Noah Budnick at TA tweeted this shot yesterday of a new pedestrian wayfinding sign at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, between Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Unlike traditional maps, where north is up, WalkNYC maps are oriented to the direction the viewer is facing. Initial rollout areas include Chinatown, the Garment District, Herald Square, and Long Island City, and they’ve started popping up in Crown Heights and Prospect Heights. Forward-facing maps can also be found on most Citi Bike stations.
“We have a great system of signage for cars, but we don’t have a great system of signage for people on foot,” said DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at the WalkNYC reveal, held in Chinatown in June.
WalkNYC maps will eventually be installed across the city.