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Sherman Creek Study
Introduction | Existing Context and Zoning


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the Department of City Planning (DCP) and other City agencies and community stakeholders, is currently conducting a comprehensive neighborhood planning study in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. This planning initiative is a successor to the previous Sherman Creek Study undertaken by DCP from 2003-2008.

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Sherman Creek lies along the Harlem River waterfront and is part of the Inwood neighborhood in Manhattan Community District 12. The primary study area is between Dyckman Street, Broadway, West 207th Street and the Harlem River, and includes Sherman Creek inlet, for which the surrounding area was named. The upland portion, between Broadway and Nagle Avenue, is a densely populated residential community, while the waterfront area, which is zoned primarily for industrial use, is characterized largely by underutilized and vacant land.

Aerial View of the Sherman Creek Study Area
Aerial view of Sherman Creek looking west

Recognizing Sherman Creek's potential for economic development along the waterfront, Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff assembled a team from several city agencies to explore development opportunities in partnership with area residents, elected officials, business leaders and local non-profit organizations. An initial public planning workshop was held in January 2004.  During the workshop, participants identified opportunities in three different categories.
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Traffic and Pedestrian Safety
  • Residential and Commercial Development
Planning Workshop Booklet Planning Workshop Synopsis Booklet
PDF Document Planning Workshop / Taller de Planificación - January 31, 2004
(5.2 mb)
PDF Document Planning Workshop Synopsis / Sinopsis del Taller de Planificación
(4.4 mb)

The interagency team has since been working on various projects reflecting the concerns and recommendations of the community:

  • In 2004, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) constructed a Green Streets project at the intersection of Nagle and Tenth Avenues to enhance safety at this unregulated intersection and provide refuge for pedestrians.

  • Also in 2004, the Department of Parks and Recreation, together with City Planning (DCP) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) began design of five street end parks, intended to allow access to the Harlem River waterfront. Currently, chain-link fence and corrugated tin block views of the water. Construction is anticipated to begin in late summer 2006.

  • Together with New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the City began work at the Sherman Creek inlet to improve access to the southern edge and a connection to Swindler’s Cove. As part of this project, first steps will also be taken to allow access to the northern edge of the inlet in the future.

“Gaseteria Triangle” at Nagle Avenue Street End Volunteers working with NYRP at the Sherman Creek inlet, May 2006
"Gaseteria Triangle” at
Nagle Avenue
Street end parks at
the Harlem River
View a map of the
street end parks
Volunteers working with
NYRP at the Sherman
Creek inlet, May 2006

Introduction | Existing Context and Zoning

1Source: The Newest New Yorkers 2000, NYC Department of City Planning

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