The three of you have left Allen Street , which is known as ” The Avenue of The Immigrants . “
As you walk down the street something looks very different .
The signs everywhere , even the Starbucks are in a different language .
Welcome to the most populated Chinatown in the Western Hemisphere .
When you all were in Queens you visited the Chinatown section of Flushing .
But this is the Chinatown to end all Chinatowns , even the one in San Francisco .
You all just know that the three of you are going to get lost , it’s that big .
The map you all have is of no help , neither is the guidebook .
After you see some of of Chinatown , Little Italy is going to be the next destination on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City .
That’s where you’re trying to get to now .
Your guidebook is telling you to look for the Manhattan Bridge .
That’s what you’re trying to do , get as close to the Manhattan Bridge as you can.
You see the signs for the Manhattan Bridge , but just where is it ?
As the three of you keep walking , it looks like you’re underneath some scary looking tunnel .
You see people doing what seems to be Tai Chi exercises .
When you leave the tunnel , one of your cousins looks up .
” We’re underneath the Manhattan Bridge ! Look at at that view, ” she says , very excitedly .
You all look up .
Your cousin is right .
Could this really be the Manhattan Bridge ?
Sure enough , it is .
Now it’s your turn to be confused .
You were under the impression that to be under the Manhattan Bridge , you had to be in the neighborhood known as DUMBO , which is
short for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass .
Dumbo is actually in Brooklyn and you can see some of it from where the three of you are standing .
You’re standing on the East River Greenway , which is part of the FDR Drive .
Not only are cars going above you and bikes passing by the three of you , but other people are admiring the view.
There’s a sightseeing boat moving ever so slowly down the river and right across from the Manhattan Bridge , it’s that bridge that seems to be following the three of you on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City , the Brooklyn Bridge .
Somehow , you just know when you all get back to Cleveland , you’ll be seeing that bridge in your sleep .
Your other cousin thinks that she’s figured out just what’s going on here .
You three are closer to your next destination than you think .
The map and guidebook really aren’t that confusing at all , she tells you .
Chinatown is so HUGE that Little Italy is a part of the neighborhood .
She tells you that in order to get to Little Italy , you have to look for the the street where the Manhattan Bridge begins – Bowery Street .
From there , Little Italy isn’t that far .
You and your other cousin aren’t sure that she knows what she’s talking about or if she knows where she’s going , but you figure that the three of you are going to get lost together on your 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City .