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Public Safety & Quality of Life

Proposed directional compass program

WHEREAS, The Grand Central Partnership in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation has proposed to create a network of 16-19 sidewalk directional compasses to be installed near the entrances to subway stations in the Grand Central Terminal neighborhood: and

WHEREAS, The compasses will be between 30 and 36 inches in diameter, made of solid bronze and placed into the sidewalk in prominent sites at subway entrances and exits; and

WHEREAS, The compasses will give directions to nearby avenues and streets as well as orient people to the directions for uptown and downtown; and

WHEREAS, The GCP and DOT tested a prototype of the directional compasses by installing temporary decals at four selected subway exits for one week around Grand Central Station in the fall of 2007; and

WHEREAS, During the one week testing period, GCP solicited comments and received nearly 800 responses from the public which were overwhelmingly positive and contained insightful suggestions for improvement of the sidewalk plaques; and

WHEREAS, The Board finds that the compasses are visually pleasing and unobtrusive while being very helpful for the many subway riders who are not familiar with midtown streets; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five approves the installation of the proposed bronze sidewalk compasses at the entrances to subways in the Grand Central neighborhood as part of a directional compass program.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 29 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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