Chinatown Partnership Wayfinding



Developing signage, maps, markers and other tools     to help visitors navigate to and through the neighborhood.

Did you know that Chatham Square, in the heart of Chinatown, is only a ten-minute walk from South Street Seaport? Or that one of the best rewards for serving on jury duty or working in the City Hall area is being minutes from Chinatown's hundreds of lunch choices?

The winding streets of downtown New York City-can be a navigational challenge. The Explore Chinatown map was a much-needed start in providing tools visitors can use to find their way.

Now the Chinatown Partnership is planning the creation of an overarching wayfinding system to provide visitors with more tools and information for finding their way to and around Chinatown. These may include signs, sidewalk decals, heritage trails, "you are here" maps and more.

Design and installation costs are earmarked by a $1.6 million grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and $314,000 grant from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s Office, which Chinatown Partnership will administer as a result of our community advocacy efforts.

Additional tools will help visitors make sense of the neighborhood and will better connect Chinatown to adjacent neighborhoods like South Street Seaport, Little Italy, SoHo, TriBeCa, Wall Street, and Nolita.


The Villager: You Are Here!  Signs, markers to make it clear.   By Michael Moi.  3/2009


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