Foodscape: Sheepshead Bay

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Sheepshead Bay 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 Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Homecrest, Kings Highway, Manhattan Beach, Plumb Beach and Sheepshead Bay  

*All data from DATA2GO includes Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach & Homecrest 

Zip codes include: 11229, 11235

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 173,961 (2.04% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Sheepshead Bay and New York City (1)
    • Sheepshead Bay: 8% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Sheepshead Bay: 3% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Sheepshead Bay: 70% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Sheepshead Bay: 18% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Sheepshead Bay: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Sheepshead Bay Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 21%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 26%
    • 65+ years: 17%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Sheepshead Bay: 83.9 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 48% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Sheepshead Bay to 25 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,865,084 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Sheepshead Bay: 13.4% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 19.8% of households (2)| NYC: 21% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Coney Island/Sheepshead Bay (Zipcdoes 11223, 11224, 11229, 11235)
      • 5 minutes or less: 47% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 16% (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): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 93% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 7% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 21% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 70% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 26% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 17% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 9% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 25% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Sheepshead Bay: $60,814 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 15.5% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 3.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 31.7% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 6.8 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 7% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 20 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Sheepshead Bay: 67% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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.

SHEEPSHEAD BAY COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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)  

  • NYCHA - Sheepshead Nostrand - The Sunlight Garden: 2985 Ave X

SHEEPSHEAD BAY SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 206 Joseph F Lamb: 2200 Gravesend Neck Rd
  • HS 410 Abraham Lincoln High School: 2800 Ocean Pkwy
  • HS 425 James Madison High School: 3787 Bedford Ave
  • PS 254 Dag Hammarskjold: 1801 Avenue Y
  • HS 630 Professional Pathways High School: 3000 Avenue X
  • HS 620 William E. Grady Career and Technical Education High School: 25 Brighton 4th Rd
  • PS 811 Connie Lekas School: 2525 Haring St
  • IS 278 Marine Park: 1925 Stuart St
  • PS 153 Homecrest: 1970 Homecrest Ave

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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.

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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

SHEEPSHEAD BAY WIC SITES:

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

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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. 

SHEEPSHEAD BAY 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.

  • Deli & Grocery
    2829 Coney Island Ave 11235, (718) 332-1906
  • AGM Mini Market
    2972 Avenue X 11235, (347) 673-7204
  • B & B Mini Market
    311 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 743-1287
  • Marky's Caviar
    2323 Avenue X 11235, (718) 646-1336
  • Emmons Deli Inc
    1729 Emmons Ave 11235, (347) 492-7921
  • Park Sang Chul
    2916 Avenue P 11229, (718) 382-0907
  • Kings Meat Markets
    603-605 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 743-2230
  • American Grocery Outlet / AVS Privlege
    2914 Coney Island Ave 11235, (347) 462-1777
  • Oasis Mega Market
    2828 Coney Island Ave 11235,
  • 7-Eleven
    708 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 891-2034
  • Voorhies Health Pharmacy
    2309 Voorhies Ave 11235, (718) 975-2872
  • Ocean Deli Grocery Market Inc
    2001 Avenue U 11229,
  • Domino Supermarket
    1824 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 627-4008
  • Toné Café
    265 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 332-8082
  • Bay Stop Fruit, Vegetables, & Fresh Flowers
    2608 E 14th St 11235, (646) 508-9009
  • Brighton Bazaar
    1007 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 769-1700
  • Pargino's Foods
    2633 Hubbard St 11235, (866) 647-5666
  • Fruits-A-Plenty Inc
    1507 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 375-8590
  • Arshak Grocery
    262 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 934-3270
  • Ave U Gourmet Deli & Grill
    2101 Haring St 11229, (347) 713-3040
  • Dollar Tree
    2114 Coyle St 11229, (718) 306-5437
  • Stop & Shop
    1710 Avenue Y 11235, (718) 648-0202
  • Ester's Food
    3664 Nostrand Ave 11229, (718) 934-5547
  • Cherry Hill Gourmet Inc
    1901 Emmons Ave 11235, (718) 616-1900
  • Sheepshead Bay Halal Market
    2705 Avenue Z 11235, (718) 513-6738
  • Brighton Food Group
    281-285 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 743-3900
  • Knapp Street Deli
    2771 Knapp St 11235, (718) 934-0200
  • 3590 S M Deli Grocery
    3590 Nostrand Ave 11229,
  • Kings Convience
    1426 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 339-3167
  • A & E Convenience
    3090 Avenue U 11229, (718) 648-7762
  • Kings Valley Fruit
    1624 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 627-9095
  • 7-Eleven
    3768-3778 Nostrand Ave 11235, (718) 332-1463
  • Quentin Corner Food Mar
    1101 Quentin Rd 11229, (718) 339-4248
  • Sea Bay Seafood & Meat Market
    1241 Avenue U 11229, (718) 382-8889
  • Kings Meat
    1673 E 16th St 11229, (718) 375-1450
  • Banana Kings
    1601 Avenue U, 1st Floor 11229, (718) 787-0956
  • Bolla Market
    2228 Gerritsen Ave 11229, (718) 646-2939
  • 7-Eleven
    2702 Knapp St 11235, (718) 648-8035
  • Yafa Deli
    3056 Avenue X 11235,
  • Discos Azteca
    3094 Coney Island Ave 11235, (718) 305-1432
  • Family Dollar
    3710 Nostrand Ave 11235, (718) 769-2315
  • Brighton Express Food Market
    3070 Brighton 4th St 11235, (718) 513-6003
  • Fruit Dynasty
    259 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (347) 282-9454
  • King of Latvia Deli
    1301 Avenue U 11229, (718) 382-5636
  • New Eastern II Fruits, Vegatables, and Grocery Inc
    231 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 332-1305
  • King's Food
    1914 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 336-8100
  • El Jarochito
    195 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 769-4447
  • Produce Market 2000
    2518 Avenue U 11229, (718) 615-1835
  • Nizam Brooklyn Market
    201 Neptune Ave 11235,
  • Shop & Smile Groceries
    51 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 648-7080
  • S & I Business
    2691 E 14th St 11235, (718) 769-8846
  • New Sam Bit Grocery
    3165 Coney Island Ave 11235,
  • CVS
    1402 Sheepshead Bay Rd 11235, (718) 332-8425
  • Kings Farm
    1901 Kings Hwy 11229,
  • Deli & Grocery
    2960 X Ave 11235,
  • Bay Supermarket Deli & Grocery
    1504 Sheepshead Bay Rd 11235,
  • The Beach Deli
    2876 Gerritsen Ave 11229, (718) 975-8578
  • Rite Aid
    2981 Ocean Ave 11235, (718) 332-1001
  • Walgreens
    713 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 615-3103
  • Silver Star Farms
    3838 Nostrand Ave 11235, (718) 934-8520
  • Papa Carlo Fresh Market
    1081 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 676-1345
  • Kings Gourmet Foods
    1508 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 376-1585
  • Efe Market Organic
    2741 Ocean Ave 11229, (718) 891-3934
  • Brighton Finest Deli and Grill
    291 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 484-8320
  • Duane Reade
    105 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 449-9188
  • M & N Pork Store
    2611 Avenue U 11229, (718) 646-9111
  • CTown Supermarkets
    1709 Avenue U 11229, (718) 645-6296
  • For You Deli Grocery
    2101 Avenue U 11229, (718) 872-7656
  • Walgreens
    3082 Avenue U 11229, (347) 783-5752
  • Easy Shop Supermarket Inc.
    1538 Avenue U 11229, (718) 375-0338
  • Netcost Market
    3100 Ocean Ave 11235, (718) 517-8701
  • Adhm Deli
    3554 Nostrand Ave 11229, (718) 648- 2775
  • 7-Eleven
    3342 Nostrand Ave 11229,
  • Shoreway Convenience
    3043 Emmons Ave 11235, (718) 975-3923
  • Gourmet Plaza
    1663-1669 E 13th St 11229,
  • Rite Aid
    3823 Nostrand Ave 11235, (718) 743-8933
  • NetCost Market
    1029 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 517-2297
  • Best Buy International Food
    411 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 676-5105
  • Lucky U Market Inc.
    2218 Avenue U 11229,
  • CVS
    1601 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 998-2166
  • La Villita Grocery
    1249 Ave U 11229, (718) 998-0222
  • CVS
    2925 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 677-3871
  • Progress Meat Market (RA Progress Meat Market)
    2114 Avenue U 11229, (718) 769-4303
  • Ocean Foodmart
    1512 Sheepshead Bay Rd 11235,
  • PK Farm
    2924 Avenue P 11229,
  • Hannan Deli & Grocery Corp
    1603 Avenue U 11229, (718) 336-1019
  • 324 Brighton Beach Grocery
    324 Brighton Beach Ave #A 11235, (718) 646-1897
  • ALDI
    3785 Nostrand Ave 11235, (855) 955-2534
  • Prestige Meat Market
    3715 Nostrand Ave 11235, (347) 374-3135
  • Big Banana
    1709 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 375-2579
  • NETO Chocolate
    3036 Nostrand Ave 11229, (347) 860-9606
  • Nature's Emporium
    1612 E 16th St 11229, (718) 375-7877
  • D & G Deli Grocery
    1421 Gravesend Neck Rd 11229, (718) 376-9386
  • 3045 Supermarket
    3045 Coney Island Ave 11235,
  • Rite Aid
    2002 Avenue U 11229, (718) 769-2058
  • Cherry Hill Gourmet
    2613 Avenue U 11229, (718) 887-9595
  • Mina Corner Deli Inc
    1225 Avenue U 11229,
  • Брайтон Бич
    230 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 943-9933
  • Dany Delis
    2815 Avenue U 11229, (718) 513-3337
  • Key Food Supermarket
    2245 Gerritsen Ave 11229, (718) 648-4565
  • Corner Z Supermarket
    2845 Coney Island Ave 11235, (917) 933-9600
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    1910 Kings Hwy 11229, (718) 375-1075
  • Deal 99
    1912 Kings Hwy 11229,
  • Big Bazaar
    128 Brighton Beach Ave 11235,
  • My Mandarin Inc
    100 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (917) 709-1444
  • Brighton Fruit Market
    421 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 314-4067
  • Golden Key 2
    1067 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 743-5841
  • Portokali Gourmet Market
    1509 Sheepshead Bay Rd 11235, (347) 462-4767
  • Netcost Market
    2257 E16th St 11229, (718) 368-0402
  • Sheepshead Bay Fruits & Vegetables Market
    1717 Avenue Z 11235, (718) 891-8449
  • Sam Gourmet Deli
    3670 Nostrand Ave 11229, (347) 492-4002
  • 24 Hour Minimart
    2835 Coney Island Ave 11235,
  • Gastronom Arkadia
    1079 Brighton Beach Ave 11235,
  • Gourmet Boutique
    3688 Nostrand Ave 11229, (718) 332-4412
  • Four Star Deli
    3043 Avenue V 11229, (718) 769-0401
  • Ester Deli Food
    3660-3664 Nostrand Ave 11229, (718) 934-5547
  • King's Deli & Grocery
    1702 E16th St 11229, (347) 312-7600
  • Z Grocery Inc
    2620 Avenue Z 11235,
  • Natural Health Market
    2914 Avenue R 11229,
  • Has Market
    201 Neptune Ave #6372 11235,
  • MGM Deli
    3043 Emmons Ave 11235, (718) 616-1992
  • Kosher Palace Supermarket
    2818 Avenue U 11229, (718) 743-1900
  • Chang Fa Food Market
    1418 Avenue U 11229, (718) 787-9899
  • Brighton Best 99 Cents
    705 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (646) 659-6546
  • King Express Deli
    1801 Avenue U 11229, (347) 275-4609
  • Extra Fancy Fruit
    224 Brighton Beach Ave 11235, (718) 332-9037
  • Brighton Halal Meat Mart
    217 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 616-1200
  • Lucky 3 Deli
    2124 Avenue X 11235,
  • 7-Eleven
    2800 Coney Island Ave 11235, (718) 769-2595
  • R & M Grocery Corporation
    285 Neptune Ave 11235, (718) 616-1947

PARKS IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY:

To ensure the below businesses and organizations are open, please call or check the listed websites for the most up-to-date information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Last updated: 3/9/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 15: Sheepshead Bay.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Brooklyn Community District 15: Sheepshead Bay, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach & Homecrest.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=315*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~other_pop_cd_506~ahdi_puma_1~life_expectancy_puma_562~sch_enrol_cd_112~high_cost_h_cd_216~working_poor_cd_421~unemployment_cd_408~age_pyramid_male_85_plus_cd_20~ex_high_cost_h_cd_historical_402~poverty_ceo_cd_417~bodega_supermarket_cd_148~median_household_income_puma_397~fruits_veggies_cd_164~median_personal_earnings_puma_400!*air_qual_cd~ahdi_puma*family_homeless_cd_245#14/40.5952/-73.9497
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  4. “Annual Vital Statistics Data Show Fewer Premature Deaths and Fewer Births in New York City in 2017.” NYC Health, The City of New York.
  5. “Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php

Article Image: “New York City (NYC) Neighborhood Maps – By Borough – Brooklyn.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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