Foodscape: Woodside/Sunnyside

by NYC Food Policy Editor

Woodside/Sunnyside 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 Blissville, Hunters Point, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside 

Zip codes include: 11101, 11104, 11377

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 135,972 (1.59% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of Woodside/Sunnyside and New York City (1)
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 34% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 2% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 26% White | NYC: 32% White
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 35% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 2% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • Woodside/Sunnyside Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 17%
    • 18-24 years: 8%
    • 25-44 years: 39%
    • 45-64 years: 24%
    • 65+ years: 12%
  • Life Expectancy
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 83.7 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 55% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in Woodside/Sunnyside to 16 bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,661,962 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 9.6% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 0.7% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 7.6% of households (2)| NYC: 22.5% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • 5 minutes or less: 62% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
    • 5-10 minutes: 20% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
    • 10 minutes or more: 17% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 92% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 8% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 17% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 79% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 20% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 19% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 9% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 23% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: $67,089 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 10.7% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 3.0% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 22.8% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 9.3 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 11% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 10 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • Woodside/Sunnyside: 72% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE 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.

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE  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)  

  • Queens New Roots (East): 41-38 69th St
  • Sunnyside Park Community Garden: 50th St & Barnett Ave
  • Queens New Roots (West): 41-38 69th St

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • HS 555 Newcomers High School: 28-01 41st Ave
  • PS 229 Emanuel Kaplan: 67-25 51st Road
  • Hunters Point Community Middle School: 1-50 51st Ave
  • PS 151 Mary D. Carter: 50-05 31st Ave
  • PS 112 Dutch Kills: 25-05 37th Ave
  • @ 151Q - D75 Satellite Site: 50-05 31st Ave
  • CS 359 Academy of the City Charter School: 31-29 60th St
  • PS 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald: 39-20 48th Ave
  • HS 299 Bard High School Early College Queens: 30-20 Thomson Ave
  • HS 610 Aviation Career & Technical Education High School: 45-30 36th St
  • MS 321 Growing Up Green Middle School: 36-49 11th St
  • Child Center of New York- Woodside: 60-02 Roosevelt Ave
  • PS 277 The Riverview School 277Q: 1-50 51st Ave
  • HS 600 Queens Vocational and Technical High School: 37-02 47th Ave
  • PS 4 PS004Q@ Skillman Avenue: 24-30 Skillman Ave
  • PS 110 : 48-25 37th St
  • Charter 321 Growing Up Green Charter School: 39-37 28th St

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE 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.

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE 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

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE 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. 

WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE 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 WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE:

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 WOODSIDE/SUNNYSIDE:

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: 3/30/21

REFERENCES:

  1. Hinterland, K, et al. “Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 2: Woodside and Sunnyside.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 2: Woodside and Sunnyside, 2018, pp.1-20.
  2. “Data2Go: Sunnyside & Woodside.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=402*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#11/40.7270/-73.8865
  3. “A Foodscape of Long Island City/Astoria” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS401_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 – Queens.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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