Liberty Street – Introduction (South Street Seaport)

1 – A maiden slinks across the South Beach Seafront waterfront, with downtown Brooklyn in the near distance.

The song begins in D minor.  The mood is portentous.  Eight bars of soft, but sinister chords on the piano echo Death himself, emerging from the water and creeping softly up to the unsuspecting maiden.

The landscape here is a watery one, almost devoid of persons, but peopled with dead ships – proud vessels from a bygone age, replete with masts, starboards and other parts one only makes mention of in pirate movies.  Today, they stand anchored at the South Street Seaport, mere shadows of their former selves, never to set sail again.

This is a small, self-contained world, past the threshold of the elevated highway, or FDR Drive, we are plunged into a whole other world of Maiden Lane proper.

(For information on specific buildings on Liberty Street, I am indebted to the awesome New York Songlines: Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets, at

2 – Retired trading vessels from a bygone era are docked at the South Beach seaport. They now form part of the city’s maritime museum.

3 – The threshold: FDR Drive Elevated Highway, past which Maiden Lane begins proper.

A – Introduction

PDF: A – Introduction (South Street Seaport) (350 KB)

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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