SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — Get your brooms ready — curling is hitting the ice at the South Street Seaport.
The open-air rink on Fulton Street, near Front Street, is offering lessons in the cold weather sport — which is a bit like the icy counterpart to shuffleboard — every Wednesday through December.
The sport, best known as one of the more curious events in the Winter Olympics, is apparently gaining a following in the city. Along with the Seaport learn-to-curl nights, a new curling club is also sweeping the ice in Prospect Park this winter.
To score, curlers have to move eight large stones down the ice to a bull's-eye at the opposite end. To get there a player "throws" the stone while two other players “sweep” in front of it to help it glide, change its course or slow it down.
The Howard Hughes Corporation, which runs the seasonal rink, said curlers will learn the fundamentals of curling, including how to sweep and throw a stone.
Hourlong curling session are held Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The cost is $50 for a single curler, but if you come in a group of four (the size of one team) the cost is $180, and for eight people it is $320. Skates rental is included in the fee. Players can sign up in advance by contacting the rink, or you can just show up.
For more information about the curling program, or the rink, head here.