Foodscape: Stuyvesant Town and Turtle Bay

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Stuyvesant Town and Turtle 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 Beekman Place, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, Stuyvesant Town, Sutton Place, Tudor City and Turtle Bay

*All data from DATA2GO includes Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town

Zip codes include: 10003, 10009, 10010, 10016, 10017, 10018, 10022, 10155, 10158, 10174

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 144,591 (1.69% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay and New York City (1)
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 9.3% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 3.4% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 68.7% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 15.5% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 3.1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 8%
    • 18-24 years: 11%
    • 25-44 years: 41%
    • 45-64 years: 23%
    • 65+ years: 18%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 86.3 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 22% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay to 7 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,925,121 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 8.7% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 0.8% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 3.4% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 78% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 10% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 11% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 91% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 9% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 11% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 90% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 13% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 7% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 4% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 22% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: $117,921 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 9% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 2.4% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 20.8% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 10.2 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 21% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 20 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Stuyvesant Town/Turtle Bay: 83% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE BAY COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE 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)  

  • Albert's Garden: 16-18 E 2nd St
  • First Street Garden: 48 E 1st St
  • Liz Christy Garden: 110 E Houston St

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE BAY SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 363 The Neighborhood School: 121 E 3rd St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
  • PS 63 The STAR Academy: 121 E 3rd St
  • PS 364 The Earth School: 420 E 12th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A)
  • PS 721 Annex of Manhattan Occupational Training Center: 400 1st Ave
  • PS 347 The 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School: 225 E 23rd St
  • PS 15 Roberto Clemente: 333 E 4th St
  • HS 413 School of the Future High School: 127 E 22nd St
  • P.S./M.S. 34: 730 E 12th St (between Avenue C & D)
  • PS 64 Robert Simon: 600 E 6th St
  • MS 432 Murray Hill Academy: 111 E 33rd St (between Park & Lexington Ave)
  • HS 450 East Side Community School: 420 E 12th St
  • MS 839 Tompkins Square Middle School: 600 E 6th St (at Avenue B)
  • School of the Future: 127 E 22nd St (at Lexington Ave)
  • The East Village Community School (EVCS): 610 E 12th St
  • PS/MS 34 Franklin D. Roosevelt: 730 E 12th St
  • Grace Church School-High School: 46 Cooper Square
  • PS 347: 225 E 23rd St (between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
  • PS 361 The Children's Workshop School: 610 E 12th St
  • PS 751 Manhattan School for Career Development Preparatory (MSCD): 113 E 4th St
  • PS 94 Spectrum School @361: 610 E 12th St
  • MS/HS 407 Institute for Collaborative Education: 345 E 15th St

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE 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.

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE 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

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE 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. 

STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE 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.

PARKS IN STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE BAY:

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 STUYVESANT TOWN/TURTLE BAY:

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: 5/11/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 6: Stuyvesant Town and Turtle Bay.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 6: Stuyvesant Town and Turtle Bay, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Murray Hill, Gramercy & Stuyvesant Town.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=106*36047015900*food_insecure_puma!undefined!ns*!buttonHolder~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#11/40.7769/-73.9795.
  3. “A Foodscape of Upper East Side/Gramercy.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FS305-307_2017.pdf
  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 – Manhattan.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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