Foodscape: Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

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: 1.3% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 23% 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: $52,264 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 25.6% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 4% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Morningside Heights/Hamilton Heights: 30% (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.

During the summer of 2020, over 400 Meal Hubs operated from 7:30am-11:30am for children and families and 11:30am-1:30pm for adults. Starting September 29, 200 Meal Hubs continue to provide grab-and-go meal service for all New Yorkers on Monday-Friday between 3-5pm.

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.

  • Golden Deli
    3377 Broadway 10031, (212) 491-1733 or (973) 520-0187
  • Nene African Market
    363 Malcolm X Blvd 10027,
  • Whole Foods Market
    808 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 222-6160
  • Azal's Deli
    2480 Frederick Douglass Blvd #1 10027, (212) 234-2727
  • Food Universe
    538 W 138TH STREET 10031, (212) 234-0128
  • LD Dollar
    547 W 145th St 10031, (212) 281-5777
  • West 96 Deli
    214 W 96th St 10025,
  • Hamilton Heights Grocery
    3422 Broadway 10031,
  • 292 American Deli
    52 W 125th St 10027, (646) 609-3712
  • Broad Fish Market
    3519 Broadway 10031, (212) 862-4662
  • 453 Harlem Deli
    453 W 125th St 10027,
  • Felipe Grocery
    934 Columbus Ave 10025,
  • Amsterdam Mini Market
    1836 Amsterdam Ave 10031,
  • A & S Deli
    2143 Adam Clayton Powell Jr 10027,
  • Appletree Market
    1225 Amsterdam Ave 10027, (212) 865-8840
  • Dollar Tree
    280 St Nicholas Ave 10027, (212) 497-3937
  • Manhattanville Deli Gourmet
    1437 Amsterdam Ave 10027,
  • 4 Brothers Food Market And Deli
    1712 Amsterdam Ave 10031, (212) 234-5547
  • Yuca Mexican Products
    1349 Amsterdam Ave 10027, (212) 280-8585
  • Bahamas Deli Market
    3137 Broadway 10027, (212) 222-8001
  • Apollo 2 Deli & Grocery
    396 W 145th St 10031, (646) 861-3452
  • Milano Market
    2892 Broadway 10025, (212) 665-9500
  • Family Community Deli
    41 St Nicholas Terrace 10027, (212) 865-5900
  • K & N Deli Grocery Corp
    701 St Nicholas Ave 10031, (212) 690-6060
  • Host Deli & Grocery
    880 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (347) 614-7731
  • Joes Gourmet Deli
    920 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 531-1001
  • 1776 Deli & Grocery
    1776 Amsterdam Ave 10031, (212) 234-6837
  • Sugar Hill Gourmet Deli
    528 W 145th St 10031, (212) 281-2300
  • Wu + Nussbaum
    2897 Broadway 10025,
  • CVS
    2495 Broadway 10025, (212) 787-2194
  • Columbia Deli & Grill
    1348 Amsterdam Ave 10027, (646) 490-6383
  • CVS
    743 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212) 280-0596
  • Duane Reade
    568 W 125th St 10027, (212) 865-3894
  • Rite Aid
    741 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 316-0436
  • Super Value Meat Market
    3461 Broadway 10031, (212) 926-0666
  • Han's Fruit & Vegetable Market
    2501 Broadway 10025, (212) 666-7089
  • Westside Market
    2840 Broadway 10025, (212) 222-3367
  • 840 St Nicholas Food Market
    840 St Nicholas Ave 10031,
  • Westside Market
    2589 Broadway 10025, (212) 316-0222
  • Manhattan Food Market
    507 Manhattan Ave 10027, (212) 663-2263
  • Alzyadi Deli
    2175 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York 10027, (212) 316-4165
  • Key Food Harlem
    421 W 125th St 10027, (212) 749-0200
  • Rite Aid
    3539 Broadway 10031, (212) 281-2183
  • West 109 Gourmet Deli
    990 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212) 280-7329
  • Duane Reade
    2864 Broadway 10025, (212) 316-5113
  • Mario's Gourmet Deli
    934 Amsterdam Ave 10025,
  • Jenny Food
    2026 7th Ave 10027, (212) 222-1403
  • Foodtown of St. Nicholas Ave
    756 St Nicholas Ave 10031, (212) 368-6464
  • Thrifty Deli Supermarket
    3149 Broadway 10027, (212) 865-0321
  • Little Gujrat Deli
    946 Columbus Ave 10025,
  • Trader Joe's
    670 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 678-1680
  • Duke Ellington Gourmet Deli
    934 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 662-3015
  • N & W Deli Grocery
    1800 Amsterdam Ave 10031, (212) 234-5552
  • Key Food Supermarket
    755 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212) 665-9900
  • Whole Foods Market
    100 W 125th St 10027, (212) 678-1940
  • Manuels Grocery
    3675 Broadway 10031, (212) 491-3535
  • Ranch Deli & Nightlife
    856 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212) 866-8770
  • Lenox Gourmet Deli & Grocery
    217 Malcolm X Blvd 10027, (212) 222-3314
  • 194 Manhattan Deli
    194 Manhattan Ave 10025, (212) 222-1246
  • CVS
    115 W 125th St 10027, (212) 864-5431
  • 99 Cents Broadway
    3351 Broadway 10031,
  • Mani Market Place
    697 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 662-4392
  • Los Vecinos Meat Market & Supermarket
    987 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212) 316-1968
  • Manhattanville Gourmet Deli
    1477 Amsterdam Ave 10027, (917) 507-4934
  • Columbus Natural Food
    725 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 663-0345
  • Foodtown of Morningside Heights
    1316 Amsterdam Ave 10027, (212) 662-1644
  • Ranch Deli
    980 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 531-8777
  • Altragraica Groceries
    2077 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd 10027,
  • Broadway Finest Deli
    3620 Broadway 10031, (212) 281-6567
  • Garden of Eden Marketplace
    2780 Broadway 10025, (212) 222-7300
  • Felo Deli Grocery
    23 W 100th St 10025, (212) 866-8195
  • Farmers Gourmet Deli
    172 W 124th St 10027,
  • H Mart
    2828 Broadway 10025, (646) 952-0442
  • Gristedes
    2704 Broadway & W 103rd St 10025, (646) 352-4690
  • Paul Saini Deli Grocery
    724 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 932-3030
  • Columbia 1 Market
    20 Old Broadway 10027, (646) 226-5744
  • Yellow Banana
    1658 Amsterdam Ave 10031, (646) 360-3653
  • 3660 Deli Grocery Inc
    3660 Broadway 10031,
  • ABC Mart
    3505 Broadway 10031,
  • Associated Supermarket
    13 15 W 100th St 10025, (212) 531-4571
  • Foodtown of Frederick Douglas Blvd
    2463 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 132nd St 10027, (212) 368-7052
  • Daily Grocery
    132 Hamilton Place 10031, (212) 368-1575
  • Olive Tree Deli
    3060 Broadway 10027, (212) 749-4200
  • Duane Reade
    2683 Broadway #7 10025, (212) 865-5360
  • Omega Gourmet Deli
    353 W 125th St 10027, (212) 316-3354
  • Diaz Mini Deli
    601A W 144th St 10031, (646) 368-1061
  • 104 Broadway Farm Inc
    2717 Broadway 10025, (212) 663-6036
  • Pioneer Supermarkets
    380 Malcolm X Blvd 10027, (212) 427-4615
  • New Deli
    3660 Broadway 10031, (917) 262-0764
  • St. Nicholas Deli
    285 St Nicholas Ave 10027, (212) 866-3354
  • CVS
    288 St Nicholas Ave 10027, (212) 222-0966
  • Duane Reade
    700 Columbus Ave (94 street) 10025, (212) 864-4189
  • Rite Aid
    35-45 W 125th St 10027, (212) 828-1772
  • Duane Reade
    2760-62 Broadway (106 street) 10025, (212) 678-7893
  • Key Food Supermarket
    3550 Broadway 10031, (212) 926-6756
  • Best Value
    1802 Amsterdam Ave 10031, (917) 261-6200
  • Lenox Saphire Harlem
    341 Lenox Ave 10027, (212) 866-9700
  • Luna Deli
    3494 Broadway 10031, (212) 543-1111
  • Santiago Food Center
    3680 Broadway 10031, (212) 862-6455
  • Duane Reade
    3387 Broadway 10031, (917) 507-0179
  • Pelaez Fruits & Vegetables
    3557 Broadway 10031, (347) 805-3762
  • 99 Cents & Up NYC
    921 Columbus Ave 10025, (646) 476-5647
  • KSY Mini Market
    996 Amsterdam Ave 10025, (212)-864-0699
  • Freshy's Deli & Grocery
    941 Columbus Ave 10025, (212) 666-0109
  • Yummy Foods Deli
    2445 Frederick Douglas Blvd 10027, (917) 261-6839
  • Empire Fruits & Vegetables
    200 W 96th St 10025,
  • Hamilton Meat Market
    1 Hamilton Pl 10031, (212) 926-8213
  • Central Markets
    300 W 110th St 10025, (212) 932-1990
  • Sea & Sea
    310 St Nicholas Ave 10027, (646) 476-5569
  • Deli 360
    360 W 110th St 10025, (212) 678-6060
  • Gallardo Minimarket
    3478 Broadway 10031,

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: 12/8/2020

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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