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Earlier this week, the Department of City Planning (DCP) and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a partnership proposal to update and expand the FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health) program, which allows developers to get extra floor area in their buildings in exchange for including a supermarket. The program has seen little change since it was enacted in 2009, and a 2018 DCP analysis found that many neighborhoods, especially low-income ones, are underserved by grocery stores despite the program. This disparity was further exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic.

To that end, the proposal suggests expanding the program to 11 new community districts in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Additional updates include adding criteria so as to prevent oversaturation, and allowing those renovating their building to include supermarkets to bypass the expense of replacing walls with windows.

“The expansion of the FRESH zoning incentive is a major step forward in our fight to ensure all New Yorkers can eat healthy no matter where they live” - Speaker Corey Johnson

The FRESH program update will enter public review later this year. In the meantime, many luxury buildings are playing up grocery stores nearby, if not right in the building, as much as they would their over-the-top amenities. Convenience has been at a premium at a time when no one wanted to be out of the house for longer than necessary; and, even in the rosiest of times, even the most die-hard New Yorkers weren’t enthusiastic about lugging heavy bags of groceries for several blocks, if not on the subway. Add in the Trader Joe’s effect, and it’s no wonder this is a perk that is more universally adored than some of the more niche amenities that have emerged in newly constructed buildings.

Below, we take a look at a number of buildings throughout the city with grocery stores within a few blocks, if not an elevator ride away. The buildings are ranked by the nearby grocery stores' Yelp rating.

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22-43-Jackson-Avenue-02 Rendering of Prime via Viserio
From the listing: This stunning corner unit possesses 941 interior square footage and 86 feet of private outdoor space, airy 10' ceilings, expansive floor-to-ceiling Lami windows with thermal insulation, wide plank white oak flooring, energy efficient multi-zone heating and cooling, and a convenient Miele washer/dryer. The kitchen is equipped with custom white oak cabinetry wit LED under-cabinet lighting, veined quartzite countertops, a matching backsplash, and a suite of fully-integrated high-end Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Trader Joe's, 22-43 Jackson Avenue
Opening estimated for summer 2021

22-43-Jackson-Avenue-02 The Prime circa January 2021 via CityRealty

1-Wall-Street-01 Rendering of One Wall Street via DBOX for Macklowe Properties

Whole Foods, 1 Wall Street
Opening estimated for late 2021

3-Sutton-Place-01 Rendering via Gamma Real Estate

Trader Joe's, 403-415 East 59th Street
Opening estimated for late 2021

Trader-Joes-01 Rendering via MADDD Equities LLC for Landmarks Preservation Commission

121-West-125th-Street-01 Rendering via Beyer Blinder Belle

Trader Joe's, 121 West 125th Street
Opening estimated for 2023

30-East-29th-Street-01 All images of Rose Hill via CORE NYC
From the listing: Residence 20C is an 813-square-foot 1-bedroom, 1-bath with a fantastic northern view overlooking iconic architecture. Interiors boast rusticated hardwood floors, bronze-finished hardware, and soaring ceilings of up to 11 feet high with window heights of 9 feet. The open kitchen with Miele appliances features custom ultra-matte, dark charcoal woodwork, metal-framed glass upper cabinetry, and Calacatta honed marble countertops. Anchored by a custom-designed vanity, the dramatic primary bath offers brass-finished fixtures and radiant heated floors in dark, veined marble. Ample closet space and washer/dryers complete this ideal home, which can be augmented with storage available at additional cost. See floor plan and full details here.

Whole Foods, 63 Madison Avenue
Opening TBA

63-Madison-Avenue-01 Rendering of 63 Madison Avenue via Wilkinson Eyre

Now Open
180-East-88th-Street-01 180 East 88th Street via DDG
180-East-88th-Street-02 Interiors via Robert Granoff
From the Listing: Residence 20A at 180 East 88 presents a corner two-bedroom, two and a half baths, with soaring 14' ceilings encompassing midtown views to the south, as well as extensive city views to the north. Prewar style inspired detailing begins in the elliptical entry gallery with coved ceilings and custom plaster wainscoting complemented by an oval pattern inset into the herringbone flooring. Residence 20A features an open-plan living and dining area encompassing a custom-designed kitchen with white lacquered cabinetry by Molteni & C Dada for DDG, Statuario marble countertop, as well as a full suite of Gaggenau appliances and brass fixtures by Fantini. See floor plan and full details here.

"I really appreciate the workers who were there [during the pandemic] - they were still very friendly and working hard" - Sarah X.

The Upper East Side is known for gracious living, and its Whole Foods outpost lives up to that with offerings like custom floral arrangements, fresh pasta by the pound, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

300-West-122nd-Street-01 All images of 300 West via Douglas Elliman
From the Listing: Introducing the immaculate residence 11J at 300 West, a 1,300-square-foot southwestern-facing three bedroom, two and a half bathroom, offering extensive living/dining space that boasts custom White Oak herringbone flooring, central heating and air conditioning, and insulated oversized windows. The custom kitchen designed by Paris Forino, is complete with White Oak cabinetry and Carrara marble countertops and backsplash. This unique kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf oven and gas range, Cove dishwasher and a summit wine refrigerator. See floor plan and full details here.

"There are too few quality grocery stores in Harlem" - Pamela S.

When Harlem's first Whole Foods opened, real estate agents and residents alike saw it as a sign of the neighborhood's upswing. Over three and a half years later, a Trader Joe's is on the way (see above) and locals have come to embrace the store's selection of beers, cheeses, and baked goods. Additional offerings include a Market Burger outpost, mochi bar, and nut butter grinding station.

252-East-57th-Street-01 All images of 252 East 57th Street via Compass
From the Listing: This spacious 1930-square-foot, 3-bedroom 3-bath corner home, in pristine condition, features oversized windows with beautiful open river and city views. Residence 36B has a 28' living/dining room with 10' ceilings and a deluxe north-facing windowed Eggersmann kitchen with walnut cabinetry, white quartz countertops, Miele appliances: microwave with convection, wine refrigerator, vented 5 burner cooktop, oven, dishwasher, and a deep Kohler sink. The generously sized primary bedroom has a walk-in closet adjacent to a second closet and a gracious windowed en-suite master bath with polished white Nanoglass walls, radiant heat floors, walnut vanity with white Nanoglass top, custom designed 6' soaking bathtub, glass enclosed shower and a glass enclosed Toto water closet. See floor plan and full details here.

"The seafood section of this particular store markets some of the freshest seafood in Manhattan" - Peter S.

As we wait for the Landmarks-approved Trader Joe's to open in the former location of the BridgeMarket Food Emporium, locals have this Whole Foods to meet their gourmet grocery needs. Customers appreciate the seafood selection, and the store offers a squeeze-your-own orange juice machine and nut butter grinding station.

1-Hanson-Place-01 One Hanson Place via Corcoran
From the Listing: "Views for miles" is no exaggeration in this delightful one-bedroom apartment at the iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank Building (One Hanson Place). The open floor plan offers plenty of space for living and dining, with two large windows that look southward over brownstone Brooklyn, as far as the eye can see. The spacious kitchen offers plentiful storage and workspace, with Lava stone countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a professional grade Viking cooktop, oven and dishwasher, and a Sub-Zero fridge. Other wonderful features of this fantastic apartment include 10' ceilings, chestnut flooring throughout, custom blinds and a PRIVATE, DEEDED STORAGE SPACE that comes with the unit. The location can’t be beat, with 10 subway lines, the LIRR, Barclays Center, Target, the Apple Store, and Whole Foods literally out the front door. See floor plan and full details here.

"Is it the ease of location? Just steps from Atlantic. Or maybe it's the ABUNDANCE of plant-based/vegan options present." - Racquel B.

Given its address near the myriad subway lines at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, it's easy for Brooklynites to pick up groceries. This location has Juice Press and Next Level Burger eateries, and additional offerings include a mochi bar and nut butter grinders.

212-West-95th-Street-01 All images of Dahlia via Reuveni Real Estate
From the listing: This three bedroom home is graciously appointed with 9'-5'' ceilings, generously proportioned living space with a large terrace, and three full bathrooms. Northern, western, and southern exposures bathe this residence in natural light while the 7'-1/2'' wide plank oak floors bring an air of modern elegance throughout the home. Opening to the large living room, you are greeted by clean, white, polished quartz counter tops and sleek grey glass cabinetry. Accessed through the kitchen, the setback terrace overlooks 95th Street with sun-drenched northern and eastern views. See floor plan and full details here.

"I come here for essentially everything: from grocery shopping, dinner at times...and pick up a few drinks along the way" - Jacky C.

Between the gourmet grocery offerings, beer growler fill-ups, and wine store, this Whole Foods outpost truly is a one-stop shop for gourmands. The store also offers a squeeze-your-own orange juice station, nut butter grinders, and bulk Whole Body products.

252-Seventh-Avenue-01 All images of Chelsea Mercantile via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: At 2,200 square feet this corner loft with over 13' ceilings and tall oversized windows, Apartment 3I is truly a unique offering of prewar elegance completed with modern design. A gracious entry gallery leads you into the massive living and dining area that creates a perfect entertaining space. The pristine hardwood floors throughout, generous built-ins, an abundance of natural light, and designer custom lighting for showcasing art are some of the features that make this apartment so special. There is a Whole Foods located at the ground level, making grocery shopping more than convenient. See floor plan and full details here.

"I love the quality of the groceries here! Don't be discouraged if there is a long line" - Cara T.

Customers of this Whole Foods are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the store's hot bar with its extensive selection catering to all diets and tastes. In the meantime, it continues to offer fresh fruit, squeeze-your-own orange juice station, nut butter grinders, mochi bar, and bulk Whole Body, sweeteners, and spices.

15-Union-Square-West-01 All images of 15 Union Square West via Corcoran
From the listing: Reintroducing the ultimate in Penthouse living, this truly one-of-a-kind home features over 5,000 square feet of extraordinary indoor and outdoor living spaces with incredible custom details and skyline views. Completely redesigned by D’Apostrophe, the 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath residence has expansive private outdoor space on both the upper and lower levels. Premium upgrades grace the ambience throughout, such as beautiful 6” white oak plank hardwood floors, custom espresso stained white oak paneling, and superior total home technology that affords a seamless luxury lifestyle See floor plan and full details here.

"This place is definitely a one-stop shop" - Betty L.

Given its proximity to Union Square, this Whole Foods outpost is ideal for grabbing groceries or even a meal for a park picnic. Shoppers appreciate the variety of prepared foods, organic produce, and bulk Whole Body and spice selections.

280-Metropolitan-Avenue-01 All images of 280 Metropolitan Avenue via Compass
From the listing: Penthouse D at 280 Metropolitan Avenue is a spacious 1,698-square-foot three-bed, three-bath home with 598 square feet of private, beautifully landscaped outdoor space. This is the premiere home for work from home living. The home features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout with endless Manhattan and Long Island City views. The upgraded open kitchen with custom table and seating built-in includes designer Quartz countertop, walnut cabinets with white lacquer accent and custom Simon Pearce lighting. 280 Metropolitan has a 15 year tax abatement with approximately 10 years remaining. See floor plan and full details here.

"I love finding cool products here and there" - Miriam W.

Williamsburg has experienced a retail renaissance in recent years, and that includes the neighborhood's first Whole Foods outpost. In addition to the organic produce, extensive vegetarian options, and bakery items shoppers have come to know and love, this location offers a Kimbap Lab, Williamsburg Sandwich, on-tap kombucha, mochi bar, and "odd item recycling" bin.

250-East-30th-Street-01 The Sycamore via CityRealty
250-East-30th-Street-02 Interiors via Triplemint
From the listing: Welcome home to your spacious one bedroom condo with stunning Empire State building views in a boutique condo in prime Kips Bay. This sun-flooded apartment features a gourmet pass-thru kitchen, maple cabinets, granite counters, and GE stainless steel appliances. The marble bathroom comes complete with porcelain tile flooring. The building is just steps from AMC Movie Theatres, Fairway Supermarket and Trader Joe's. See floor plan and full details here.

"I like this market because they literally have everything" - Suzumi A.

Before Trader Joe's made its way to the Kips Bay/Murray Hill area, Fairway was a mainstay for locals. Residents appreciate the great care in the cheese and meat departments, delicious bakery items, weekly deals, and helpfulness of the staff.

16-West-40th-Street-01 All images of The Bryant via Corcoran
From the listing: From the Listing: Located high above vibrant Bryant Park in the heart of New York City, this David Chipperfield-designed floor-through two bedroom (possible 3 bed) residence with a windowed study boasts twenty two floor-to-ceiling windows wrapping three exposures. At 1,882 square feet, this home offers an expansive floorplan with an abundance of natural light and incomparable views of Bryant Park and the Empire State Building through Vitrocsa sliding glass doors with Juliet balconies. The custom terrazzo facade transitions seamlessly to the interiors, creating crisp architectural frames to the windows and a border for the heated oak herringbone floors. The residence’s bespoke millwork cleverly conceals storage, appliances and mechanical systems, allowing continuous, full 9' 6' inch ceiling heights to carry throughout the residence. See floor plan and full details here.

"Picnic in the park? No problem" - Rose N.

When this Whole Foods opened in a predominantly office-dominated area, people appreciated the ability to grab groceries on the way home or get takeout for lunch in Bryant Park. In addition to the traditional hot bar, the store's eateries include Pizza Parlor, Fresca Burrito, Harbor Bar, Medi, and Genji Sushi Kano.

25-Columbus-Circle-01 All images of Time Warner Center via Corcoran
From the listing: This spectacular 1,830 square-foot two bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence is one of a select collection of luxurious residences with dramatic Central Park views. Upon arrival, you are welcomed into a grand entry gallery and led into the expansive open living room with extraordinary east facing views of Central Park, the New York skyline, and beyond. To your left of the entry gallery, the European style eat-in kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel Sub-Zero double refrigerator, the finest Miele appliances, and beautiful granite countertops. See floor plan and full details here.

"The quality, service, logistic, and space were top-notch" - Cynthia Z.

The Time Warner Center is known for its shopping and dining offerings, and the Whole Foods in the basement level would appear to be a combination of both. The store has Juice Press and Genji Izakaya outposts, and visitors appreciate the extensive selection and high-quality customer service.

101-Warren-Street-01 All images of 101 Warren Street via Corcoran
From the listing: Accentuated with floor-to-ceiling windows, this lofty residence is simply breathtaking. For those desiring iconic city views facing North with view on the park and beautiful natural light in a serene environment, this residence is unequaled. The entertaining space with sumptuous white oak paneled walls with adjustable LED lighting throughout add texture and warmth to the Zen-like environment. The open European style chef's kitchen boast Bulthaup custom cabinetry and fully equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

"Wide open space and perfectly stocked in every category" - Cam E.

The Tribeca Whole Foods' expansive layout and generous selection have already been greatly appreciated, and even more so in the age of social distancing. Tribeca Burger and Tribeca Sandwich sell made-to-order meals, and the store also offers beer growler fill-ups, a mochi bar, and produce from Community Supported Agriculture.

15-Hudson-Yards-01 All images of Fifteen Hudson Yards via Related/Oxford Properties
From the listing: Residence 71C is a spacious one-bedroom residence of 1169 square feet with ceilings up to 10'10" and spectacular sunset views of the Hudson River. The great room features an open kitchen with a unique free-standing marble island, oak wood cabinetry and Miele appliances including wine storage. A primary bedroom suite with walk-in closet and luxurious en suite bath, and a powder room for guests complete this exceptional home. See floor plan and full details here.

"The store is super sleek with multiple cash register areas, plenty of space to walk around, and an overall beautiful aesthetic." - Nishad J.

Across the street from the acclaimed restaurants of Hudson Yards, this Whole Foods is the natural setting for those who prefer to dine in. In addition to its organic produce, extensive meat and seafood selections, and prepared food of all cuisines, this branch has outposts from Matchaful, Cafe Grumpy, Black Top Stir Fry, Jajaja, and West Side Corner to be enjoyed at home or on the public seating area the store opens up to.

32-East-1st-Street-01 All images of 32 East 1st Street via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Residence 2C is a light-filled south/west-facing three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence that features expansive triple-pane windows and 5-inch solid white oak wood floors. Features include 10' ceilings, integrated audio system in the living room, recessed LED lighting, custom brushed oak Italian cabinetry, and custom closets. See floor plan and full details here.

"One of the smaller locations throughout the city but still great in functionality" - Brandon G.

The Lower East Side is known for its bars and nightlife, but residents can take some of that home in the form of an extensive selection of local beer growler fill-ups at this Whole Foods supermarket. This store also has a Dish & Saucery outpost, squeeze-your-own orange juice station, and nut butter grinders.

2109-Broadway-02 Interiors via Elegran
From the listing: This is the chance to create a massive, one-of-a-kind masterpiece, in one of the most historic buildings on the Upper West Side. Bask in the sun streaming into every room from open South, East, & West exposures or from the wraparound balcony, with absolutely stunning and timeless views on Upper West Side landmarks. The space is ideal for the most lavish entertaining or a large family due to the enfilade of side-by-side rooms including living room, dining room, library, and media room. See floor plan and full details here.

"Fairway market, the place where you can feel the New York spirit" - Lola G.

Despite the recent arrivals of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's (see below), Fairway remains a mainstay for Upper West Siders. They appreciate the ease of navigation, popular brands, and fresh offerings in the cheese, meat, seafood, and bakery departments.

123-Third-Avenue-01 All images of 123 Third Avenue via Compass
From the listing: A modern and voluminous one-bedroom home in a full service condominium in the East Village, just outside of Union Square. Upon entry, one will immediately notice the soaring ceiling height of over ten feet and light pouring in through a unique, rectangular picture window spanning the entire width of the wall and framing open views. An immaculate open and windowed kitchen is equipped with a top-of-the-line appliance package by Miele, ample Caesarstone countertops, attractive gray lacquered cabinetry, and garbage disposal. See floor plan and full details here.

"They almost always have everything in stock, and if they don't there is always a team member around to check in the back or help you find an alternative." - Kellianne H.

Between the endless prepared food offerings and a wine shop next door, it is hard to imagine an easier way to put together a gourmet meal on a busy night in New York City. Locals love the layout, fresh produce, courteous staff, and attention to health and safety.

212-West-72nd-Street-01 All images of 212 West 72nd Street via Corcoran
From the listing: A dramatic white oak entry door with keyless entry opens onto 5” plank white oak flooring bathed in natural light from oversized east-facing windows. The spacious curved corner great room is ideal for entertaining or relaxing, and includes a separate dining area and built-in cabinetry for a television or artwork. The custom CetraRuddy designed open kitchen is outfitted with white matte lacquer cabinetry, honed quartzite slab countertop and backsplash, and a full suite of Miele appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

"Very clean, organized and well ran location. The check out line looks super long but it moves quickly!" - Olivia S.

Sampling may be suspended for health and safety's sake, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of this Upper West Side Trader Joe's, located across the street from the 72nd Street 1/2/3 subway station. Local shoppers appreciate the high-quality products, offerings for vegetarians and vegans, efficient layout, and courteous staff.

From the listing: Residence No. 1601 is ideally located on the buildings south-west corner, affording stunning views of the Brooklyn skyline, New York Harbor, historic Boerum Hill and more. The apartment is graciously planned to accommodate both residents and guests, with a spacious entry foyer with coat closet and adjacent powder room, leading into a large corner living room that opens onto a south-facing private terrace. Just off the living room is a separate windowed chefs kitchen, with matte lacquer cabinets by Valcucine, appliances by Smeg and Liebherr, Silestone quartz countertops, and a large center island with sink, dishwasher, and a dining counter. See floor plan and full details here.

"The staff is super kind and really nice. They always have the things I need in stock and that always makes me happy" - Chelsea P.

This Trader Joe's is well positioned to attract shoppers from Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn alike. Safety protocols and a limited number of shoppers allow people to feel safe going in now; at any time, locals appreciate the airy atmosphere, exclusive offerings, well-organized layout, and efficient staff.

102-Gold-Street-01 All images of Ironwood via Douglas Elliman
From the listing: Tucked away on a quiet street in DUMBO/Vinegar Hill, you'll find this mint one bedroom home at the Ironwood Condo. Bathed in light, this home features an open kitchen with stainless appliances by Bertazzoni, and marble countertop with breakfast bar, a comfortable living room that leads to a covered terrace to take in the cityscape and some fresh air. With an in-unit washer/dryer, central heating and cooling, a private storage cage and extremely low monthlies (tax abatement in place), this home delivers everything you could want. See floor plan and full details here.

"A true slice of suburbia but in Navy Yard" - Sarah B.

When the first Wegman's in New York City opened in October 2019, transplants got up at five a.m. to be the first shoppers and part of the celebrations. Some were skeptical as to why one would do that, but were quickly won over by the impressive prepared food offerings, grocery items and recipes, and helpful staff. Additionally, the supermarket introduced a live feed to see if there's a line outside the store.

110-Charlton-Street-01 All images of Greenwich West via Corcoran
From the listing: Upon entering the proper foyer of Residence 6D at Greenwich West you are led to a generous three bedroom three and a half bathroom condominium home offering both north and south exposures. Over-sized casement windows allow for abundant light to stream across wide-plank European white oak floors and in the open kitchen Miele appliances nestle into custom walnut integration while the abundant storage includes metal lacquer and fluted mirror casework upper cabinetry crafted by Molteni&C. See floor plan and full details here.

"Whether you live in the area or passing through, this Trader Joe's is sure to please." - Johanna B.

As Hudson Square makes the transition from industrial to residential, this Trader Joe's is well positioned for incoming residents to do their food shopping. Visitors appreciate the friendly staff, expansive layout, and extremely generous grocery offerings.

202-Broome-Street-01 One Essex Crossing via CityRealty
202-Broome-Street-02 Interiors via Corcoran
From the listing: Residence 10H is a spacious 1,906 SF 3-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home with a generous 1,490 SF two-tiered terrace and southeast exposure that delivers stunning views toward Downtown Manhattan and beyond. This residence features wide plank European oak flooring with a warm custom stain, ceiling heights of up to 10 feet, and oversized windows providing exceptional natural light and air. The open kitchen features a two-tiered preparation and dining island and Italian cabinetry by Moca finished in taupe glossy lacquer and tabac stained oak, with Honed Dolomiti marble countertops and backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

"A brilliant addition to the community" - Ruggy L.

A key component of the Essex Crossing mega-development was the largest Trader Joe's location on the East Coast. While it has not usurped local mainstay Essex Market, locals are nevertheless excited by the seemingly endless product selection, wide aisles, and friendly staff.

121-West-19th-Street-01 All images of Lion's Head via Compass
From the listing: This mammoth one-bedroom home is comprised of a king-sized bedroom with walk-in-closet, a large, renovated 5 fixture his-and-hers bathroom and a thoughtful open kitchen that anchors the 32-foot-long living/dining space. The prewar loft is complete with soaring ceilings, large tilt & turn windows, oak floors, in-unit washer/dryer, and incredible storage space throughout. With additional deeded basement storage, this apartment truly has it all. See floor plan and full details here.

"Claustrophobic TJ fans need not fear shopping at TJs in Manhattan!" - Sarah K.

In the Ladies Mile Historic District, the Trader Joe's outpost has become a shopping destination for New Yorkers all over the city. The soaring ceilings and spacious layout make for a comfortable shopping atmosphere, the extensive grocery, body, and plant offerings are highly attractive, and the helpful staff are a highlight of the visit.

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