Confucius Plaza

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Confucius Plaza
Confucius Tower.jpg
General information
Typeresidential apartments
LocationChinatown, Manhattan, New York
Coordinates40°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
OpeningDecember 1975
ManagementMitchell-Lama Housing Program?
Roof433 feet (132 m)
Technical details
Floor count44
Design and construction
ArchitectHorowitz & Chun
Structural engineerRosenwasser / Grossman
Main contractorDeMatteis Organizations

Confucius Plaza Apartments is a limited-equity housing cooperative in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City. The 44-story brown brick tower block complex (433 ft (132 m)) with 762 apartments was constructed in 1975 at a cost of $38,387,000.[1] 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.[2][3]

A section of Second Avenue Subway tunnel was built in the 1970s, constructed concurrently with the plaza underneath it, and is lightly graffitied.[4][5]



  1. ^ Ostrow, David. Manhattan's Chinatown Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2008. p.102. ISBN 9780738555171
  2. ^ Damast, Lindsay Damast. "Landmarks: Confucius Plaza". New York. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. ^ WC (2009-12-09). "A People's Guide to New York City: Confucius Plaza". Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  4. ^ ntwrkguy; Control (June 19, 2005). "The Forgotten Section". The LTV Squad. Archived from the original on August 7, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Second Avenue Subway Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS): Appendix B: Development of Alternatives" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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