By ALEX MINDLIN
Published: July 16, 2006
A makeshift home at a dead end in forlorn Sherman Creek. (Photo: Nicole Bengiveno | NY Times)
Someone has sawed a man-size hole into the tin sheet separating 204th Street from the Harlem River, and strung Christmas lights around the opening. It is a fitting act of do-it-yourself urban design for Sherman Creek, a desolate neighborhood that has never had much of the city-sponsored kind.
Despite decades of debate, New York’s planners have never managed to inspire much development among the parking lots, trash-strewn streets and one-story warehouses of the area, a 100-acre waterfront neighborhood where riverside streets are often capped with sheets of corrugated tin. Sherman Creek is among Manhattan’s largest remaining tracts of land with little housing or commerce.
Read more: For a Patient Backwater, a Plan for Revival – New York Times.
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