Foodscape: Kew Gardens/Woodhaven

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Kew Gardens/Woodhaven 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 Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven

*All data from DATA2GO includes Richmond Hill & Woodhaven

Zip codes include: 11415, 11416, 11417, 11418, 11419, 11421, 11424

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 148,465 (1.74% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Kew Gardens/Woodhaven and New York City (1)
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 41% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 9% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 18% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 27% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 4% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 23%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 30%
    • 45-64 years: 27%
    • 65+ years: 11%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 83.4 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 51% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Kew Gardens/Woodhaven to 11 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,810,093 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 9.6% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 0.8% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 15.9% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Southwest Queens (Zipcodes 11414, 11415, 11417, 11418, 11419, 11420, 11421)
      • 5 minutes or less: 37% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 23% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 37% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 86% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 14% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 24% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 78% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 23% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 22% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 22% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: $67,914 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 14.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 4.3% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 31.6% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 7.3 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 0% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 25 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Kew Gardens/Woodhaven: 67% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN 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)  

  • BACDYS Garden (Bangladeshi American Development and Youth Services): 215 Forbell St

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 90 Horace Mann: 86-50 109th St
  • MS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell: 93-11 101st Ave
  • MS 202 Robert H. Goddard: 138-30 Lafayette St
  • PS 254 The Rosa Parks School: 84-40 101st St
  • MS 137 America's School of Heroes: 109-15 98th St
  • HS 308 Robert H. Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology: 138-30 Lafayette St
  • PS 161 Arthur Ashe School: 101-33 124th St
  • PS 97 Forest Park: 85-52 85th St
  • HS 475 Richmond Hill High School: 89-30 114th St
  • PS 64 Joseph P. Addabbo: 82-01 101st Ave
  • HS 487 John Adams- YABC: 101 Rockaway Blvd

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN 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.

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN 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

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN 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. 

KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN 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 KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN:

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 KEW GARDENS/WOODHAVEN:

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: 10/17/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 9: Kew Gardens and Woodhaven.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 9: Kew Gardens and Woodhaven, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Richmond Hill & Woodhaven.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=409*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#10/40.8250/-73.9794.
  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 Southwest Queens.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS407_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 – Queens.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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