Foodscape: Rego Park/Forest Hills

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Rego Park/Forest Hills Foodscape

Queens Community District 6

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: 11374, 11375

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 120,955 (1.35% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Rego Park/Forest Hills and New York City (2)
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 14% Latino | NYC: 29.2% Latino
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 3% Black | NYC: 21.7% Black
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 51% White | NYC: 31.8% White
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 30% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 14.1% Asian
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Rego Park/Forest Hills Population by Age: (3)
    • 0-17 years: 16%
    • 18-24 years: 5%
    • 25-44 years: 31%
    • 45-64 years: 28%
    • 65+ years: 19%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 84.9 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 50% (2) | NYC: 36.8% (2)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Rego Park/Forest Hills to 5 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,240,495 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 10.3% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 0.7% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 10.0% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)

HEALTH BEHAVIORS:

  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 7% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 18% (2) | NYC: 23% (2)
  • No Physical Activity in the Last 30 Days
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 32% of adults (2) | NYC: 27.1% of adults (2)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 82% (2) | NYC: 78% (2)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 19% (2) | NYC: 24% (2)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 11% (3) | NYC: 20% (3)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 7% (2) | NYC: 11% (2)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 28% (3) | NYC: 28% (3)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: $74,618 (2) | NYC: $60,879 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 10.6% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 2.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 28.1% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 7.5 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 0% (3) | New York City-wide: 10% (3)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 13 (3) | New York City-wide: 23 (3)
  • Percent of Land Used for Public Parks, Open Spaces, and Recreation:
    • Rego Park/Forst Hills: 1.9% (2) | New York City-wide: 24.7% (2)

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS 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)  

  • Queens New Roots (East): 41-38 69th St

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 196 Grand Central Parkway: 71-25 113 St
  • PS 174 William Sidney Mount: 65-10 Dieterle Crescent
  • PS 101 School in the Gardens: 2 Russell Pl
  • PS 220 Edward Mandel: 62-10 108 St
  • HS 440 Forest Hills High School: 67-01 110 St
  • PS 303 The Academy for Excellence through the Arts: 108-55 69 Ave
  • PS 175 The Lynn Gross Discovery School: 64-35 102 St
  • P233Q@686: 91-30 Metropolitan Ave
  • MS 190 Russell Sage: 68-17 Austin St
  • JHS 157 Stephen A. Halsey: 63-55 102nd St
  • PS 206 The Horace Harding School: 61-02 98 St
  • MS/HS 167 Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School: 91-30 Metropolitan Ave

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

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

  • Forest Hills Greenmarket
    S Side of Queens Blvd at 70th Ave, Sunday 08:00AM-03:00PM, June-Dec 08:00AM-02:00PM, Jan-May, Year-Round

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.

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS 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

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS 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. 

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS 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.”

  • 7-Eleven
    97-07 Queens Blvd 11374, (718) 275-2079
  • B & K Deli & Grocery
    107-33 71st Ave 11375,
  • Netcost Market
    97-10 Queens Blvd 11374, (718) 459-4400
  • CTown Supermarkets
    7248 Austin St 11375,
  • Whole Fruit Farm (World Fruit Farm)
    92-01 63rd Dr 11374,
  • CVS
    97-10 63rd Rd 11374, (718) 896-2484
  • Foodtown of Forest Hills
    110-44 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 544-5656
  • Eden Farm
    63-31 108th St 11375, (718) 830-0681
  • Walgreens
    10425 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 896-7901
  • J & J Super Star Deli
    6249 Woodhaven Blvd 11374, (718) 779-0300
  • Duane Reade
    10716 71st Ave 11375,
  • Express Deli
    10119 Queens Blvd #B 11375,
  • Vitelio's Marketplace
    7176 Yellowstone Blvd 11375, (718) 261-7505
  • Pasticceria Amore
    107-06 71st Rd 11375, (718) 261-1349
  • Stop & Go Deli Convenience
    Metropolitan Ave 11375, (718) 263-3502
  • Bethel Farm
    63-28 108th St 11375, (718) 897-3977
  • I & R Kosher Grocery Inc
    65-47 99th St 11374,
  • Redwood Deli
    118-18 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 261-9326
  • Nagilah Market
    6369 108th St 11375, (718) 268-2626
  • Rego Park Deli Grocery Inc
    9258 Queens Blvd 11374,
  • Fruit Ranch
    100-14 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 896-4191
  • World Fruit Farm
    92-1 63rd Dr 11374,
  • ALDI
    61-11 Junction Blvd 11374, (855) 955-2534
  • 7-Eleven
    10740 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 575-4130
  • Key Food Supermarket
    105-35 64th Rd 11375, (718) 997-6252
  • Foodtown of Rego Park
    97-36 63rd Rd 11374, (718) 896-4300
  • CVS
    118-10 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 520-4530
  • K Food Market Groceries, Beer & Meat
    92-32 Queens Blvd 11374, (718) 406-9455
  • Carmel Grocery
    64-27 108th St 11375, (718) 897-9296
  • Wholesome Organic Foods Russian Delicatessen and Live Fresh Fish Grocery Store
    67-05 Austin St 11375, (516) 522-0678
  • Howard News 24 Hour Deli
    97-15 Queens Blvd 11374, (718) 897-7679
  • Rego Fresh Marketplace
    63-76 Woodhaven Blvd 11374, (718) 326-8800
  • CVS
    97 15 Metropolitan Ave 11375, (718) 261-1647
  • Fresh Value Marketplace
    9507 63rd Dr 11374, (718) 997-8900
  • Key Food Supermarket
    116-34 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 793-8639
  • Sakura-Ya Japanese Mart
    73-05 Austin St 11375, (718) 268-7220
  • Natural Fruits & Vegetables Family Fruit Farm
    6361 Booth St 11374,
  • Natural Market
    72-56 Austin St 11375, (718) 268-4477
  • Knish Nosh
    98-104 Queens Blvd 11374, (718) 897-5554
  • Rite Aid
    95-14 63rd Dr 11374, (718) 896-5084
  • Tikvah Super Glatt Kosher Mini Market
    10543 64th Rd 11375,
  • Elly's Place (Sunrise Market)
    100-31 Metropolitan Ave 11375, (718) 869-6161
  • Austin Farm
    67-25 Austin St 11375, (718) 897-8400
  • Trader Joe's
    9030 Metropolitan Ave 11374, (718) 275-1791
  • CVS
    108-7 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 544-4585
  • Shanvi Convenience & Grocery
    111-09 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 896-4475
  • Country Boy Farm Market
    96-50 Queens Blvd 11374,
  • CVS
    100 02 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 520-2334
  • Halal Meat
    64-46 108th St 11375,
  • 63-28 99th St Farm
    63-28 99th St 11374, (718) 897-2912
  • Key Food Supermarket
    92-02 63rd Dr 11374, (718) 275-6913
  • Ottos Deli
    6318 Woodhaven Blvd 11374,
  • Continental Lunchonette & Deli
    10403 Metropolitan Ave 11375, (718) 520-8336
  • Haven Deli
    6228 Woodhaven Blvd 11374,
  • R & M Glatt Supermarket
    63-64 108th St 11375, (718) 897-3600
  • K-Food Market
    92-58 Queens Blvd 11374,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    108-27 Queens Blvd 11375, (718) 268-8343
  • La Boulangerie
    109-01 72nd Rd 11375, (347) 644-5606

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

REFERENCES:

    1. “2020 Data for NYC, Boros, CDs, Council Districts, NTAs, & Tracts.” NYC Planning. 2021, https://www1.nyc.gov/site/planning/planning-level/nyc-population/2020-census.page.
    2. “Data2Go: Forest Hills & Rego Park.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://www.data2go.nyc/map/?id=406*36047015900*ahdi_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#9/40.8263/-73.9572.
    3. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 6: Rego park and Forest Hills.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 6: Rego Park and Forest Hills, 2018, pp. 1–20
    4. “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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