New ‘Wayfinder’ Sign Installed Outside Grand Street Subway Stop

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 at 6:05 am by
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The WalkNYC wayfinding system debuted in Chinatown earlier this summer, with signposts installed in four highly trafficked areas. As expected, the DOT rollout has been steady and will continue across other “pilot” neighborhoods including the Fashion District, Long Island City, and Prospect Park. However, only recently did one such piece of navigational sidewalk furniture arrive on this side of the Bowery.

Sometime within the last couple weeks, the upright map was plopped outside the Grand Street subway stop. Right in the middle of the friggin’ sidewalk. The eagle-eyed observer will likely recognize the design, as it’s the same one incorporated into the payment kiosk of all Citi Bike corrals. And in case you’re wondering, the typeface is Helvetica.

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More on the path signs:

  • Maps use icons, not words – image-based with icons to designate landmark spots. Language kept at a minimum.
  • Easier navigation using pedestrian orientation – maps are not drawn “north-up,” rather are oriented based on its position on the street.
  • Distances quantified in walking time rather than mileage.

DOT plans to cover points south of Houston Street this fall and expand WalkNYC to the rest of the city next year. Here’s another at Bowery and Canal…

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Some 52 million tourists arrived on the city shores in 2012, a record number up 2.1% from 2011.

Where else have you spotted these maps?

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