START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY – WALKING AROUND CHINATOWN .

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 .

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