Foodscape: Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Morningside Heights/Hamilton 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 Hamilton Heights, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights and West Harlem

Zip codes include: 10025, 10027, 10031, 10032

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 111,287 (1.3% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights and New York City (1)
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 39.1% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 23.2% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 26.1% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 8.2% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 3.4% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 17%
    • 18-24 years: 16%
    • 25-44 years: 34%
    • 45-64 years: 21%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 82.3 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 34% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights to 11 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 4,465,450 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 17.3% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 1.5% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 22.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Central Harlem, Washington Heights/Inwood, and Upper West Side
      • 5 minutes or less: 62% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 23% (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): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 88% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 12% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 29% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 83% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 21% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 25% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 10% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 29% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: $50,867 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 24.8% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 3.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 30.5% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 8.0 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 20% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 21 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 76% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON HEIGHTS SUMMER MEALS: 

To ensure everyone has access to nutritious meals, the Department of Education’s Meal Hubs were created in response to COVID-19 and have expanded service to all children and adults across the five boroughs. Sites serve grab-and-go meal service for adults and children and no one is turned away. No registration or identification is required.

Please check the DOE website for updates and search for Free Meals at the select public school buildings here or text “NYCFOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON HEIGHTS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON 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)  

  • Hope Steven Garden: 1656 Amsterdam Ave
  • P.S. 76 - Garden of Perserverance: 203 W 120th St
  • Frank White Memorial Garden: 506 W 143rd St
  • Friendship Garden (Lucille McClarey Garden): 499 W 150th St
  • Columbia Secondary School Community Garden: 1195 Amsterdam Ave
  • Sugar Hill Park: 333 Edgecombe Ave
  • Mo' Pals: 545 W 147th St
  • Hope: The Friendly Garden on the Hill (Senior Citizen Sculpture Garden): 466 W 152nd St
  • Five Star Gardens: 252 W 121st St
  • St. Luke's Community Garden: 435 W 141st St
  • Serenity Gardens: 522 W 146th St
  • Maggie's Garden: 564 W 149th St
  • Riverside Valley Community Garden: 699 W 138th St
  • Edgecomb Avenue Garden Park Sanctuary: 339 Edgecomb Ave

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON HEIGHTS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering: 425 W 123rd St (between Amsterdam & Morningside Ave)
  • PS/MS 161 Pedro Albizu Campos: 499 W 133rd St
  • PS 362 Columbia Secondary School: 425 W 123rd St
  • PS 76 Garden of Perseverance Community Garden: 203 W 120th St
  • Charter 999 Promise Academy 1 Upper: 245 W 129th St
  • PS 125 Ralph Bunche: 425 W 123rd St
  • Open Door Child Care Center: 820 Columbus Ave
  • PS/MS 210 Twenty First Century Academy for Community Leaders: 503 W 152nd St (between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave)
  • PS 165 Robert E. Simon: 234 W 109th St
  • PS 163 Alfred E. Smith: 163 W 97th St
  • PS 210 Twenty First Century Academy for Community Leadership: 501 W 152nd St
  • HS 505 Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School: 140 W 102nd St
  • PS 153 Adam Clayton Powell Jr: 1750 Amsterdam Ave (between W 146th & W 147th St)
  • PS 145 The Bloomingdale School: 150 W 105th St
  • Charter 242 Future Leaders Institute Charter School: 134 W 122nd St
  • PS 36 Margaret Douglas: 123 Morningside Dr
  • PS 368 Hamilton Heights: 1750 Amsterdam Ave (between W 146th & W 147th St)
  • Nasry Michelen Day Care Center Inc: 415 W 150th St
  • Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem: 132 W 124th St
  • PS 84 Lillian Weber School of the Arts: 32 W 92nd St
  • PS 75 Emily Dickinson: 735 W End Ave
  • PS/MS 165 The Robert E. Simon School: 234 W 109th St (between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave)
  • PS 517 Teachers College Community School: 168 Morningside Ave
  • PS 180 Hugo Newman: 370 W 120th St
  • PS 28 Wright Brothers: 475 W 155th St
  • MS 328 Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry: 401 W 164th St
  • PS 828 Manhattan Alternate Learning Center @ Highbridge: 80 Audubon Ave
  • PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Prep: 370 W 120th St (between Morningside & Manhattan Ave)
  • PS 333 Manhattan School for Children: 154 W 93rd St
  • Charter 483 New York French American Charter School: 311 W 120th St
  • CS 154 Harriet Tubman: 250 W 127th St
  • IS 286 Urban Assembly Academy for Future Leaders: 509 W 129th St

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON 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.

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON 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

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON 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. 

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON 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.

PARKS IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON HEIGHTS:

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 MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS/HAMILTON HEIGHTS:

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: 7/6/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 9: Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 9: Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=111*36047015900*meal_gap_puma!undefined!ns*!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#12/40.8086/-73.9294.
  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. “NYC Foodscapes by Neighborhood.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/nyc-foodscapes-community/.
  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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