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New Exhibit At South Street Seaport Simulates Blindness

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Canes are viewed for use in the "Dialog in the Dark'' exhibit at South Street Seaport on August 24, 2011. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Canes are viewed for use in the “Dialog in the Dark” exhibit at South Street Seaport on August 24, 2011. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - The advertising tagline for a new exhibit reads, “You haven’t seen New York until you haven’t seen it.”

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond On The Story

“Dialog in the Dark” at the South Street Seaport gives you an idea of what it would be like as a blind person in New York City.

Upon entering the exhibit, you are handed a cane and the lights go down making it so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face.

Imagine being in Central Park and someone touches you, but you can’t see them, or boarding a subway train without being able to see anything from the train to the gap.

Romeo Edmeed, who has been blind since the age of two, takes you on a sensory 45-minute tour.

“There’s a whole lot you can get out of your other senses. Blindness does not mean that your life is over,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond. “You’d be surprised, but because you don’t need them, you don’t really realize how much your other senses give you.”

The exhibit runs through 2012 and prices range from $18.00 for students on weekdays to $23.50 for adults on weekends.

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Have you ever been through a blindness simulation? What was it like? Share your experience below in the comments section!

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