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Inwood NYC is a comprehensive plan to ensure that Inwood remains an affordable, attractive neighborhood for working and immigrant families. 

By the Numbers

1,600

Affordable homes to be created.

Putting the Plan into Action

The Inwood NYC Action Plan will deliver over $200 million of public investments to the neighborhood. These investments will create, preserve, and protect thousands of affordable homes, restore parks, open access to the Harlem River waterfront, and provide new STEM education opportunities and support for small businesses.

  • Creating an estimated 1,600 affordable homes on public sites and, through the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) program, expanding Inwood’s affordable housing stock for the first time in decades
  • Preserving and protecting 2,500 affordable homes in Inwood and Washington Heights through new resources to prevent displacement and keep apartment buildings affordable
  • Building two new waterfront parks-a major step toward achieving a continuous public esplanade along the Harlem River
Inwood Spanish Fair. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.
  • Investing $50 million in local school infrastructure and expanded STEM programming—including a new STEM Institute at the George Washington Educational Campus
  • Providing access to workforce training and jobs, youth programming, and resources for local businesses cultural organizations
  • Committing $15 million to fund the acquisition, design, and construction of a future Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center to support the work of Northern Manhattan’s rich network of artists and cultural organizations and celebrate the contributions of generations of immigrants to the history and culture of Northern Manhattan
  • Creating a state-of-the-art Inwood Library with a new Pre-K for All facility, a youth STEM education center focused on robotics, and a cultural and job training center, along with 175 new, deeply affordable homes
  • Rebuilding and renovating existing parks, including the transformation of Monsignor Kett Playground into an inter-generational park and destination
  • Improving streets to make them safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists and upgrading sewer infrastructure
Inwood Spanish Fair. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.
This plan is an important first step in strengthening our community and an opportunity to bring many of the resources we currently lack in our neighborhood.
Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member
By the Numbers

$50M

To be invested in local school infrastructure and STEM programming.

How’d We Get Here?

In March 2015, City Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez called for action—and the City responded. A team led by NYCEDC, and that included nearly a dozen City agencies, began a community engagement process and planning study for the long-term future of Inwood. The Plan comes after over three years of speaking and working with the Inwood community, including over 25 bilingual public events, workshops, meetings, and surveys—engaging over 2,500 community members and local stakeholders.

Following this process, the City and partners released the Inwood NYC 2017 Action Plan in June 2017, setting out strategies to reach the goals identified by the community. In January 2018, the City released an update to keep the community informed about the plan’s progress and the rezoning application was later certified into ULURP.

New York City Council approved the Inwood NYC rezoning and related land use actions on August 8, 2018, and the City committed additional funding to achieve the goals in the Action Plan.

Key Documents
  • Inwood Action Plan 2019 Update Most recent project update
  • Winter 2018 Inwood NYC Action Plan Update 2018 project update
  • City Council Public Hearing Presentation Presentation given to City Council, July 10, 2018
  • Manhattan CB 12 Land Use Committee Presentation Presentation for CB 12 Land Use Committee, February 7, 2017

Have Questions?

Contact: [email protected]

If you have any questions or would like more information about Inwood NYC, please reach out.

About the Inwood Rezoning

As a part of the Inwood Action Plan, the City proposed a set of land use actions, including a rezoning, which was approved by the City Council on August 8, 2018. Through a combination of land use actions, the Inwood Rezoning looks to advance key community priorities of creating permanent affordable housing, preserve the existing housing, create new parks and improve waterfront access, promote new retail, commercial, and community facility uses to create more jobs and expand entrepreneurship opportunities.

Preserving the Character

The intent of the zoning west of 10th Avenue is to preserve and strengthen the neighborhood’s existing character and protect rent-stabilized housing stock – a valuable resource for generations of New Yorkers. To the east of 10th Avenue, the zoning aims to extend this well-established mixed-use neighborhood eastward to the Harlem River. The land use actions also established a Waterfront Action Plan (WAP) to build out public waterfront open space along the Harlem River and improve community access to the waterfront. The rezoning also established the Special Inwood District (SID) to create walkable, inviting streets and ensure that any new construction matches visually and architecturally into the surrounding neighborhood.

Inwood Planning Initiative Meeting. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.