Residents Demand ‘Chinatown/Little Italy Historical District’ Street Signs, 6 Years After Designation
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Photo: Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Almost six years ago, the National Register of Historic Places designated Chinatown/Little Italy as an “Historical District.” Unlike landmarked neighborhood zones, which typically receive brown signage and are shielded from out-of-context development, the bestowed honor is largely a paper award without protection. As it stands, though, there are no replacement street signs in Chinatown recognizing the honor.
Now, residents are banding together to change that. Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan is leading a grassroots charge to convince Mayor de Blasio to finally make “the necessary changes.” There is currently a petition making the rounds to force the issue. It’s an uphill battle, for sure, but 424 supporters have already endorsed the measure. Including Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, seen in the photo above with an example of the sign.
For the moment, the local signs remain the standard green hue, and not the standard brown signage provided to these nationally recognized districts.