Foodscape: Washington Heights/Inwood

by Melissa Gallanter, RD

Washington Heights/Inwood 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 DATA2GO includes Washington Heights, Inwood, & Marble Hill

Zip codes include: 10032, 10033, 10034, 10040

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 195,830 (2.29% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Washington Heights/Inwood and New York City (1)
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 72% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 7% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 17% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 3% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 1% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Washington Heights/Inwood Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 19%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 33%
    • 45-64 years: 25%
    • 65+ years: 13%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 85.5 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 47% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Washington Heights/Inwood to 13 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 5,565,856 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 13.2% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 0.4% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 33.6% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 58% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 20% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 21% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 81% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 19% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 23% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 68% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 26% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 24% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 13% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 28% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: $51,467 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 23.3% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 6.8% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 30.2% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 7.8 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 35% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 17 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Washington Heights/Inwood: 77% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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)  

  • William A. Harris Garden: 869 St Nicholas Ave
  • Morris Jumel Community Garden: 455-457 W 162nd St
  • West 181st Street Beautification Project: 814 W 181st St
  • Dorothy K. McGowan Memorial Garden: 513 W 158th St

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • [email protected] The Equity Project Charter School (TEP): 153 Sherman Ave
  • PS 178 Professor Juan Bosch Public School: 12-18 Ellwood St
  • PS/MS 278 Paula Hedbavny School: 421 W 219th St
  • PS 98 Shorac Kappock: 512 W 212th St
  • Harbor Heights Middle School: 306 Fort Washington Ave (between W 173rd & W 174th St)
  • The Equity Project Charter School (TEP): 549 Audobon Ave
  • JHS 52 Inwood: 650 Academy St
  • HS 467 High School for Law and Public Service: 549 Audubon Ave
  • Nicholas Cardell Day Care Center: 84 Vermilyea Ave
  • PS/IS 18 Park Terrace: 4124 9th Ave
  • PS/IS 187 Hudson Cliffs: 349 Cabrini Blvd
  • PS 189: 2580 Amsterdam Ave (between W 188th & W 189th St)
  • Middle School 322: 4600 Broadway
  • PS 103 Dos Puentes Elementary School: 185 Wadsworth Ave
  • PS 48 P.O. Michael J. Buczek: 4360-78 Broadway
  • PS 28 Wright Brothers: 475 W 155th St
  • MS 328 Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry: 401 W 164th St
  • PS 828 Manhattan Alternate Learning Center @ Highbridge: 80 Audubon Ave
  • PS 314 Muscota/Amistad: 4862 Broadway (between Academy St & W 204th St)
  • PS 754 George Washington YABC : 549 Audobon Ave

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD WIC SITES:

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

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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. 

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD 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.

  • Dan Supermarket 2
    96 Sherman Ave 10034, (212) 544-8595
  • Presbyterian Deli
    2119 Amsterdam Ave 10032, (212) 543-2119
  • New University Deli
    603 W 168th St 10032, (212) 568-3838
  • Deli Grocery Store Corporation
    144 Nagle Ave 10040,
  • Y & A Deli Grocery
    4500 Broadway 10040,
  • Two Rivers Deli-Grocery
    1948 Amsterdam Ave 10032,
  • Key Food Supermarket
    1239 St Nicholas Ave 10032, (212) 781-4476
  • 272 Grocery Inc
    272 Sherman Ave 10034, (212) 942-0017
  • Carrot Top Pastries
    3931 Broadway 10032, (212) 927-4800
  • Nagle 99 Cents
    115 Nagle Ave 10040,
  • Dyckman Convenience
    100 Dyckman Ave 10040,
  • G & J Deli Food
    445 Audubon Ave 10040, (646) 484-6180
  • Rite Aid
    4910 Broadway 10034, (212) 569-2512
  • Carniceria El Futuro
    1622 St Nicholas Ave 10040, (212) 927-5607
  • Amigo Produce
    3842 9th Ave 10034, (212) 510-7444
  • Super Foodtown of Washington Heights
    600 W 160th St & Broadway 10032, (212) 923-1203
  • SS Fish Market
    76 Sherman Ave 10040, (212) 569-7685
  • Manhattan Gourmet Deli Corporation
    57 Audubon Ave 10032, (646) 651-9073
  • La Esperanza Supermarket
    101 Audubon Ave 10032, (212) 781-3641
  • Capy
    1320 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (646) 666-0479
  • 7-Eleven
    600 W 178th St 10033,
  • Rivera Fruits & Vegetables
    2011 Amsterdam Ave 10032, (646) 377-3083, (646) 850-0506
  • California Fruit 183
    1456 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (212) 568-2297
  • Liranzo Grocery
    1633 St Nicholas Ave 10040, (212) 927-5371
  • Santiago 2 Organic & Deli
    4380 Broadway 10040, (646) 838-8405
  • Big Farm Mex Produce
    2100 Amsterdam Ave, Unit 1 10032, (646) 918-7937
  • 581 R&V Food
    581 W 207th St 10034, (212) 569-2394
  • Bunny Deli
    1522 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (212) 781-3303
  • La Blanda Meat Market
    3824 Broadway 10032, (646) 791-5380
  • NY1 GOURMET DELI
    1983 Amsterdam Ave 10032, (212) 234-5609
  • 1 Guadalupe Victoria
    1484 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (212) 923-1039
  • Santo Domingo Grocery
    602 W 180th St 10033, (212) 781-4800
  • Williams Grocery Corp.
    257 Dyckman St 10034,
  • Family Fruit and Meat Market
    1474 St Nicholas Ave 10033,
  • 1517 Deli Grocery Corporation
    1517 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (212) 928-2232
  • Met Fresh Organic Supermarket
    3805 Broadway 10032, (646) 707-3678
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    5069 Broadway 10034, (212) 304-1200
  • Dollar$ Mart
    3848 Broadway 10032, (212) 795-0034
  • The Heights Market corp
    1520 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (212) 543-2101
  • Key Food Supermarket
    4138 Broadway 10033, (212) 927-4138
  • Frutera El Buen Camino
    3888 Broadway 10032,
  • 99 Cents & Discount
    1967 Amsterdam 10032, (212) 234-1204
  • 181 Gourmet Deli
    815 W 181st St 10033, (212) 740-0005
  • Netos Group Market
    1391 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (646) 964-4839
  • Habibi Deli & Grocery
    25 Sherman Ave 10040, (212) 304-2200
  • Rite Aid
    4188 Broadway 10033, (212) 781-5396
  • Presbyterian Deli
    1081 St Nicholas Ave 10032, (212) 568-3130
  • El Aguila Food
    248 Nagle Ave 10034, (212) 567-5055
  • Fine Fare Supermarket
    4776 Broadway 10034, (212) 304-1858
  • Tropical Supermarket
    534 W 207th St 10034,
  • Ricky Fruits, Vegetables & More
    3804 Broadway 10032, (646) 707-0564
  • Grill and Height Deli
    508 W 181st St 10033, (212) 923-3354
  • 24 Hrs Deli Grocery
    4133 Broadway 10033, (917) 262-0877
  • 1408 Gourmet Deli
    1408 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (646) 861-3420
  • Prestige Deli
    100 Thayer St 10040, (212) 567-6870
  • Shop Fair Supermarket
    3871 Broadway 10032, (212) 740-4422
  • Best Grocery Deli & Grill
    494 Audubon Ave 10040,
  • 99 Cent USA
    116a Dyckman St 10040, (212) 544-2830
  • Compare Foods Supermarket
    3815 9th Ave 10034, (212) 942-1271
  • Grab & Go Gourmet Deli
    559-599 W 164th St 10032, (212) 568-0730
  • Key Food Supermarket
    4365 Broadway 10033, (212) 740-3695
  • Emily Grocery
    1322 Saint Nicholas Ave 10033,
  • Food Gourmet Deli Grocery
    570 W 189th St 10040, (646) 922-7975
  • HB Deli Grocery
    3787a Broadway 10032, (917) 346-8706
  • La Oaxaquena Deli Grocery
    501 W 161st St 10032, (212) 795-2563
  • HG Food Market Inc
    4079 Broadway 10032, (212) 923-7357
  • CVS
    130 Dyckman St 10040, (212) 304-4739
  • Presbyterian Deli Corporation
    1230 St Nicholas Ave 10032, (212) 685-1230
  • Plaza de Las Americas
    651 W 175th St 10033,
  • Frank's Market
    807-809 W 187th St 10033,
  • Food Universe Marketplace
    72 Nagle Ave 10040, (212) 304-1300
  • Ozzie's Fresh Market
    592 Fort Washington Ave 10033, (212) 543-0721
  • Duane Reade
    133-141 Dyckman St 10040, (212) 567-1282
  • Fidel Gourmet Deli Inc
    4879 Broadway 10034,
  • Riru, Inc
    1380 Riverside Dr 10033, (917) 825-1801
  • Carniceria La Flor
    1623 St Nicholas Ave 10040, (212) 781-7343
  • Rite Aid
    4046 Broadway 10032, (212) 928-2550
  • Moscow on the Hudson
    801 W 181st St 10033, (212) 740-7397
  • Oasis Deli & Grill
    814 W 187th St #1218 10033, (212) 928-4239
  • Park Terrace Deli
    510 W 218th St #1 10034, (212) 569-5990
  • 74 Nagle Deli Grocery
    74 Nagle Ave 10040, (212) 569-0717
  • J & F Meat Market
    1975 Amsterdam Ave 10032, (212) 283-8800
  • Ny Deli Grocery Corporation
    1630 St Nicholas Ave 10040, (212) 923-3397
  • Liberato Food Market
    359 Audubon Ave 10033, (212) 923-1112
  • Discount Food Center
    720 W 181st St 10033, (646) 484-5741
  • CTown Supermarkets
    4918 Broadway 10034, (212) 567-4881
  • Dylan's Delicious Deli Grocery
    900 Riverside Dr #1 10032, (646) 684-4644
  • Gold Glove Deli and Grocery
    4415-4417 Broadway 10040, (646) 791-0497
  • Associated Supermarkets
    410 W 207th St 10034, (646) 692-4277
  • Sammy Deli
    120 Nagle Ave 10040, (646) 344-1972
  • Riverside Gourmet Market
    3779 Broadway 10032, (212) 368-9949
  • 3 Star Deli Grocery
    1045 St Nicholas Ave 10032, (646) 649-2054
  • Acapulco Deli Grocery
    192-206 Dyckman St 10040, (212) 304-3300
  • Rite Aid
    1033 St Nicholas Ave 10032, (212) 795-3218
  • Rite Aid
    1510 St Nicholas Ave 10033, (917) 521-7814
  • Win Deli & Grocery
    224 Nagle Ave 10034,
  • Family Dollar
    228 Nagle Ave 10034,
  • Burgos Family Grocery
    129 Post Ave 10034, (212) 567-6446

PARKS IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD:

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 WASHINGTON HEIGHTS/INWOOD:

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: 1/5/2021

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 12: Washington Heights and Inwood.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Manhattan Community District 12: Washington Heights and Inwood, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Washington Heights, Inwood & Marble Hill.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=112*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#10/40.7543/-73.9794.
  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 Washington Heights/Inwood.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017,https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS301_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 – Manhattan.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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