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JAMES CZYZ


WHEREISBROADWAY?WHICH WAY IS SOUTH ? WHAT TOWN IS THIS ? ANY MALLS AROUND HERE ? WHICH WAY IS WEST ? WHEREISTHENEARESTTRAIN ? WHICH WAY IS NORTH ? ANY MUSEUMS NEARBY ? WHICH WAY IS EAST ? WHERE IS CENTRAL PARK ? TIMES SQUARE ? UNIONSQUARE?ANY FAMOUS LANDMARKS IN NYC ? HOW CAN I GET TO PENN STATION ? What trains are near? Which way is west? What Neighborhood is this? Are there any parks nearby? Any malls? These are all common questions asked daily in New York. By all locals, tourists and visitors. With such a large city, the 4th most populated in the world, It can be quite intimidating trying to navigate around all the towns and Boroughs of New York City.

JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ARE LOST?


DO ANY PUBLIC AIDS HELP GUIDE PEOPLE? With New York City being so large, why is there not a clear and unified navigation system that walking pedestrians can rely on? Are train and bus maps the only public aids we are given?

Hosting so many visitors unfamiliar with their new environment as well as many residents adapting to changing bus and subway routes, it is no wonder why New York City never sleeps, we are all lost!

Housing millions of locals and tourists flowing daily through the streets, New York City is a major urban landscape that is always moving and changing.

Besides the subway map that we so heavily rely on. What visual indicators do we have to help guide us? Could they do more to help us? Do we even know what each sign color indicates?


9% of New Yorkers have addmitted to being lost within a week.

31% of all trips that are made around and through NYC are on foot.

14% of visitors failed to name the neighborhood that they are in.

33% of locals could not identify which direction was north.

24% of visitors did not know how to get to their next destination. 27% of visitors have admitted to being lost when asked. 27% of visitors can’t name the borough or town they are in.

What areas are you familiar with? How many towns, districts and boroughs have you visited?

The borough of Manhattan alone has 13 districts and 39 neighborhoods. How else can 42% of people out of 500 we navigate ourselves? said they prefer to walk than drive. By creating a clear visual pedestrian wayfinding Pedestrians account system along with public for 52% of NYC traffic displayed street mapping fatalities in crosswalks. we can address an obvious issue that diminishes a New Pedestrian crashes and Yorkers way of life as well incidents alone cost NYC as any visitors stay within $1.38 billion anually. New York City.

JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC

HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK ARE YOU LOST?


DO OTHER PLACES HELP GUIDE PEOPLE? Many cities even here in the United States offer information and navigation systems for their visitors as well as their citizens to comfortably and confidently travel through an area. This system can also be very useful in bringing in more revenue to this great city. A few examples could be: Less confusion could stimulate more shopping, designating large chain store locations can bring in revenue through advertising and sales, A safer New York would help diminish accidents and medical

expenses and even to help tourists to better plan a day trip and be encouraged to stay longer. There are so many positive benefits that are completely overlooked by New York City.


Within a wayfinding system of any usage or style, it is important to include visual elements to help guide a user through their environment.

New York City uses thousands of gallons of paint yearly to keep crosswalks and lane lines visible on the streets.

Implementing a pedestrian wayfinding system in New York City could greatly improve many facets of our day-to-day lives.

The above image displays your typical New York City intersection. Along with our obvious problem of barely having any visual aids to help us navigate but also how and where could we implement a clear visual wayfinding system for all pedestrians to use?

Besides creating “boundary� By strategically placed public lines, how else can crossdisplay maps as well as visual walks be used? indicators and reinventing crosswalks we can remove By redesigning crosswalks we the unnecessary stress can still use a similar amount already inherent to all people of tax dollars spent yearly within New York City making while creating a clear waythe pedestrian environment finding system for all. convenient, connected and comfortable.

JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC

SO MANY COLORS AND PATTERNS, HOW?


JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC


JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC


JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC


JAMES CZYZ | WHEREABOUT NYC


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