Inwood NYC Planning Initiative

Last Updated July 14, 2017

The Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan is the first chapter of a conversation about the future of Inwood. The City is committed to continue working with the Inwood community throughout this process to help shape the future of this great New York neighborhood.

Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan

On June 29, 2017, the City of New York released the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan, a comprehensive plan for investment in Inwood’s future. The Action Plan consists of strategies and actions to ensure that Inwood remains an affordable, attractive neighborhood for working families. It has emerged out of an intensive community planning process that, to date, has engaged over 2,300 local residents, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and elected officials.

From this dialogue, the following community priorities have been identified:

  • Support affordable and mixed-income housing
  • Create a comprehensive zoning framework
  • Improve neighborhood infrastructure
  • Invest in the people of Inwood

Inwood NYC Action Plan English

Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan Brochure 

Full Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan - English

Locations in Northern Manhattan where copies of the Action Plan can be obtained:

  • CUNY in the Heights – 5030 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 (Inwood)
  • Inwood Library – 4790 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 (Inwood)
  • Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez District Office – 618 W 177th St, New York, NY 10033 (Washington Heights)
  • Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa District Office – 210 Sherman Ave Suites A&C, New York, NY 10034 (Inwood)


Tras décadas de bajos niveles de inversión pública, Inwood finalmente está recibiendo la atención que merece. En respuesta a la llamada a la acción del miembro del Concejo Municipal, Ydanis Rodríguez, durante su discurso acerca del estado del Distrito en marzo de 2015, varias agencias de la Ciudad, lideradas por NYCEDC, han involucrado a más de 2,300 residentes, trabajadores y otras partes interesadas locales en la planificación del futuro de Inwood.

A partir de este diálogo, la Ciudad y sus socios han desarrollado el Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan (2017 Plan de Acción para Inwood NYC), un conjunto de estrategias a largo plazo y acciones a corto plazo para lograr las siguientes prioridades identificadas por la comunida:

  • Apoyo a la Vivienda Asequible y de Ingresos Mixtos
  • Crear un Marco de Zonificación Comprensiva
  • Mejorar la Infraestructura Del Barrio
  • Invertir en las personas aumentando el acceso a la capacitación laboral

2017 Plan de Acción para Inwood NYC es el primer capítulo de una conversación sobre el futuro de Inwood. La Ciudad está comprometida a trabajar con la comunidad de Inwood a lo largo de este proceso para modelar el futuro de este gran barrio de Nueva York.

Inwood NYC Action Plan Spanish

Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan Brochure 

Full Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan - Spanish

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

Ongoing Actions

The Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan outlines strategies to help the Inwood community plan for its future and overcome rising challenges, including:

  • Rents in Inwood are rising faster than the rest of the city, putting pressure on the large stock of affordable housing
  • Out-of-date zoning creates a barrier to the Harlem River waterfront while allowing for development that is inconsistent with Inwood’s neighborhood fabric
  • Public investment over in recent decades has been minimal
  • Residents, especially youth, need access to opportunity and quality jobs

To begin meeting these challenges, the City has taken the following actions:

Affordable Housing

  • Developing 100% affordable housing and a new, state-of-the-art public library on the site of the Inwood NYPL branch
  • Opened a new legal services office in Inwood to provide tenants with free legal assistance (to contact the office, call 917-661-4505 or visit 5030 Broadway)

Neighborhood Infrastructure

  • Investing $30 million in transforming Highbridge Park through the Anchor Parks initiative

Investment in People

  • Established a new Workforce1 Career Center in Northern Manhattan (to learn more and access resources, visit the Washington Heights Workforce1 Center at 516 West 181st Street, 5th Floor, or call 929-841-5050)
  • Launched the Neighborhood 360° grant program to support Inwood small businesses (to learn more about the program and download the full Inwood Commercial District needs assessment, visit

How to Get Involved

We urge Inwood residents, workers, and business owners to get involved and make your voices heard. Join our mailing list to receive regular updates on the plan. New information and updates about Inwood NYC will be posted on this webpage.

Visit our Facebook and Flickr pages to view pictures from previous events, and read our neighborhood development blog to learn how Inwood NYC fits in with other community engagement initiatives NYCEDC is leading across the five boroughs.

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 2,300 local stakeholders have engaged with Inwood NYC and shared their ideas and priorities for the future of Inwood.


  • 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.

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