Located in Upper Manhattan on the Harlem River, Sherman Creek is one of the rare accessible tidal flats in the metropolitan region. The overall site is comprised of three distinct area, two of which the New York Restoration Project has already transformed into lush landscapes with outdoor educational spaces and the architecturally serene Peter J. Sharp Boathouse. Piggy-backing off NYRP’s accomplishments and themes, the remaining piece of land within the area is positioned for new development to stimulate program and community use. Connecting the areas will create a riparian green system over 5,000 feet in length designed as a “campus” of open space and programmed activity.
Starr Whitehouse conducted a community workshop in Fall 2008 and, subsequently, crafted a conceptual plan that suggests the Sherman Creek area be transformed into a hub of activity with water related activities and educational opportunities. A key component of this scheme includes moving the Peter J. Sharp Boathouse from its current location at Swindler Cove to land within the Sherman Creek Campus. The boathouse will be more easily accessible for use by rowing clubs and the public. The adjacent plaza will provide space for both programmed events and leisurely activity. A unique feature of the plan is the edible hillside and outdoor kitchen within the Children’s Garden. Encouraging natural food education, this element promotes healthy urban living and presents a menu unlike any other for New York City children and families.