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Oct 28, 2013 09:37 AM

Where are the worst "food deserts" in Brooklyn?

Hello Chowhounders,

I know we're all generally interested in finding areas with an abundance of GOOD food, but for now I'm looking for the opposite. I'm hoping some of you can assist me with a grad school project I'm working on related to the issue of food access. What neighborhoods, in your opinion, have the fewest options for buying fresh, healthy food? I'm primarily interested in Brooklyn (because I live there), but could go anywhere in the city. Do they have actual supermarkets, or primarily bodegas? If you wouldn't mind suggesting a central location or intersection from which to begin my research, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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  1. Its certainly not the most poorly served neighborhood but you may want to look into the loss of Windsor Terrace's (pretty sad, imo) Key Foods.

    I'm not meaning to imply a false equivalence between the issues faced by that community after losing its sole proper grocery store and others which never had any to begin with, but i sure think there are interesting differences between the coverage and responses which could inform any study of food access in BK.

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      Interesting, I hadn't heard of this. Certainly seems ripe for analysis compared to other underserved and less affluent areas.

      Glad they got something to meet their needs, though swapping one KF for another hardly seems like cause for rejoicing. And unlike poor neighborhoods, they do have access to Fresh Direct and a decent farmers' market.