Foodscape: Williamsbridge/Baychester

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Williamsbridge/Baychester 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 Baychester, Eastchester, Edenwald, Olinville, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Woodlawn

*All data from DATA2GO includes Wakefield, Williamsbridge, & Woodlawn

Zip codes include: 10466, 10467, 10469, 10470

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 156,542 (1.83% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Williamsbridge/Baychester and New York City (1)
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 25% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 65% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 6% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 2% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Williamsbridge/Baychester Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 24%
    • 18-24 years: 10%
    • 25-44 years: 27%
    • 45-64 years: 26%
    • 65+ years: 13%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 81.4 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 40% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Williamsbridge/Baychester to bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 5,850,169 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 22.3% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 0.5% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 27.1% of households (2)| NYC: 22.4% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Northeast Bronx (Zipcodes 10466, 10469, 10470, 10475)
      • 5 minutes or less: 41% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 18% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 36% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 88% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 12% of adults (2) | NYC: 13% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 29% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 78% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 30% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 24% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 14% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 39% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: $51,581 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 19.0% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 6.5% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 34.8% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 7.5 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 6% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 23 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Williamsbridge/Baychester: 71% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER COMMUNITY GARDENS: 

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER 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)  

  • Carpenter Avenue Community Garden: 4501 Carpenter Ave
  • NYCHA - Pelham - Pelham Organics: 985 Waring Ave
  • Bissel Gardens: 4510 Furman Ave
  • Jim Mackey Eastchester Road Community Garden: 3658 Eastchester Rd
  • 211th Street Community Garden: 3537 Carlisle Pl

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • Bedford Park Elementary School: 3177 Webster Ave
  • Charter 718 Bronx Charter School for Better Learning: 3740 Baychester Ave
  • PS 97 : 1375 Mace Ave
  • PS 96 Richard Rodgers: 650 Waring Ave
  • PS 121 Throop: 2750 Throop Ave
  • PS 56 Norwood Heights: 3177 Webster Ave
  • PS 94 Kings College School: 3530 Kings College Pl
  • MS 566 Pelham Gardens Middle School: 2545 Gunther Ave
  • HS 288 Collegiate Institute for Math and Science: 925 Astor Ave
  • HS 299 Astor Collegiate Academy: 925 Astor Ave
  • PS 68 Public School 68: 4011 Monticello Ave
  • PS/MS 20 P.O.George J. Werdann, III: 3050 Webster Ave
  • PS/MS 89 : 980 Mace Ave
  • HS 265 Bronx Lab School: 800 E Gun Hill Rd
  • HS 270 Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship: A College Board School: 921 E 228th St
  • MS 532 Baychester Middle School: 3750 Baychester Ave

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER 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.

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER 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

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER 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. 

WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER 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 WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER:

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 WILLIAMSBRIDGE/BAYCHESTER:

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:

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 12: Williamsbridge and Baychester.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Bronx Community District 12: Williamsbridge and Baychester, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Wakefield, Williamsbridge and Woodlawn.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/map/?id=212*36047015900*ahdi_puma!undefined!ns*!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#10/40.9042/-73.9641.
  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 The Northeast Bronx.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS102_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 – Bronx.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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