each indicator. Learn more about organizations and resources highlighted in the Foodscape Reports by visiting the Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides as well as the Food Policy and Practice Database. Together, these three resources provide a comprehensive food-related guide to each New York City neighborhood. 

Zip codes include: 11369, 11370, 11371, 11372

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 179,134 (2.11% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Jackson Heights and New York City (2)
    • Jackson Heights: 64% Latino | NYC: 29.2% Latino
    • Jackson Heights: 6% Black | NYC: 21.7% Black
    • Jackson Heights: 11% White | NYC: 31.8% White
    • Jackson Heights: 18% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 14.1% Asian
    • Jackson Heights: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Jackson Heights Population by Age: (3)
    • 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% (2) | NYC: 36.8% (2)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Jackson Heights to 17 bodegas (2)
  • 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)

HEALTH BEHAVIORS:

  • 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% (2) | NYC: 23% (2)
  • No Physical Activity in the Last 30 Days:
    • Jackson Heights: 28% of adults (2) | NYC: 27.1% of adults (2)
  • Binge Drinking
    • Jackson Heights: 15% (2) | NYC: 17.4% (2)
  • Smokers
    • Jackson Heights: 13% (2) | NYC: 13.9% (2)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 72% (2) | NYC: 78% (2)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 20% (2) | NYC: 24% (2)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Jackson Heights: 26% (3) | NYC: 20% (3)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 13% (2) | NYC: 11% (2)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Jackson Heights: 29% (3) | NYC: 28% (3)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Jackson Heights: $55,852 (2) | NYC: $60,879 (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 (Extreme Housing Burden includes households spending more than 50% of income on housing):
    • Jackson Heights: 34.5% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)
  • Rent Burden (households that spend 35% or more of their income on rent)
    • Jackson Heights: 52.7% (5) | NYC: 44.2% (5)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Jackson Heights: 7.3 (2) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (2)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Jackson Heights: 11% (3) | New York City-wide: 10% (3)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Jackson Heights: 20 (3) | New York City-wide: 23 (3)
  • Percent of Land Used for Public Parks, Open Space, and Recreation:
    • Jackson Heights: 3.7% (2) | New York City-wide: 24.7% (2)

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. (4)  

  • The Julia Gabriel People's Garden: 1039 Amsterdam Ave

JACKSON HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • IS 145 Joseph Pulitzer: 33-34 80 St
  • 329 East Elmhurst Community School: 231-02 67th Ave
  • PS 127 The Aerospace and Science Academy: 98-01 25 Ave
  • PS 280 : 74-03 Commonwealth Boulevard
  • PS 069 Jackson Heights: 77-02 37 Ave
  • PS 149 Christa Mcauliffe: 93-11 34 Ave
  • IS 230 : 73-10 34 Ave
  • PS 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts: 32-63 93 St
  • PS 212 : 34-25 82 St
  • Charter 705 Renaissance Charter School: 35-59 81St St
  • IS 227 Louis Armstrong: 32-02 Junction Boulevard

JACKSON HEIGHTS FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides

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.

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:

Data is updated on a continuous basis in collaboration with the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center’s Neighborhood Food Resource Guides. This list below includes all retail food stores within the neighborhood from the New York State Retail Food Store Open Data and a Google Maps Places API search with keyword search terms “bakery, convenience store, deli, food, grocery, supermarket.”

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

PARKS IN JACKSON HEIGHTS:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

REFERENCES:

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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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