Two Bridges NeighborFood

Since closure of the Cherry Street Pathmark was publicly announced in September 2012, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council (TBNC) has worked with community residents, organizations, businesses, and elected officials to protect and enhance access to fresh and affordable food in the culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse Two Bridges / Lower East Side area — which remains among the lowest-income neighborhoods in Manhattan, and has one of the highest rates of reliance on food subsidy benefits.

On December 19, 2013, TBNC officially launched an innovative “buy local” campaign, Two Bridges NeighborFood, aimed at keeping local dollars in the local community, supporting small businesses and strengthening social ties among neighborhood residents.

The first phase of the NeighborFood initiative was the release of a detailed Grocery Guide to the neighborhood. The tri-lingual guide enables residents to locate the goods & services they require, while directing customers to local businesses.  A year of research and community outreach to residents and businesses is reflected in the guide, part of a larger strategy strengthen the local food network and small business economy, including bodegas, small-scale groceries, fruit and vegetable stands and pharmacies.

TBNC received a pro bono service grant from desigNYC in 2013 to work with internationally known designers TODA to design the guide, which will be available in digital & paper form. The printed guides continue to be distributed through a network of neighborhood organizations and business, and is available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Chinese (to view guides click the images below).


Note: the Two Bridges NeighborFood Grocery Guides were updated in the Spring of 2016

Over 85 store-owners across the Lower East Side, Two Bridges and Chinatown worked with our survey teams to report essential data on food availability, food subsidy access, store infrastructure, and distribution networks. TBNC developed the guide in partnership with Urbane Development, with generous support from NYC Department of Small Business Services, and The New York Community Trust.

Council Member Margaret Chin (District 1): “This Neighborhood Grocery Guide will be an excellent resource for Two Bridges residents and the local community who want to learn about the affordable, healthy, diverse food options this area has to offer.  This guide will also help support our small business neighbors, stimulate our local economy, and keep our hard-earned money in the community. I thank the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council for their ongoing commitment to serving the Lower East Side.”   Victor Papa, President, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council: “We want to foster a bond between local residents and their local grocers. This bond keeps the money here, increases choices, assures prosperity for local businesses, and better healthier choices for our families.”

Press Coverage on NeighborFood:

Bowery Boogie: Two Bridges Neighborhood Council Launches ‘NeighborFood’ Campaign

Downtown Express: Marking New Path to Affordable Food

DNAInfo: Tours Will Help Locals Find Low-Cost Fresh Food South of Manhattan Bridge

The Lo-Down: Two Bridges Grocery Guide Released

NYC Small Business Services: Exploring the Diverse Markets of Two Bridges

The Two Bridges NeighborFood Grocery Guides is now available in digital form!

Our printed NeighborFood Grocery Guides can be found in the following locations:

Business/Organization Address
47 Division Trading Co. Inc. 47 Division St. 
Asian Americans For Equality 111 Division St.
Association of Latino Business Owners & Residents 187 Stanton St. 
Aqua Best Inc. 276 Grand St. 
Bor Kee Food Market 241 Grand St. 
Bow Ding Seafood 43 Division St. 
Cabrini Immigrant Services 139 Henry St.
Charles B. Wang Community Center 268 Canal St.
Chatham Square Library 33 East Broadway
Chinatown Partnership/Chinatown BID 60 St James Place
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association 62 Mott St.
City Lore 72 E 1st St #1
DC Meat Market 36 East Broadway 
East Side Kosher 504-510 Grand St.
Eastern Supermarket 335 Grand St.
The Educational Alliance – Programs for Older Adults 197 East Broadway
Fine Fare Supermarket 175 Clinton St.
Fine Fare Supermarket 545 Grand St.
Full Hing Trading Inc. 122 Madison St. 
Fuzhou Good Taste Grocery 75 East Broadway, #25 
George Meat Market, Inc. 288 Grand St. 
Golden Way Market Inc. 11 Market St.
Good Old Lower East Side 171 Avenue B
Grand Century Market, Inc. 281 Grand St.
Grand Star Lotto Store 242 Grand St. 
Grand Street Settlement 80 Pitt St.
GreenStar Foods 95 Delancey St.
Hai Thanh Seafood 19-21 Henry St. 
Hamilton Madison House 100 Gold Street & 257 South St.
Heng Li Grocery Store 329 Grand St. 
Heng Yun Market Food Company 94 Hester St. 
Henry Street Settlement 265 Henry St.
Hester Corner Grocery 119-D Hester St. 
Hong Kong Supermarket 157 Hester St. 
Immigrant Social Services 137 Henry St.
Jian Chang Co., Inc. 25 Division St. 
Kai Xin Grocery 105 Henry St., #5
Ken Hing Food Market, Inc. 247 Grand St. 
Key Food 43 Columbia St.
King Chong Meat Market, Inc. 337 Grand St. 
LOHO Realty 397 Grand St.
Luis Meat Market 120 Essex St. (Essex St. Market)
Lower East Side BID 54 Orchard St.
Min Rong Supermarket 101 East Broadway 
Mott Street Senior Center 180 Mott St.
New Lou Cheng Market, Inc. 57 East Broadway 
New York Supermarket 75 East Broadway 
Ni Chong Grocery Store 139 Division St. 
NY Chinatown Senior Citizen Center 70 Mulberry St.
Papito Grocery 38 Jefferson St.
S+J Grocery Inc. 27 Essex St. 
Safe Horizon Lang House
Seward Park Library 192 East Broadway
Southbridge Adult and Senior Citizens Center 90 Beekman St.
Stop 1 Deli 265 Cherry St.
Stop 1 Deli 201 Madison St.
Supreme Chicken Mkt 25 Catherine St.
SX 123 Essex St.
T&Tai Hing Food Market 1 Essex St.
The Hai Sein Co. 253-249 Grand St. 
Tin Duc Food Market, Inc. 129 East Broadway
Town Deli Inc. 207 Henry St.
Two Bridges YMCA 286 South St.
University Settlement 184 Eldridge St./189 Allen St.
Village Deli & Grocery 57 Market St.
Viva Fruits + Vegetables 120 Essex St. (Essex St. Market)
Wai Wah Market 17 Catherine St. 
Xin He Grocery 29A Henry St. 
Yong Hui Food Inc. 36 Market St.
Zhou Hui Grocery Store 13B Market St.