Foodscape: Upper East Side

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Upper East Side Foodscape

Manhattan Community District 8

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. 

Zipcodes include: 10021, 10022, 10028, 10044, 10065, 10075, 10128

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 231,983 (2.65% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Upper East Side and New York City (2) 
    • Upper East Side: 9.7% Latino | NYC: 29.2% Latino
    • Upper East Side: 2.3% Black | NYC: 21.7% Black
    • Upper East Side: 75.3% White | NYC: 31.8% White
    • Upper East Side: 10.2% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 14.1% Asian
    • Upper East Side: 2.4% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Upper East Side Population by Age: (3)
    • 0-17 years: 14%
    • 18-24 years: 5%
    • 25-44 years: 37%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 20%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Upper East Side: 86.4 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Upper East Side: 23.6% (2) | NYC: 36.8% (2)

UPPER EAST SIDE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Upper East Side to 5 bodegas (2)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 3,939,719 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Upper East Side: 7.7% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Upper East Side: 0.6% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Upper East Side: 3.5% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)

HEALTH BEHAVIORS:

  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Upper East Side: 6% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Upper East Side: 13% (2) | NYC: 23% (2)
  • No Physical Activity in the Last 30 Days:
    • Upper East Side: 13% 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): 
    • Upper East Side: 89% (2) | NYC: 78% (2)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Upper East Side: 11% (2) | NYC: 24% (2)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Upper East Side: 6% (3) | NYC: 20% (3)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Upper East Side: 4% (2) | NYC: 11% (2)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Upper East Side: 15% (3) | NYC: 28% (3)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Upper East Side: $120,868 (2) | NYC: $60,879 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Upper East Side: 6.3% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Upper East Side: 2% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Upper East Side: 18.6% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Upper East Side: 8.7 (2) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (2)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Upper East Side: 30% (3) | New York City-wide: 10% (3)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Upper East Side: 19 (3) | New York City-wide: 23 (3)
  • Percent of Land User for Public Parks, Open Spaces, and Recreation:
    • Upper East Side: 2.6% (2) | New York City-wide: 24.7% (2)

UPPER EAST SIDE COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

UPPER EAST SIDE 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)  

  • Euclid 500 Community Garden: 532 Euclid Ave
  • Keap Fourth Community Garden: 347 Keap St
  • 9th Street Community Garden & Park: 703 E 9th St
  • Jackie Robinson Community Garden: 103 E 122nd St
  • Serenity Community Garden: 4402 Ave L
  • Madison Harvest Community Garden: 894 Madison St
  • Luigi's Garden of Love: 227 W 115th St
  • NYCHA - Pink - Pink's Paradise: Garden of Love: 1258 Loring Ave
  • Paradise Community Garden NY: 107-29 Inwood St
  • Madison Street Association: 974 Madison St
  • Pa'lante Community Garden (110th Street Block Assoc.): 1651 Madison Ave
  • Green Oasis Community Garden / Gilbert's Garden: 372 E 8th St
  • McLeod Community Garden: 130 Liberty Ave
  • Preston Community Garden: 1711 Park Pl
  • Cleveland Street Vegetable Garden: 433 Cleveland St
  • Oasis Community Garden: 505 W 52nd St
  • Cooper Street Block Buster Block Assoc.: 41 Cooper St
  • First Street Garden: 48 E 1st St
  • Floral Vineyard: 2379 Pitkin Ave
  • Malcolm X Garden: 33-12 112th St
  • Go Vertical: 479 Milford St
  • Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden: 513 W 158th St
  • St. Nicholas Miracle Garden: 330 Saint Nicholas Ave
  • New Vision Garden: 590 Schenck Ave
  • Life Spire (CRMD, Inc.): 2015 Lexington Ave
  • Kosciusko Street Garden and Learning Center: 385 Kosciusko St
  • Brownsville Green Community Garden: 1418 Eastern Parkway
  • Sage's Garden: 281 E 4th St
  • Java Street Community Garden: 59 Java St

UPPER EAST SIDE SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • PS 217 Roosevelt Island: 645 Main St
  • Ella Baker School: 317 E 67 St
  • PS 006 Lillie D. Blake: 45 E 81 St
  • MS 167 Robert F. Wagner: 220 E 76 St

UPPER EAST SIDE FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

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

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. 

UPPER EAST SIDE 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

UPPER EAST SIDE WIC SITES:

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

UPPER EAST SIDE 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. 

UPPER EAST SIDE 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.”

  • 1741 Gourmet Deli
    1741 1st Ave 10128, (646) 799-9320
  • Agata & Valentina
    1505 1st Ave 10021, (212) 452-0690
  • D'Agostino Supermarkets Inc
    1507 York Ave 10075, (212) 734-6317
  • Ottomanelli Brothers
    1549 York Ave 10028, (212) 772-7900
  • Prime Gourmet Market
    1770 1st Ave 10128, (212) 831-1777
  • Patrick Murphy Market
    1307 Madison Ave 10128, (212) 831-2696
  • Fruit cart
    453 E86th St 10028,
  • HY Market Corporation
    1291 Madison Ave 10128, (212) 427-9779
  • CVS
    1241 Lexington Ave 10028, (212) 535-3438
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1031 1st Ave 10022, (212) 486-0340
  • 7-Eleven
    1594 York Ave 10028, (212) 327-3613
  • 809 Lexington Grocery Store
    809 Lexington Ave 10065, (212) 838-9795
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1565 1st Ave 10028, (212) 249-2851
  • Sable's Smoked Fish
    1489 2nd Ave 10075, (212) 249-6177
  • Duane Reade
    1231 Madison Ave 10128, (212) 360-6586
  • Blue & Gold Deli
    1075 1st Ave 10022, (212) 755-5506
  • Eastside Market
    1463 York Ave 10075, (917) 261-7904
  • Market Deli & Grocery
    1388 1st Ave 10021, (212) 439-9891
  • CVS
    1396 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 249-5699
  • CVS
    1622 3rd Ave 10128, (212) 876-7016
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1251 3rd Ave 10021, (917) 472-7609
  • Leonard's Market
    1437 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 744-2600
  • 1st Ave Gourmet Deli
    1274 1st Ave 10065, (212) 472-8480
  • Duane Reade
    866 3rd Ave 10022, (212) 759-9412
  • Eastside Deli
    1424 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 369-0011
  • CVS
    1569 1st Ave 10028, (212) 249-5198
  • Duane Reade
    575 Lexington Ave 10022, (212) 207-8274
  • Duane Reade
    931 1st Ave 10022, (212) 421-1046
  • D'Agostino
    966 1st Ave 10022, (212) 319-4872
  • D'Agostino
    1074 Lexington Ave 10021, (212) 988-8813
  • 7-Eleven
    1453 3rd Ave 10028, (212) 288-2056
  • First on First Deli
    1756 1st Ave 10128, (212) 534-7120
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1211 Madison Ave 10128, (212) 722-0229
  • Annie's Fruit & Vegetable
    1330 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 427-8800
  • Lobels
    1096 Madison Ave 10028, (212) 737-1372
  • Deliteria
    1061 2nd Ave 10022, (212) 371-9944
  • Million 84 Street Corner Deli J&J
    1624 2nd Ave 10028, (212) 535-7800
  • CVS
    630 Lexington Ave 10022, (917) 369-8688
  • Rite Aid
    1535 2nd Ave 10075, (212) 327-4757
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    1486 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 348-4162
  • Gristedes
    1446 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 535-4925
  • Mini Deli J&J
    1266 2nd Ave 10065, (212) 288-2173
  • River East Gourmet Deli
    1320 York Ave #2 10021,
  • Jowny Market
    1305 3rd Ave 10021,
  • Whole Foods Market
    1551 3rd Ave 10128, (646) 891-3888
  • Fresh Food
    926 2nd Ave 10022, (917) 388-3597
  • All Star Deli & Grocery
    1525 York Ave 10028, (212) 737-2703
  • DeliSSimo
    39 E 60th St #A 10022, (212) 593-2333
  • Fairway Market 86th Street
    240 E86th St 10028, (212) 327-2008
  • Dorians Seafood Market
    1580 York Ave 10028, (212) 535-2256
  • CVS
    1223 2nd Ave 10065, (212) 752-7703
  • Duane Reade
    1052-1056 1st Ave 10022, (646) 282-0530
  • The Food Emporium
    1175 3rd Ave 10021, (212) 249-6778
  • Number 1 Farmers Market J&J
    1458 2nd Ave 10075, (212) 396-2626
  • Duane Reade
    949 3rd Ave 10022, (212) 223-1765
  • 7-Eleven
    1412 1st Ave 10021,
  • York Delicatessen
    1492 York Ave 10021, (212) 288-9456
  • 3 Deli & Grill Inc
    133 E 55th St 10022,
  • KY Fruit & Vegetable
    1578 York Ave 10028,
  • Gristedes
    1208 1st Ave 10021, (212) 535-2047
  • Midtown Catch
    405 E 57th St 10022, (646) 918-7560
  • Duane Reade
    425 Main St 10044, (646) 521-2260
  • Eastside Grocery
    1726 1st Ave 10128, (212) 360-6651
  • Sing's Deli & Grocery
    100 E 96th St 10128, (212) 348-3597
  • Walgreens
    1328 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 734-6076
  • Fillmore Delicatessen
    1668 3rd Ave 10128, (646) 912-9488
  • Whole Foods Market
    226 E 57th St 10022, (646) 497-1222
  • Gristedes
    1365 3rd Ave 10021, (212) 535-8449
  • Good Nature 1045
    1045 2nd Ave 10022, (212) 371-7507
  • Duane Reade
    49 E 52nd St 10022, (212) 888-2323
  • Eli's Market
    1415 3rd Ave 10028, (212) 717-8100
  • A Matter of Health NYC
    1347 1st Ave 10021, (212) 396-4500
  • Lexington Deli
    1332 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 987-1500
  • Gristedes
    1343 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 831-9381
  • CVS
    1294 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 996-3000
  • Peoples Place Gourmet D
    1391 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 734-0200
  • Beyoglu Garden Market Place
    1593 York Ave 10028, (212) 535-4261
  • Healthy Organic Foods
    1797 1st Ave 10128, (212) 426-7222
  • 73 St Farmers Market
    1368 York Ave 10021, (212) 879-3500
  • Butterfield Market
    1114 Lexington Ave 10075, (212) 288-7800
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1066 3rd Ave 10065, (212) 935-9551
  • Gentiles Fine Foods
    1041 Madison Ave 10028, (212) 879-2717
  • Katagiri
    224 E 59th St 10022, (212) 755-3566
  • Grace's Marketplace
    1299 2nd Ave 10065, (212) 737-0600
  • Gristedes
    1644 York Ave 10028, (212) 628-6769
  • Westside Market
    1407 Lexington Ave 10128, (212) 348-2382
  • Space 62 Market
    1130 1st Ave 10065, (212) 486-3040
  • Target Grocery
    1201 3rd Ave 10021, (332) 204-1718
  • Roosevelt Island Amish Farmers Market
    Roosevelt Island Bridge 10044, (570) 768-6025
  • Sons Freedom Market
    1043 Lexington Ave #1 10021, (212) 734-1093
  • Duane Reade
    401 E86th St 10028, (917) 492-8801
  • Gristedes
    1450 E 83rd & 3rd Ave 10028, (212) 484-9105
  • Hunter Delicatessen
    966 Lexington Ave #1 10021, (212) 439-7758
  • Blue Moon Deli
    1773 1st Ave #A 10128, (212) 369-9510
  • Continental Food & Beverage
    215 E 64th St 10065,
  • East Side Grocery
    1422 2nd Ave 10021, (212) 288-6640
  • Morton Williams Supermarkets
    1331 1st Ave 10021, (212) 439-0636

PARKS IN UPPER EAST SIDE:

FOOD POLICY ORGANIZATIONS IN UPPER EAST SIDE:

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

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: Upper East Side.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=108*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~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#14/40.7688/-73.9566
  3. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 8: Upper East Side.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 8: Upper East Side, 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 – Manhattan.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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