Foodscape: Morrisania/Crotona

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Morrisania/Crotona 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 Morrisania and Crotona, Claremont and Melrose

Zip codes include: 10456, 10459, 10460

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 91,601 (1.07% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Morrisania/Crotona and New York City (1)
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 60.7% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 36.5% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 1.1% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 0.7% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 1.1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Morrisania/Crotona Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 29%
    • 18-24 years: 12%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 22%
    • 65+ years: 9%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 76.8 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 31% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Morrisania/Crotona to 10 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 6,700,229 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 23.7% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 1.0% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 51.0% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from South Bronx
      • 5 minutes or less: 47% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 17% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 34% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 81% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 19% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 34% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 69% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 36% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 24% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 22% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 32% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Morrisania/Crotona: $28,873 (2) | NYC: $25,595 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 39% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 6.9% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 32.3% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 7.8 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 29% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 34 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Morrisania/Crotona: 68% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

MORRISANIA/CROTONA SUMMER MEALS: 

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.

MORRISANIA/CROTONA COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

MORRISANIA/CROTONA 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)  

  • Model T Community Garden: 1312 Bristow St
  • Paradise on Earth Garden: 1101-1105 Fox St
  • Freeman Garden: 1225 Hoe Ave
  • Jacqueline Denise Davis Garden: 1022-1024 Boston Rd
  • Bronx Sunshine Garden: 1768 Bryant Ave
  • NYCHA - McKinley - Joyful Garden: 731 E 161 St
  • Jardin de la Familia: 1507 Washington Ave
  • Victory Garden: 580 Crotona Park S
  • Jackson Forest Garden: 722 Home St

MORRISANIA/CROTONA SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 536 : 1827 Archer St
  • PS/MS 186 P186X @140: 750 Jennings St
  • PS 458 Samara Community School: 1550 Vyse Ave
  • PS 17 : 778 Forest Ave
  • PS 333 Longwood Academy of Discovery: 888 Rev J A Polite Ave
  • HS 403 Bronx International High School: 1110 Boston Rd
  • **IS 177 Harlem Renaissance High School

**: 1260 Franklin Ave

  • CS 55 Benjamin Franklin: 450 St Paul's Pl
  • The Academy of the Arts: 888 Rev J A Polite Ave
  • HS 543 High School for Violin and Dance: 1110 Boston Rd
  • MS 22 Jordan L. Mott: 270 E 167th St
  • PS 443 The Family School: 1116 Sheridan Ave
  • Bronxworks: 1130 Grand Concourse
  • MS 323 Bronx Writing Academy: 270 E 167th St
  • HS 202 New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science II: 900 Tinton Ave
  • HS 482 Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School: 800 Home St
  • School for Excellence: 1110 Boston Rd
  • PS 494 Success Academy Charter School - Bronx 2: 450 Saint Paul's Pl
  • CS 134 Community Improvement Garden: 1311 Bristow St
  • PS 6 West Farms: 1000 E Tremont Ave
  • HS 446 Arturo A. Schomburg Satellite Academy Bronx: 1010 Rev J A Polite Ave
  • Bronx Lighthouse College Prep Academy Garden: 1005 Intervale Ave
  • MS 325 Urban Science Academy: 1000 Teller Ave
  • PS 186 Walter Damrosch School: 750 Jennings St
  • HS 682 Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School: 1021 Jennings St
  • PS 188X Kenneth Holmes Garden : 770 Grote St
  • PS 449 Grant Avenue Elementary School: 250 E 164th St
  • HS 404 School for Excellence: 1110 Boston Rd
  • PS 66 School of Higher Expectations: 1001 Jennings St
  • IS 217 School of Performing Arts: 977 Fox St
  • PS 61 Francisco Oller: 1550 Crotona Park E
  • Charter 185 Bronx Lighthouse Charter School: 1001 Intervale Ave
  • MS 145 Arturo Toscanini: 1000 Teller Ave
  • PS 132 Garret A. Morgan: 1245 Washington Ave
  • PS 811 Academy for Career and Living Skills: 1434 Longfellow Ave
  • PS 76 : 770 Grote St
  • PS 352 The Vida Bogart School for All Children: 1330 Bristow St
  • Fairmont Neighborhood School: 1550 Vyse Ave

MORRISANIA/CROTONA 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.

MORRISANIA/CROTONA 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

MORRISANIA/CROTONA 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. 

MORRISANIA/CROTONA 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 MORRISANIA/CROTONA:

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 MORRISANIA/CROTONA:

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: 6/30/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 3: Morrisania and Crotona.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 3: Morrisania and Crotona, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Community District 3.” 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. “A Foodscape of The South Bronx.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS303_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 – Bronx.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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