Foodscape: South Beach/Willowbrook

by NYC Food Policy Editor

South Beach/Willowbrook 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 Bloomfield, Midland Beach, New Springville, South Beach, Todt Hill, Travis-Chelsea and Willowbrook 

*All data from DATA2GO includes New Springville and South Beach 

Zip codes include: 10305, 10306, 10311, 10313, 10314

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 134,657 (1.58% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of South Beach/Willowbrook and New York City (1)
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 14% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 3% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 68% White | NYC: 32% White
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 13% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • South Beach/Willowbrook Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 20%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 25%
    • 45-64 years: 29%
    • 65+ years: 18%
  • Life Expectancy
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 81.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 27% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in South Beach/Willowbrook to 7 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,119,272 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 8.4% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 0.2% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 11.1% of households (2)| NYC: 21% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4,5)
    • Includes data from all of Staten Island (Zipcodes 10301, 10302, 10303, 10304, 10305, 10306, 10307, 10308, 10309, 10310, 10312, 10314)
      • 5 minutes or less: 27% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 13.5% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 57.5% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 88% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 12% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 29% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 76% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 25% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 19% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 6% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 27% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: $93,203 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 11.1% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 3.2% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 30.3% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 6.9 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 6% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 32 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • South Beach/Willowbrook: 70% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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.

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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. (6)  

  • Moravian Community Garden: 1657 Victory Blvd

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 13 M. L. Lindemeyer: 191 Vermont Ave
  • PS 721 The Richard H. Hungerford School @JPS: 100 Essex Dr
  • IS 72 Rocco Laurie: 33 Ferndale Ave
  • PS 26 The Carteret School: 4108 Victory Blvd
  • PS 39 Francis J. Murphy Jr.: 71 Sand Lane
  • PS 373 : 77 Marsh Ave
  • PS 861 Staten Island School of Civic Leadership: 280 Regis Dr

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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.

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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. 

SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK 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 SOUTH BEACH/WILLOWBROOK:

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: 2/3/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Staten Island Community District 2: South Beach and Willowbrook.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Staten Island Community District 2: South Beach and Willowbrook, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: New Springville and South Beach.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=502*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#10/40.7543/-73.9588
  3. “A Foodscape of Northern Staten Island.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS501502_2017.pdf.
  4. “A Foodscape of Southern Staten Island.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS503504_2017.pdf.
  5. “Annual Vital Statistics Data Show Fewer Premature Deaths and Fewer Births in New York City in 2017.” NYC Health, The City of New York.
  6. “Green Thumb Garden Map.” NYC Parks, https://greenthumb.nycgovparks.org/gardensearch.php.

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

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