Confucius Plaza

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Confucius Plaza
Confucius Tower.jpg
General information
Type residential apartments
Location Chinatown, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates 40°42′53″N 73°59′46″W / 40.71472°N 73.99611°W / 40.71472; -73.99611Coordinates: 40°42′53″N 73°59′46″W / 40.71472°N 73.99611°W / 40.71472; -73.99611
Completed 1975
Opening December 1975
Cost US$38,387,000
Management Mitchell-Lama Housing Program?
Roof 433 feet (132 m)
Technical details
Floor count 44
Design and construction
Architect Horowitz & Chun
Structural engineer Rosenwasser / Grossman
Main contractor DeMatteis Organizations

Confucius Plaza Apartments is a limited-equity housing cooperative in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City. The 44-story coop brown brick tower block complex (433 ft (132 m)) with 762 apartments was constructed in 1975 at a cost of $38,387,000. The building was the first major public-funded housing project built for almost exclusively Chinese Americans.

Statue of Confucius by Liu Shih

The complex contains 762 apartments, the Yung Wing Public School, P.S. 124 (K-8), shops, community space and a day care center. The complex is located north of Chatham Square at the intersection of Bowery, Doyers Street, and Division Street.

One of the most frequently visited landmarks in Chinatown is the 15-foot bronze statue of Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, in front of the complex. Sculpted by Liu Shih, the statue was presented by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association as a token of appreciation, and to commemorate the U.S. bicentennial. At its base, a Confucian proverb is inscribed aside an American Flag, praising a just government with remarkable leaders of wisdom and ability.[1][2]

A section of Second Avenue Subway tunnel was built in the 1970s, constructed concurrently with the plaza underneath it, and is lightly graffitied.[3]



  1. ^ Lindsay Damast. "Confucius Plaza - Landmarks - New York Magazine". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  2. ^ WC (2009-12-09). "A People's Guide to New York City: Confucius Plaza". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  3. ^ "LTV Exploration // Abandoned subway stations, industrial buildings, and general decay in NYC chinatown tunnel". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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