Inwood NYC Planning Initiative

  • Future view from Sherman Creek at Academy St, looking west
  • Future view from Broadway and Academy St, looking south
Last Updated June 18, 2018

Inwood NYC is an ongoing conversation with the Inwood community about shaping the future of this great New York neighborhood.

Inwood NYC Action Plan—Winter 2018 Update

Since releasing the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan, the City has continued working to keep Inwood an affordable and attractive neighborhood for working families.

On January 7, 2018, the City released the Inwood NYC Action Plan—Winter 2018 Update to keep the community informed about progress in the six months since the original plan was released. The Winter 2018 Update was released at a Spanish-language resource fair in Inwood, where over 100 residents connected with representatives of City agencies and local nonprofit organizations.

The City is committed to a continuous dialogue about the future of Inwood as an affordable neighborhood of opportunity. The Action Plan is one step in a 2½-year process that has engaged over 2,500 residents and other Inwood stakeholders. 

Hard copies of the Winter 2018 Update will be available for pick up at the following locations starting Wednesday January 17: 

Inwood 2018 Update

Frequently Asked Questions About Inwood


Desde la publicación del 2017 Plan de Acción para Inwood NYC, la Cuidad de Nueva York ha continuado trabajando para mantener Inwood un barrio asequible y atractivo para familias trabajadoras.

El 7 de enero 2018, la Cuidad publico el Plan de Acción para Inwood NYC- Invierno 2018- una actualización del plan original. Esta actualización provee el progreso de la Cuidad en estos últimos seis meses desde que el plan original se publicó. Esta actualización fue repartida en la feria de recurso en español de Inwood, donde más de 100 residentes pudieron hablar con representantes de varias agencies de la Cuidad y organizaciones sin fine de lucro.

La Ciudad se mantiene comprometida a una conversación continua sobre el futuro de Inwood como un barrio asequible. La Ciudad se mantiene comprometida a una conversación continua sobre el futuro de Inwood como un barrio asequible y de oportunidades. El Plan de Acción es el primer paso en un proceso de 2 ½ que ha involucrado a más de 2,500 residentes, trabajadores y otras partes interesadas locales.

Copias de la actualización del Plan de Acción para Inwood estarán disponible en las siguientes locaciones empezando el miércoles 17 de enero:

Inwood NYC - Preguntas Frecuentes

Inwood NYC Action Plan—Summer 2017 Release

In June 2017, the City released the Inwood NYC Action Plan: a set of strategies and actions to achieve community-identified priorities. The core goals of Inwood NYC are to support affordable and mixed-income housing, create a comprehensive zoning framework, improve neighborhood infrastructure, and invest in people.

Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan Brochure 

Inwood NYC Plan de Acción de 2017 - Resumen del Plan

Inwood NYC Plan de Acción de 2017 – Plan Completo

Rezoning and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure

As part of the Inwood NYC Action Plan, the City is proposing a set of land use actions, including rezoning, to address community needs and priorities while respecting and strengthening the existing character of Inwood.

The proposed land use actions have entered the public review process (Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, or ULURP). During this seven-month process, Manhattan Community Board 12, the Manhattan Borough President, the City Planning Commission and the City Council will hold hearings and issue formal recommendations on the Plan before the City Planning Commission and City Council will vote to approve or disapprove. Inwood residents, members of the public, and other interested parties also have the opportunity to comment on the proposal at public hearings throughout the process. To learn more about ULURP, please visit the NYC Department of City Planning website.

Subsequent to certification of the project into ULURP, the City developed modifications to the originally proposed zoning text and map amendments to address issues voiced by Community Board 12 and other stakeholders.

Upcoming ULURP Milestones:

City Planning Commission Hearing/Draft Environmental Impact Hearing - Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 10 am
(City Planning Commission Hearing Room, Lower Concourse, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)

Related Information:

Manhattan Community Board 12 Land Use Committee Meeting – February 7, 2018 (English) (Español)
Manhattan Community Board 12 Housing Committee Meeting – February 8, 2018 (English) (Español)
Manhattan Community Board 12 Business Development Committee Meeting – February 6, 2018 (English) (Español)
Manhattan Community Board 12 Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting - February 13, 2018 (English) (Español)

Environmental Review

Environmental review, known as the City Environmental Quality Review process (CEQR), is an essential part of the planning process. CEQR is the City’s process for identifying the potential effects a set of proposed land use actions may have on the environment.

The City has completed a Final Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which can be found here. A public hearing on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum 001 was held on May 9, 2018 in conjunction with the City Planning Commission’s citywide public hearing pursuant to ULURP. Written comments on the DEIS and Technical Memorandum were accepted until May 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Chapter 27 of the FEIS summarizes and responds to all substantive oral and written comments received during the DEIS public comment period.

You can download all environmental review documents on our Environmental Review page or on the website of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination. Search for keyword "Inwood Rezoning Proposal" or by CEQR Number 17DME007M.

Study Area

The Inwood NYC study area encompasses the area of Manhattan bounded by Dyckman Street and the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.

Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan Map


Community Engagement

Inwood NYC has taken shape through dialogue with local residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and elected officials. Through over a year and a half of bilingual public events, workshops, stakeholder meetings, and surveys, the project has brought together community members of all backgrounds on a range of topics, including housing, zoning and development, parks and streets, jobs and businesses, and community services. Since Spring 2015, over 2,500 local stakeholders have engaged with Inwood NYC and shared their ideas and priorities for the future of Inwood.


  • Community Board 12, Parks and Cultural Affairs Committee (English) (Español), February 13, 2018
  • Community Board 12, Housing Committee (English) (Español), February 8, 2018
  • Community Board 12, Land Use Committee (English) (Español), February 7, 2018
  • Community Board 12, Business Development Committee (English) (Español), February 6, 2018
  • La Feria de Recursos de Inwood en Español, 7 de enero 2018 
  • Community Board 12, Land Use Committee (English) (Español), July 13, 2017
  • Community Board 12 Contextual Rezoning Charrette (English & Spanish), June 14, 2017
  • Community Board 12, Land Use Committee (English) (Español), May 8, 2017
  • Inwood Preservation (English), August 25, 2016
  • Inwood Owners Coalition (English), August 10, 2016
  • Community Board 12, Committee of the Whole (English) (Español), July 19, 2016
  • Faith Leaders Breakfast (English), June 7, 2016
  • Community Board 12, Executive Committee (English), February 9, 2016
  • Inwood NYC Neighborhood Zoning Workshop (English) (Español), December 14, 2015 
  • Inwood NYC Parks, Streets, & Waterfront Workshop (English), November 23, 2015
  • Inwood Owners Coalition (English), November 17, 2015
  • Inwood NYC Housing Workshop (English) (Español), November 10, 2015
  • Community Board 12, Land Use Committee (English), November 5, 2015
  • Community Board 12 (English), October 27, 2015
  • Community Board 12 (English), June 23, 2015

Summer Open House Materials (July 28, 2016)

Inwood NYC Community Survey

  • Inwood NYC Community Survey Results (English)

Winter Open House Materials (March 12, 2016)

Community Feedback Summaries

  • Fall Open House (English) (Español), October 3, 2015

  • Housing Workshop (English) (Español), November 10, 2015
  • Small Business Roundtable (English) (Español), November 12, 2015
  • Parks, Streets, & Waterfront Workshop (English), October 3, 2015
  • Neighborhood Zoning Workshop (English), December 14, 2015
  • Community Services Workshop (English), January 14, 2016
  • Housing & Neighborhood Zoning Workshop (English), February 6, 2016

Relevant Plans and Studies

In 2011, NYCEDC released the Sherman Creek Waterfront Esplanade Master Plan, a blueprint for creating waterfront public access and amenities along the Harlem River. The plan grew out of an extensive community planning process in which NYCEDC, the Department of City Planning, and the Parks Department sought ideas and input from a wide array of neighborhood stakeholders.

We strongly encourage you to review this editorial on the project by Council Member Rodríguez in the Manhattan Times.

How to Get Involved

We urge Inwood residents, workers, and business owners to get involved and make your voices heard. New information and updates about Inwood NYC will be posted on this webpage. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

News & Updates

Contact Info

If you and/or a local Inwood community group that you are a member of or represent have questions about Inwood NYC and would like more information, please contact us at [email protected].