Located on the Harlem River immediately south of Sherman Creek, the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse at Swindler Cove Park reestablishes the historic presence of recreational boating facilities on Manhattan’s northern waterfront. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this area was the site of a number of boathouses, including those of Columbia and Fordham universities, which served a flourishing network of competitive rowing clubs. Rowing activities have continued at this location – albeit on a smaller scale – up to the present time. Columbia still uses the end of the bulkhead immediately south of the site as the finish line for its intercollegiate races.

The boathouse is a public facility conceived of and developed by the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit, privately funded organization that works in New York City to restore neglected landscapes to active public use. This project is part of a rehabilitation of the blighted shoreline area undertaken tNew York City and New York State agencies. To avoid harming the fragile intertidal environment, the boathouse was designed as a floating structure, as were the earlier boathouses located on the site. Access to the facility from the promenade atop the nearby embankment is through a gated entrance and down a series of ramped fixed piers leading to floating docks. Armand LeGardeur Architect designed the gate and piers under contract to the New York State Department of Transportation.