DOT Seeks Input for Additional ‘Wayfinding’ Signs on the Lower East Side

Posted on: March 30th, 2016 at 5:09 am by
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More street navigation is coming to the neighborhood in the coming months. Yep, those damned pedestrian “wayfinding” obelisks on the sidewalks.

The installations essentially make the Lower East Side a more accessible, less intimidating experience for the masses. Not for the locals, of course, despite what the Department of Transportation says.

So, the city, vis-a-vis the WalkNYC sub-organization, now wants to crowdsource local opinions on locations deserving of the navigational treatment. There’s a meeting on the matter tomorrow night at the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street).

From the mailbag:

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.

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.

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.

There are several sign products WalkNYC offers:

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