In Apparent ‘Wayfinding’ Flub, City Moves Sidewalk Post to the Correct Spot
The Department of Transportation is apparently in need of its own wayfinding in Chinatown. You may have noticed that this WalkNYC installation was previously erected on the wrong spot.
The signage first arrived near the southeast corner of Essex and Canal Streets at the end of November. Upon closer inspection, though, the “You are here” reminder is printed atop Straus Square. It took a couple weeks, but the powers that be noticed the error in placement, and relocated the post to its proper location.
This wouldn’t be the first embarrassing mistake for the program, either. An obelisk installed on Clinton Street just north of Delancey last summer spelled the latter street name incorrectly. That mistake still hasn’t been fixed.
These wayfinding towers are part of the city’s overall WalkNYC initiative, first launched in 2013. 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.