You might have noticed those fancy maps in certain locations throughout Chinatown. Now the city is bringing its Wayfinding signs to the Lower East Side. Here’s the message we received from the Department of Transportation:
This summer New York City Department of Transportation will install pedestrian wayfinding signs on the Lower East Side! Pedestrian wayfinding signs have maps to help pedestrians with orientation and navigation. We would love your input on where to site the signs and what content we should include on the signs. Please join the WalkNYC Pedestrian Wayfinding Program on Thursday, March 31st from 6-8pm for a pedestrian wayfinding community open house at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York City. The open house will have an open program so stop by at any time between 6 and 8pm. The venue is wheelchair accessible and Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese language interpreters will be provided. As you can imagine, an area like the Lower East Side, with so many visitors and such an unpredictable street grid could really benefit from pedestrian wayfinding signage. Residents and visitors like wayfinding in their neighborhoods because sometimes even longtime locals don’t realize how close they are to neighborhood amenities such as transit, parks and waterways.
You can find out more about Walk NYC here.