Foodscape: South Ozone Park/Howard Beach

by NYC Food Policy Editor

South Ozone Park/Howard Beach 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 Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Old Howard Beach, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park

*All data from DATA2GO includes Howard Beach & Ozone Park

Zip codes include: 11414, 11420, 11430

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

DEMOGRAPHICS:

  • Total Population: 125,603 (1.47% of NYC population) (1)
  • Population by Race and Ethnicity of South Ozone Park/Howard Beach and New York City (1)
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 24% Latino | NYC: 29% Latino
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 20% Black | NYC: 22% Black
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 24% White | NYC: 32% White
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 25% Asian/Pacific Islander | NYC: 15% Asian
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 6% Other | NYC: 2% Other
  • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach Population by Age: (1)
    • 0-17 years: 22%
    • 18-24 years: 9%
    • 25-44 years: 28%
    • 45-64 years: 28%
    • 65+ years: 13%
  • Life Expectancy
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 81.9 years (2) | NYC: 82.1 years (2)
  • Born Outside the US: 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 45% (1) | NYC: 37% (1)

NEIGHBORHOOD ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD:

  • Supermarket to Bodega Ratio: One (1) supermarket in South Ozone Park/Howard Beach to bodegas (1)
  • Meal Gap (# of meals needed per year for food security): 2,924,411 (2)
  • Food Insecurity
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 12.2% of residents (2)| NYC: 15.4% of residents (2)
  • Residences that Lack a Kitchen: 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 0.2% of housing units (2)| NYC: 0.8% (2)
  • Households Receiving SNAP Benefits: 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 15.2% of households (2)| NYC: 21% of households (2)
  • Walking Distance to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: (4)
    • Includes data from Southwest Queens (Zipcodes 11414, 11415, 11416, 11417, 11419, 11420, 11421)
      • 5 minutes or less: 37% (Compared to 49% New York City-wide)
      • 5-10 minutes: 23% (Compared to 18% New York City-wide)
      • 10 minutes or more: 37% (Compared to 32% New York City-wide)

FOOD CONSUMPTION:

  • At Least One Serving of Fruits or Vegetables Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 83% (1) | NYC: 87% (1)
  • No Fruits and Vegetables Yesterday: 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 17% of adults (2) | NYC: 12.9% of adults (2)
  • One or More 12-ounce Sugary Drinks Per Day (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 30% (1) | NYC: 23% (1)

HEALTH AND DISEASE STATUS:

  • Adults Reporting Their Own Health as “Excellent,” “Very Good” or “Good” (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 77% (1) | NYC: 78% (1)
  • Obesity (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 27% (1) | NYC: 24% (1)
  •  Childhood Obesity (percent of public school children in grades K through 8): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 21% (1) | NYC: 20% (1)
  • Diabetes (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 19% (1) | NYC: 11% (1)
  • Hypertension (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 34% (1) | NYC: 28% (1)

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

  • Median Household Income
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: $72,400 (2) | NYC: $63,132 (2)
  • Poverty (percent of households with incomes below poverty): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 12.4% (2) | NYC: 19.7% (2)
  • Unemployment (percent of people ages 16 and older): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 4.7% (2) | NYC: 4.5% (2)
  • Extreme Housing Burden (percent of renters): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 34.4% (2) | NYC: 29.5% (2)

EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY BURDEN

  • Air Pollution (micrograms of fine particulate matter per cubic meter): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 6.8 (1) | New York City-wide: 7.5 (1)
  • Bicycle Network Coverage (percent of streets with bike lanes): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 4% (1) | New York City-wide: 10% (1)
  • Pedestrian Injury Hospitalizations (per 100,000 people): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 21 (1) | New York City-wide: 23 (1)
  • Any Physical Activity in the Past 30 Days (percent of adults): 
    • South Ozone Park/Howard Beach: 69% (1) | New York City-wide: 73% (1)

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH GREENTHUMB GARDENS:

There are over 600 GreenThumb community gardens across the city, and any resident can join a garden. There are no GreenThumb Gardens in South Ozone Park/Howard Beach. Find the most up-to-date list of gardens using GreenThumb’s searchable Garden Map. (5)  

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH SCHOOL GARDENS:

  • MS 226 Virgil I. Grissom: 121-10 Rockaway Blvd
  • PS 124 Osmond A Church: 129-15 150th Ave
  • PS 232 Lindenwood: 153-23 83rd St

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH FARMERS’ MARKETS: 

There are no farmers’ markets in South Ozone Park/Howard Beach. 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.

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. 

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH 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

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH 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. 

SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH 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 SOUTH OZONE PARK/HOWARD BEACH:

To ensure the below businesses and organizations are open, 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, Queens Community District 10: South Ozone Park and Howard Beach.” Community Health Profiles 2018, Queens Community District 10: South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, 2018, pp. 1–20.
  2. “Data2Go: Howard Beach & Ozone Park.” data2go.Nyc, Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council and Helmsley Charitable Trust, https://data2go.nyc/cd/?id=410*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#
  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 Southwest Queens.” New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College, Mar. 2017, https://www.nycfoodpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/FS407_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 – Queens.” NYCdata, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, https://www.baruch.cuny.edu/nycdata/population-geography/maps-boroughs.htm.

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