Confucius Plaza

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Confucius Plaza
Confucious 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.

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 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, adjacent to the plaza, 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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