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Present - The location where the Harlem Creek used to reside is now composed of residential housing, mostly buildings over 5 stories high. Some of the creek has been preserved, though in the sense that there is a large underground sewer flowing where the Harlem Creek was. Because the location is a low elevation, the housing built is susceptible to flooding from natural disasters like hurricanes. This, combined with the fact that tides are rising annually means a more disasterous situation for the city.
Future - Volunteers and community leaders are creating ideas to better raise awareness of the NYC sewer system, which includes the Harlem Creek. This awareness would benefit the city in future changes.