NYC Information Center

POSTED ON: 01.21.2009
Designed by WXY and Local Projects, the new NYC Visitor Information Center just north of Times Square transforms a storefront into an "information space", seamlessly integrating media design and architecture to meet visitors at any level of engagement. The Center is a portal for New York, where people discover an array of local experiences.

The view from the street pulls the visitor into the information architecture. The graphic banding of floor and walls creates a foreshortened perspective to simulate the city experience within the Center.

POSTED ON: 01.21.2009
The 100 top questions are answered at the "FAQ" stations in ten different languages. These touch screens provide visual directions, quick tips, and up to the minute events, that can be emailed to users on the go. For further exploration, a series of multitouch screen tables with sophisticated interactive mapping capability enable visitors to create their custom NYC guidebook. Choose a category to browse, then take a virtual walk in the city's streets to build your guidebook. The circle around the dot marks the time it takes to walk between sites.

POSTED ON: 01.21.2009
Animating the Center's back wall, the "FlyNYC" is a space for visitors to influence each other with their own personal choices, as well as with celebrity movies and locals' tips. Individual itineraries are projected as a personalized helicopter ride over the City.

POSTED ON: 01.21.2009
By moving a puck like a "You Are Here" dot, you find curated highlights, and save interesting locations. To take their custom guidebook to go, visitors get an instant print-out, email, or cellphone SMS with an interactive mapping application.


Recent blog entries of the NYC Information Center:

dezeen design magazine: NYC information centre by WXY Architecture
picocool: WXY Architecture's NYC Information Center
designboom: WXY architecture: redesign of the NYC information center
POSTED ON: 05.15.2009


WXY with Local Projects will be part of the "New York Designs 2009: Public" Lecture Series organized by The Architectural League of New York on Thursday, June 4, 7PM.

POSTED ON: 05.09.2009


Andrew Blum writes on the NYC Information Center for Metropolis Magazine. "This isn't Ye Olde New-York visitors' center"

To read the article click here.

POSTED ON: 04.15.2009


Mariana Rodriguez Orte from The Architect's Newspaper gives a short introduction to the NYC Information Center.
To read this article click here.

POSTED ON: 02.18.2009


Featured articles of the NYC Information Center:

World Architecture News: NYC Information Center opens
Crains New York: City steps up efforts to lure tourists
Gothamist: New Interactive Information Center Helps Visitors Navigate NYC
cnet News: Google powers new NYC information hub
abc Local News: NYC launches tourism info center, site
Yahoo News: NYC interactive visitor center unveiled
Tech Crunch: NYC Teams With Google To Launch Its Own Citysearch
Mondo: For Your Information
POSTED ON: 01.30.2009


NYC Information Center is opened to the public. Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company today unveiled the City's new state-of-the-art Information Center and launched to help residents and visitors explore and enjoy New York City.

To read more click here.
For more information about the launch click here.
or read more about the new technology click here.

POSTED ON: 01.21.2009

Photography 12.08.2008: Albert Vecerka / Esto