Some numbers illustrate the breadth and magnitude of our complex food system here in New York City and beyond.
Thanks to Nevin Cohen for sharing these numbers, from PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York
- Each year, more than 5.7 million tons of domestic and international food shipments flow into New York City
- 95% of the city’s food travels to New York City by truck
- Nearly 30% of the truck traffic over the George Washington Bridge on any given day is believed to be carrying food.
- About 60% of the city’s produce and about half of the city’s meat and fish passes through Hunts Point for sale and distribution to retailers and consumers.
- Every day, almost 13,000 trucks travel into and out of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.
- While most of New York’s retail square footage will not be at risk of surge, the buildings that are at risk are concentrated in low-income communities. The top four at-risk community districts- which are projected to have more than 75% of their food retail floor area in a floodplain by the 2050s– are all areas with high levels of low-income populations. This includes Coney Island, the Rockaways, Throgs Neck/Co-Op City and East Harlem.
- There are almost 700 food retail markets in FEMA’s PWM (Preliminary Work Map)-defined 100-year floodplain, representing more then 10% of the city’s food retail space. By the 2050s, almost 355 additional existing stores will be found in the projected 100-year floodplain- bringing the total of at-risk retail floor area to over 15% of the city’s total food retail space (close to 1030 stores)