The archway—called a Paifang— is an important symbol in the Chinese culture.
The Brooklyn Friendship Archway was commissioned in 2013 through the generosity of Beijing’s Chaoyang District, who donated the special arch to Sunset Park’s Little Fuzhou. The first Brooklyn Chinatown is one of the largest and fastest growing Chinese communities outside Asia. It is the fourth largest Chinatown in America and the largest one in New York City.
The Sunset Park design calls for a 42-foot-high, 43-foot-wide archway spanning Eighth Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets. The ornately decorated structure would include nine roofs, gold paint and pillars, reflecting a style used in Beijing’s imperial palaces and gardens.