START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – THE SOUTH STREET SEAPORT .

You  and  your  cousins  are  walking  around  on  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City .

Right  now  it’s  cloudy ,  but  the  weather  is  supposed  to  be  getting  worse  as  the  day  goes  on .

You  heard  that  it’s  going  to  snow  really  hard  tomorrow  and  the  three  of  you  didn’t  come  to  New  York  City  to  be  in  a  snowstorm  for  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

You  weren’t  sure  where  to  go ,  but  one  of  your  cousins  has  an  idea .

”  Let’s  go  to  the  South  Street  Seaport  because  we  might  not  get  the  chance  to  go  tomorrow .  It’s  supposed  to  snow  really  hard , ”  says  one  of  your  cousins .

The  three  of  you  leave  your  hotel  and  take  the  Lexington  Avenue  Number  Four  Express  train  to  Fulton  Center .

Fulton  Center  is  a  major  transportation  center  in  the  city  and  not  only  is  it  the  closest  station  to  the  South  Street  Seaport ,  but  it’s  close  to  the  9-11  Memorial  as  well .

The  Fulton  Center  also  has  restaurants  and  shops  inside  the  building . You  all  keep  on  walking  until  you  reach  the  historical  district  of  the  South  Street  Seaport .

Right  in  front  of  you  all  is  the  East  River .

The  cobblestone  streets  the  three  of  you  are  walking  on  bring  you  back  to  another  time  in  New  York  when  this  was  one  of  the  city’s  oldest  neighborhood’s  and  New  York  City  was  the  center  of  the  shipping  universe .

As  the  three  of  you  reach  the  entrance  of  the  Seaport ,  you  see  the  Titanic  Memorial  Lighthouse ,  which  isn’t  just  a  memorial  to  the  passengers ,  but  to  the  crew  and  ship’s  officers  as  well .

You  all  decide  not  to  visit  the  South  Street  Seaport  Museum ,  but  relics  from  the  museum  are  right  in  front  of  you ,  like  that  gigantic  anchor  that  one  of  your  cousins  almost  trips  over .

How  she  DIDN’T  see  it  you  and  your  other  cousin  have  no  idea .

A  big  sign  on  the  anchor  even  tells  you  not  to  sit  on  the  anchor  as  its  part  of  the  museum .

Tripping  over  it  is  allowed ,  you  all  guess .

You  can’t  believe  the  size  of  the  ships  that  are  on  the  pier .

They  aren’t  in  use  anymore ,  but  this  being  New  York  City ,  everything  is  big .

The  pier  looks  pretty  much  the  way  it  looked  in  the  18th  Century in spite   of  all  those  tourists  waiting  for  the  yellow  New  York  Water  Taxi  Sightseeing  Boats .

The  sky  is  getting  darker  as  though  it’s  going  to  snow  earlier  than  the  weatherman   predicted .

Your  cousins  wanted  to  get  a final  picture  of  the  three  of  you at  the  South  Street  Seaport .

There’s  that  bridge  again ,  but  this  time ,  it’s  not  just  the  Brooklyn  Bridge  that  you  all  see .

Next  to  it  are  the  Manhattan  Bridge  and  in  the  distance ,  the  Williamsburg  Bridge .

It  was  hard  to  believe  that  at  one  time  that  these  buildings  that  are  now  stores  and  eateries  used  to  be  commercial  businesses ,  workshops ,  boarding  houses ,  saloons  and yes ,  brothels  because  SOME BODY  had  to  keep  those  sailors  happy  after  all  that  time  at  sea .

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