Foodscape: Rego Park/Forest Hills

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Rego Park/Forest Hills 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 Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens and Rego Park

Zip codes include: 11374, 11375

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 115,119 (1.35% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Rego Park/Forest Hills and New York City (1)
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 14% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 3% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 51% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 30% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Rego Park/Forest Hills Population by Age: (1)
    • 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% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

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)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Ridgewood/Forest Hills (Zipcodes 11374, 11375, 11379, 11385)
      • 5 minutes or less: 53% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 17% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 29% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 93% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • 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% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 82% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 19% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 11% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 7% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 28% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: $93,882 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (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% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 13 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Rego Park/Forest Hills: 68% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

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. (5)  

  • Project Eden: 67-2 Kessel St

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 233 P233Q@686: 91-30 Metropolitan Ave

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

REGO PARK/FOREST HILLS 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.

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:

*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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 3/30/21

REFERENCES:

    1. 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.
    2. “Data2Go: Forest Hills & Rego Park.” 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 Ridgewood/Forest Hills.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS405_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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