Healthy minds and bodies strengthen our community

Restoration is at the forefront of efforts to address health disparities in Brooklyn and empowering communities to improve access to healthy foods, increase physical activity, and abstain from high-risk behavior.


Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (CHN) promotes healthy eating and lifestyles in Central Brooklyn. Through multiple initiatives supported by public and private institutions, we are able to connect thousands of residents to free exercise classes and events, access to nutritious food, and equity in the distribution of foods to underserved populations.

Central Brooklyn is ranked sixth nationally for food hardship. With rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes exceeding state and city averages (Read Community Health Profiles ), it is no coincidence that communities of color face significant health challenges. CHN is leading a number of initiatives to address these issues.

Center for Healthy Neighborhoods has partnered with several local farmers’ markets to increase access to fresh local produce and promote healthy food options in Central Brooklyn. Click here for more info. 

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Food Access & Equity

  • FRESH SERIES:  check out for locations for affordable/free, fresh and locally grown produce, as well as tips and resources on how to prepare and eat healthy.

Physical Activity

Mental Health

For more information on improving or starting your healthy lifestyle, please contact: or call (718) 636-5591

Food Access and Equity

Access to fresh fruits and vegetables is the cornerstone of a healthy, active community. Since 2014, the Center for Healthy Neighborhoods(CHN) has annually served over 50,000 Central Brooklyn residents with locally sourced produce. Providing a pipeline for neighborhood institutions is critical for sustaining the local food system and boosting the local food economy. By creating a cost effective purchasing and distribution pipeline, we are able to meet demand for low and moderate income community members.

CHN aims to address food inequality in Central Brooklyn by cultivating strategic partnerships that can provide residents with direct access to healthy food and supporting institutions by establishing procurement practices and policies that facilitate access to fresh, healthy local produce.

Farm to Institution: We work with values-aligned sourcing partners to provide nutritious alternatives to senior centers and Headstart school programs in Central Brooklyn, integrating fresh produce into the daily meals of thousands of residents.

Advocacy & Outreach: We collaborate with other organizations to provide cooking demonstrations, farm tours, and direct funding access, advertising, and technical assistance to markets throughout Brooklyn.

Locally grown, farm fresh produce: CHN works to promote opportunities for free/low cost local produce. There are several farmers markets and other locations to access free/low cost farm shares.  Learn more about these opportunities and find tips and recipes for eating healthy.

Youth from the community are employed at the YouthMarker Farmers’ Market where they learn about healthy living and produce along with customer service skills and business fundamentals.

Physical Activity

Exercise has been proven to reduce stress, delay or reverse the onset of chronic disease, and create closer bonds with others. The Center for Healthy Neighborhoods promotes multiple ways to get the community moving.

Community Bike Rides: Weekly bike rides led by community members, politicians, Restoration staff to guided destinations. Free Citi Bikes are available for riders. Visit Community Bike Rides to learn more.

10K Run & 5K Walk: This yearly event has brought the community together for fitness, fun, and fellowship. Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and female winners. Register Here

Ask about discounts on Citi Bike annual membership by visiting or email us at

Connections to Care

Restoration is one of 14 community-based organizations selected to receive funding through the Mayor’s Social Innovation Fund to implement Connections to Care. Organizations like ours partner with mental health providers, train Financial and Customer service staff, and improve access to mental health support to clients. An on-site social worker is available to address issues clients have access to mental resources when needed.

Connections to Care is the largest public-private partnership of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC, in partnership with The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have been at the forefront of addressing mental health in New York City. Initiatives such as ThriveNYC, NYCWell and Connections to Care provide community organizations the tools and resources to provide mental health solutions to the communities we serve.

Get immediate help 24/7 coping with any mental health issue by visiting NYCWell


  • Screening for stress, anxiety, depression and substance abuse needs.
  • Referrals to on-site and external trained counselors and other support networks.


  • All members of the community are eligible for our mental health services.


  • Call customer service or simply walk in to schedule an appointment.


  • (718) 636-6994 or email





Food Access & Equity


Creating Integrated Strategies for Increasing Access to Healthy Affordable Food in Urban Communities: A Case Study of Intersecting Food Initiatives

In New York and other cities, substantial evidence documents that community food environments interact with inequitable allocation of power, wealth, and services to shape the distribution of diet related diseases and food insecurity. This case study shows how Restoration has lunched multiple coordinated food initiatives in order to reduce the burden of food-related health problems.



Good Food, Great Kids: Making Practice and Policy Work for Farm to Early Childcare & Education

Children receive an estimated 50%-70% of their nutrients in early care facilities, including day care and Head Start, and Early Head Start programs. Unfortunately, not all of the food served in these facilities has the nutritional value needed for growing bodies. In impoverished communities, gaining access to healthy foods is even more difficult. This report details how Restoration’s Center for Healthy Neighborhoods began with 1 Head Start site and the methods it used to expand across central Brooklyn




Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Farm to Early Care Program: A Foundation for a Healthier, Stronger Central Brooklyn Families and Communities

Can community-rooted organizations build the power to promote health, equity and community development? In this policy brief, staff from the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) and the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute describe one effort to mobilize community assets to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting well-being, prosperity, increased community power and pathways out of poverty.




Working Together to Improve Community-Level Health: The Evolution of the New York City Food & Fitness Partnership

The New York City Food & Fitness Partnership case study discusses how the scope and abundance of diverse community stakeholders can create difficulties when addressing and conducting work in a large city landscape.





A Guide to Growing Good Food Jobs in New York City

Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Settlement Houses (SHs) strive to create strong, healthy communities that make it easier for their residents to find healthy affordable food and good jobs. Good food jobs pay a decent wage; offer benefits, safe working conditions and pathways for career advancement; and make healthy affordable food more available in low-income communities. To advance work on achieving these goals, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation New York City (LISC NYC), United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered to identify promising models for integrating workforce development and healthy food access.


Physical Activity


Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy

Restoration leads the Better Bike Share Partnership with partners including Citi Bike Operator Motivate, the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, two local hospitals, and many more. What began as a pilot has now flourished into a citywide program. Our partnership has expanded with the goal of replicating our success across communities of color across New York City.



Center for Healthy Neighborhoods has partnered with Citi Bike and other community organizations to launch webinars to educate and raise awareness of our bike share work, and help other organizations replicate our model. Whether starting or expanding bike share programming, partner organizations like Citi Bike, Interfaith Medical Center, and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have shared best practices and information about the latest actions and policy efforts in bike share equity.

View the recordings of webinars below.

Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health

- Part 1 -February 13th, 2018 - Description:
Bike share programming can be used as a workforce development tool to empower employees and clients to improve their health through increased physical activity and mobility. This webinar will present a case study of Brooklyn-based Interfaith Medical Center's work as a model for replication by healthcare providers, nonprofits, and employers.


Building Subsidized Bike Share to Improve Community Health

– Part 2 -Feb 27th, 2018 - Description:
This webinar spotlights two unique organizations- CORE, which services homeless and re-entry populations, as well as Per Scholas, which is a citywide workforce development organization- and describes how they used bike share to support their employees and customers.

Promoting Bike Share Through Ride Leadership and Community Events

March 27, 2018

Webinar Information:

Learn how a community may use weekly bike rides and community events as a means of promoting a culture of biking. This webinar will demonstrate how communities such as Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem have used these vehicles to better engage residents and promote the health and wellness of residents.


Promoting Bike Share through Youth Engagement

April 24, 2018 - 2pm

Webinar Information

This webinar explores a variety of efforts in NYC being used to engage youth as early adopters of Citi Bike. Strategies include ways to better connect youth to biking as a mode of transportation to school, work and recreation with examples including NYC pilots such as Citi Bike to School and Citi Bike for Youth.

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Biking Your Way to a Bigger Bank Account

May 22, 2018 - 2pm

Webinar Information:

Learn how bike share can be used by both organizations and individuals as a valuable tool to increase savings. This webinar addresses how various membership options can support your clients, staff, and broader community. Hear from financial counseling professionals on how to translate transportation savings into other areas of one’s financial plan. The session also addresses how bike share can be used as an entry point for the unbanked, encouraging them to open a bank account and address credit issues impeding their financial health.

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December 2020

Free Fresh Produce

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

630 Flushing Ave, 630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Restoration will be hosting weekly farm share pick ups. There only 72 shares available so this will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.  Pick ups are Friday starting at 12 PM until we run out on the first floor at our office at 630 Flushing Avenue. For any questions, please reach out to Alexis Harrison at or 917-740-8120.

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Free Fresh Produce

December 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

630 Flushing Ave, 630 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Restoration will be hosting weekly farm share pick ups. There only 72 shares available so this will be FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.  Pick ups are Friday starting at 12 PM until we run out on the first floor at our office at 630 Flushing Avenue. For any questions, please reach out to Alexis Harrison at or 917-740-8120.

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