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Confucius Plaza

33 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 40.71405 -73.997514
nr. Bayard St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-219-9775 Send to Phone

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.; B, D at Grand St.


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Built in 1976, this brown brick tower complex in Chinatown was the first major public-funded housing project built for Chinese use. The 44-story arc contains 762 apartments, the Yung Wing Public School, P.S. 124 (K-8), shops, community space and a day-care center. 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.

Confucius Statue

Patrons of all nationalities and ethnicities can be found meditating in front of the statue, oblivious to the hectic city bustle surrounding them.