November 23, 2010 — A report released yesterday by the New York City Council found that "there are still 1.4 million New Yorkers who live in households that cannot afford an adequate supply of nutritious food" and that "nearly 3 million residents in New York City lack adequate fresh food retail in their neighborhood."
This photo essay looks not at extremes of want, but at Clinton Hill and Cobble Hill, neighborhoods within two miles of each other in Brooklyn at varying stages of gentrification. (Even between these two neighborhoods, however, there are real differences. In general, a greater variety of local food and fresh food — as well as "luxury" food — is available in Cobble Hill.) A future essay will examine the sharp contrast evident in a "low food availability" neighborhood.