Inwood NYC Neighborhood Study

Last Updated May 25, 2017

NYCEDC, in partnership with City agencies and community stakeholders, is conducting a comprehensive neighborhood planning study in the Inwood neighborhood of Upper Manhattan. 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 You can also send us an email to get on our mailing list and receive regular updates on the plan.


Inwood NYC is a neighborhood planning study that aims to strengthen and build on the community’s considerable assets while identifying new opportunities to support the Mayor’s goals of developing and preserving affordable housingcreating quality jobs, and building a more resilient, livable, and equitable city. To ensure that this effort is comprehensive in scope, NYCEDC is leading a team of City agencies, including the Department of City Planning (DCP), the Departments of Housing Preservation & Development, Parks & Recreation, Small Business Services, Transportation, and NYC Housing Authority, along with others.

In collaboration with City Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, Manhattan Community Board 12, other local elected officials, and the City team, NYCEDC is working with the Inwood community, including residents, community-based organizations, business and property owners, institutions, and other key local stakeholders to develop a plan for the future of Inwood.


The three primary goals of Inwood NYC are to:

  • Support affordable and mixed-income housing;
  • Expand economic opportunities; and
  • Improve neighborhood livability.

Study Area

Located at the northern tip of Manhattan, Inwood is a neighborhood surrounded by natural features, with the Hudson River to the west, the Harlem River to the east, Spuyten Duyvil Creek to the north, and the hills and ridges of Washington Heights to the south. Inwood is a vibrant community with a diverse residential population and thriving commercial corridors along Broadway, Dyckman Street, and West 207th Street. It is known for its beautiful parks and open spaces, which include Inwood Hill Park, the last natural growth forest in New York City, as well as Fort Tryon, Isham, and Sherman Creek Parks.

Inwood NYC Study Area

Community Engagement

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 the spring of 2015, 1800 local stakeholders and counting have engaged with Inwood NYC through ongoing public events, workshops, and surveys — sharing their ideas and priorities for the future of Inwood. The City will continue to work with the community through every step of the planning process. 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 Feedback Summaries

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

Inwood NYC Community Survey

Following the Inwood NYC Fall Open House in October 2015, the Inwood NYC project team developed a 23-question survey based on community feedback collected at the event. The questions covered a range of topics, including housing, zoning and new development, parks and streets, jobs and businesses, and community services. Copies of the community survey were distributed in English and Spanish via email, online, through community partners, and at public workshops. Between December 30, 2015, and March 20, 2016, 477 respondents shared their priorities for the future of Inwood. A summary of results from the community survey broken out by topic area is included below.

  • Inwood NYC Community Survey Results (English)


  • 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

Winter Open House Materials (March 12, 2016)

Summer Open House Materials (July 28, 2016)

Relevant Plans and Studies

In 2004, DCP released the Sherman Creek Study, which led to the construction of five street-end parks along the Harlem River, a Greenstreets project at the intersection of Nagle and 10th Avenues, and access improvements at Swindler Cove.

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, DCP, 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.

News & Updates


    From Yvonne Stennett: The Future of Inwood Relies on Us

     |  NYCEDC
    Read a special open letter about the Inwood NYC initiative by the Yvonne Stennett, Executive Director of the Community League of the Heights, Inc. (CLOTH), which serves the residents of Inwood and Washington Heights.

    Envisioning The Future Together With NYC Communities

     |  NYCEDC
    Over the past few weeks, NYCEDC has been spending more time on the ground, speaking directly to communities to develop new neighborhood strategies. Here's some of the public input we've heard at recent community vision meetings.
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    Community Discusses the Rezoning of Inwood

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