Performancing Metrics

  • There is no greater disparity between rich and poor in America than in New York. Evidence of this divide becomes apparent in statistics comparing New Yorker’s socioeconomic status with self-reported health records. Reports show that low-income households have the highest reported rates of poor health and illness, while high-income households report the lowest rates. This disparity has become one of the biggest debates in public health and in efforts to bridge this gap, programs like New York City’s Green Cart Initiative have emerged, providing access to affordable and healthy food options in underserved neighborhoods. In an attempt to illustrate the relationship between illness and socioeconomic status, I set out to create a visual record of the food options where the highest reported instances of poverty, obesity, diabetes, and people living without health insurance overlap with the placement of the Green Carts. When looking at our nation’s current health care system, the conversation often turns into a fiscal debate as the health and well being of American citizens are somehow only seen in dollars and cents. What doesn’t make sense and what is continually left out of this conversation, is a serious look at the root of these problems. There is a major health crisis happening right now and those who find themselves on the bottom rung of the economic ladder face the greatest risk to their health.

  • Closed Grocery Store On Block Lined With Vacant Buildings, Looking South From Fulton Street & Garvey Avenue, Brooklyn, 2009
    Closed Grocery Store On Block Lined With Vacant Buildings, Looking South From Fulton Street & Garvey Avenue, Brooklyn, 2009
  • Upside Down Shopping Cart On Vegetable Stand, Looking East From Jerome Avenue & East Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
    Upside Down Shopping Cart On Vegetable Stand, Looking East From Jerome Avenue & East Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
  • Neighborhood Residents In Front Of Tony’s, Looking West From Knickerbocker Avenue & Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Neighborhood Residents In Front Of Tony’s, Looking West From Knickerbocker Avenue & Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Spilled Chicken & French Fries, Looking East From Graham Avenue & Thornton Street, Brooklyn, 2010
    Spilled Chicken & French Fries, Looking East From Graham Avenue & Thornton Street, Brooklyn, 2010
  • McDonalds Drive-Thru Adjacent To Dominos Pizza, Looking Northeast From Jerome Avenue, Bronx, 2010
    McDonalds Drive-Thru Adjacent To Dominos Pizza, Looking Northeast From Jerome Avenue, Bronx, 2010
  • Empty Vegetable Stand On Valentines Day, Looking East From 3rd Avenue & 110th Street, New York, 2010
    Empty Vegetable Stand On Valentines Day, Looking East From 3rd Avenue & 110th Street, New York, 2010
  • Fried Food Under Hot Lights, Looking West From Jerome Avenue & West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2010
    Fried Food Under Hot Lights, Looking West From Jerome Avenue & West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2010
  • Sign That Has Been Taped To The Pole For Nearly A Year, Looking Northwest From Jerome Avenue & East Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
    Sign That Has Been Taped To The Pole For Nearly A Year, Looking Northwest From Jerome Avenue & East Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
  • Blueberries In The Gutter At Dawn Moments Before Street Sweeping, Looking East From Fulton Street & Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Blueberries In The Gutter At Dawn Moments Before Street Sweeping, Looking East From Fulton Street & Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Snow Pile In McDonalds Parking Lot, Looking Northeast From Whipple Street & Broadway, Brooklyn, 2010
    Snow Pile In McDonalds Parking Lot, Looking Northeast From Whipple Street & Broadway, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Family Sitting In Front Of Poultry Market, Looking West From Jerome Avenue & Buchanan Place, Bronx, 2010-11
    Family Sitting In Front Of Poultry Market, Looking West From Jerome Avenue & Buchanan Place, Bronx, 2010-11
  • Chinese Restaurant With Door Propped Open During A Heat Wave, Looking North From Knickerbocker Avenue & Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, 2010
    Chinese Restaurant With Door Propped Open During A Heat Wave, Looking North From Knickerbocker Avenue & Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, 2010
  • McDonalds Cup, Phone Cards, Ants Eating Banana Peel & Napkins, Looking South From West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
    McDonalds Cup, Phone Cards, Ants Eating Banana Peel & Napkins, Looking South From West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
  • Fried Chicken & Pizza Restaurant At Dusk, Looking South From Jerome Avenue & East 183rd Street, Bronx, 2010
    Fried Chicken & Pizza Restaurant At Dusk, Looking South From Jerome Avenue & East 183rd Street, Bronx, 2010
  • Grocery Store Coupons Placed On Door Knobs, Looking South From Myrtle Avenue & Bleecker Street, Brooklyn, 2010
    Grocery Store Coupons Placed On Door Knobs, Looking South From Myrtle Avenue & Bleecker Street, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Water Jug & Soda Cup In Abandoned Tire, Looking Southwest From Broadway & Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, 2010
    Water Jug & Soda Cup In Abandoned Tire, Looking Southwest From Broadway & Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Newsstand Displaying Current Milk Price, Looking North From Myrtle Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Newsstand Displaying Current Milk Price, Looking North From Myrtle Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Cleaning Supplies Inside Bodega Window, Looking South From Lexington Avenue & 105th Street, New York, 2010
    Cleaning Supplies Inside Bodega Window, Looking South From Lexington Avenue & 105th Street, New York, 2010
  • Food Cart In Front Of Mexican Restaurant, Looking West From Grand Concourse & Field Place, Bronx, 2010
    Food Cart In Front Of Mexican Restaurant, Looking West From Grand Concourse & Field Place, Bronx, 2010
  • Empty 40oz. Bottle At Dawn, Looking Southeast From West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
    Empty 40oz. Bottle At Dawn, Looking Southeast From West Burnside Avenue, Bronx, 2009
  • Food Prices Displayed In Butcher’s Window, Looking Southeast From Grand Concourse & East 184th Street, Bronx, 2010
    Food Prices Displayed In Butcher’s Window, Looking Southeast From Grand Concourse & East 184th Street, Bronx, 2010
  • Snow Cone Cart, Looking Northwest From Himrod Street & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Snow Cone Cart, Looking Northwest From Himrod Street & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Discarded Pack Of Newports, Looking East From Knickerbocker Avenue & Stanhope Street, Brooklyn, 2009
    Discarded Pack Of Newports, Looking East From Knickerbocker Avenue & Stanhope Street, Brooklyn, 2009
  • Inside Kennedy Fried Chicken, Looking South From Fulton Street & Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Inside Kennedy Fried Chicken, Looking South From Fulton Street & Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Late Night Food Menus, Looking West From Fulton Street & Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2009
    Breakfast, Lunch & Late Night Food Menus, Looking West From Fulton Street & Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, 2009
  • Hennessey Bottle & Wet One Wrapper, Looking North From 3rd Avenue & 109th Street, New York, 2010
    Hennessey Bottle & Wet One Wrapper, Looking North From 3rd Avenue & 109th Street, New York, 2010
  • Soda Machine At Tire Shop, Looking North from Jerome Avenue & West 181st Street, Bronx, 2009
    Soda Machine At Tire Shop, Looking North from Jerome Avenue & West 181st Street, Bronx, 2009
  • Burger King Bag Advertising Vegetable Content Of Its Hamburger, Looking West From Myrtle Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    Burger King Bag Advertising Vegetable Content Of Its Hamburger, Looking West From Myrtle Avenue & Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
  • It’s Time To Get Better, Looking East From Broadway & Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
    It’s Time To Get Better, Looking East From Broadway & Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, 2010
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