NYC Food by the Numbers: Zoning for Health: Food

by nycadmin

Seven neighborhoods have begun a community rezoning process. Here we compare these communities using data from the NYC Department of Health’s 2015 Community Health Profiles. How can zoning shape our local food environments to improve our health?

CHD map

  • East Harlem – Manhattan District 11 (“East Harlem Community Health Profile”)
  • East New York – Brooklyn District 5 and 16 (“East New York and Starrett City” and “Brownsville” Community Health Profiles)
  • Flushing West – Queens District 7 (“Flushing and Whitestone Community Health Profile”)
  • Bay Street – Staten Island District 1 (“St. George and Stapleton Community Health Profile”)
  • Jerome Avenue – Bronx Districts 4 and 5 (“Highbridge and Concourse” and “Fordham and University Heights” Community Health Profiles)
  • Inwood – Manhattan District 12 (“Washington Heights and Inwood Community Health Profile”)
  • Long Island City – Queens Districts 1 and 2 (“Long Island City and Astoria” and “Woodside and Sunnyside” Community Health Profiles)

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Note: East Harlem ranks third in supermarket square footage per 100 population. We recommend deeper analysis to determine which stores in particular contribute to this high square footage and if they are in fact accessible to most residents (for example, if the numbers are bolstered by Target and Costco, which are not accessible to all, this still suggests an issue with food access).

Sources and Additional Information:

Cohen N. Zoning and the City’s Food System: Recap and a Look Ahead.

Food Policy for Breakfast Seminar 11/17/15: Zoning and the City’s Food System- Resources (presentations, video and audio)

Infographic on closure of Pathmark on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, an important source of fresh, healthy and affordable food in this community.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Community Health Profiles 2015.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Vital Statistics.

November 25, 2015

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