NEW YORK (WPIX)—
Who hasn't been turned around in the Village or lost in Queens? It's not only the tourists that lose their way, and now the city wants to create new helpful signs so you can better find your way around. The Department of Transportation is asking interested companies to pitch their version of easy-to-read information signs to help people spend more time walking on city streets. They figure if its easier to find hotspots, you'll walk more, and walk into stores more and spend your cash.
And who hasn't been sandwiched and stuffed in a crowded subway at least once? The city also wants to promote the signs as a way to alleviate crowding
It's not just tourists that have a tough time finding their way around. The city asked people on the street and a third of New Yorkers couldn’t point out which way was north. And an informal Twitter survey shows many people find the streets of Queens especially difficult to navigate, for example, the area around Maspeth's 58th St. and 58th Drive.
How much could this cost? The current pricetag is at around $1.5 million. All but $300,000 of tt would be paid by the federal government and local business groups.
Interested companies should submit their designs by next month.