Take a Ghost Tour this Valentine’s Day

Nothing goes better together than love and death. (Except maybe love and White Castle.) And what could be more romantic than a stroll on a winter’s eve, just you and your loved one and a small group of twenty or so other people, as you listen to bone-chilling ghost stories and enthralling true tales of NYC’s dark and gory past? This Saturday, February 13th, join us for a special Valentine’s Day edition of The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour, led by Boroughs of the Dead founder and sucker for all things romantic, Andrea Janes. Our tours have been dubbed “an awesome, non-cliched date idea” and without a hint of self-promotion we can say we most heartily agree. On this tour you’ll hear thrilling tales of ill-fated and tragic romances, from brokenhearted spinster ghosts to the passionate love of a 17th century Dutchman for his favorite pear tree. We’ll try to answer the age-old question of whether love can persist beyond the grave as we decode the ethereal messages of a departed magician to his beloved wife, and explore one of the 19th century’s great — and, yes, bizarre — love triangles as we visit the site of a literary salon where Edgar Allan Poe made ripples in the 1840s. There will be healthy doses of murder and scandal, ghostly champagne corks popping at a dazzling, endless soiree for the dead, and more! So join us for a night of love, death, and romance on this Valentine’s Day ghost tour, all delivered with the inimitable Boroughs of the Dead style that’s earned us the reputation as New York City’s best...

Bleak December Sale! Weird Tales of the West Village

“Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor….” This Friday, December 11th, join us for “Weird Tales of the West Village,” a Poe-inspired walking tour! And, in honor of Poe’s perennial penury, we’re offering $5 off each ticket with the discount code POE15. CLICK HERE to buy tickets! There’s something inherently uncanny about the West Village, a place where W 12th Street intersects with W 4th Street, and Waverly Place intersects with … Waverly Place. Explore the ghostly, uncanny, and weird side of the city on this tour that highlights the works of the great horror writer Edgar Allan Poe. Find out where he wrote his dark tales, edited late drafts of The Raven, and where he lived and worked in the West Village. Throughout the tour, you’ll also hear true tales of premature burial, walled-up remains, stolen corpses, real-life occultists, local ghosts, and more! Forgotten histories and urban lore abound on this haunting, mysterious, and wonderfully weird stroll through one of the most charmingly strange places in the city. This tour is led by an accomplished author of Victorian-inspired gaslamp fantasy, who weaves a tale like no other guide in the city. For anyone interested in the unknown, the occult, and the weird side of history, this tour is a must. Tickets are normally $20 in advance, $25 at the door but you can save $5 per ticket with the code POE15. CLICK HERE for our calendar of upcoming events and to purchase...

Ghosts, Christmas and New York City

This is the first in a series of holiday themed posts celebrating our annual Christmas tours. We’ll be presenting three holiday themed ghost tours, Ghosts of Christmas Past, this December. To buy tickets to these events, click here! We in New York City are lucky enough to have had some jolly old Dutch forefathers, who brought the holiday with them. When the British took over the colony in the 1660s, their children envied the Dutch boys and girls who got presents every December 6th and begged their parents to follow suit. Then in 1823 Clement Clark Moore wrote the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (otherwise known as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”) at his Chelsea estate. Finally, in the 1860s, German immigrant and cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized the image of Santa as a jolly fat man in the pages of magazines like Puck and Harper’s Illustrated Weekly.   What about Christmas trees? You can also thank NYC’s German immigrants for that. Did you know that in 1848 so many Germans settled in the east side of the city that it was called Kliene Deutscheland? It’s true! And they brought many of their traditions, including the Christmas tree, wtih them. However, it was an illustration of Queen Victoria and family enjoying their Christmas tree reprinted in Godey’s Ladies Book in the 1850s that really started the tree trend here in America. Residents of Kliene Deutscheland would have recognized Prince Albert, though: he was from the German House of Hanover. So New Yorkers benefit from many traditions, be they Dutch or English or German. One New Yorker who was especially...

Guest post from Leanna Renee Heiber: 14 West 10th Street

The following guest post comes courtesy of Leanna Renee Heiber, actress, playwright, and award-winning bestselling author of multiple Historical Fantasy series for adults and teens, including the Strangely Beautiful saga, the Magic Most Foul saga and the forthcoming Eterna Files saga from Tor/Forge. Most of her books are set in Victorian New York and all of her work deals with the supernatural, paranormal, Gothic and fantastical. The newest member of the Boroughs of the Dead team, Leanna loves talking about New York City’s ghosts, magic and wonderment as much as she loves writing about them. She will be leading a brand-new signature tour, The Magic and Mysticism of Central Park, as well our Weird West Village and Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost tours. In this post, Leanna shares her insights into one of the stops on these tours — the notoriously haunted 14 West 10th Street.   The Eerie Synchronicity of 14 W 10th St. 14 West 10th Street is one of New York City’s most haunted buildings, and it has been since before Mark Twain and his wife lived there for a year. Ghost stories have always haunted this address, a location seemingly distressed down to its very foundations. Twain only lived at the building briefly, but his ghost has been seen there, stating that he had something to settle. Psychic and actress Jan Bryant Bartell wrote a book, Spindrift, accounting that there were well over twenty deaths attributed to the building and the effect it had on residents since its construction in the 1850s. One was the abuse of a child that led to her death, other accounts...

Paranormal Investigation at the Merchant’s House Museum

On Saturday, April 26th, 2014, I attended my first ever paranormal investigation, at the Merchant’s House, an 1832 red-brick row house on East Fourth Street that was home to a prosperous merchant family for almost 100 years. It is one of the city’s most most fascinating historic houses, and is widely reputed to be haunted. You can read more about the Merchant’s House here and here, or find out more on my Greenwich Village Ghost Tour. For seven years, Sturges Paranormal has been conducting an ongoing investigation into the various inexplicable happenings at the Merchant’s House. Dan Sturges is an amateur paranormal investigator, in the original, not-for-profit sense of the word. He’s also a regular co-host of the internet radio show The Psi Show with Larry Hewitt. Dan’s investigational techniques take an admirably restrained, open-minded-skepticism approach. Saturday’s investigation began simply. Five of us — Dan, his colleague Rudy, myself, Merchant’s House board member Anthony Bellov, and volunteer Connie — sat around a small table in one of the administrative offices and Dan told us what to expect. We would essentially go from room to room throughout the house with some very basic pieces of equipment and spend about fifteen minutes in each room. The equipment included one audio recorder for each of us, and two natural tri-field meters. Tri-fields read electromagnetic fields, but are much more accurate than the little hand held commercial “ghost meter” EMF meters that will go berserk if you put them near, say, a toaster. We began upstairs, in the servant’s quarters. Both tri-fields were placed in the rooms, and each of us hit record on...

FREE Ghost Tour on March 13th!

As part of International Tourist Guide Day, I am offering a FREE ghost tour on March 13th at 7:30pm. You must RSVP to secure a slot on the tour; space is limited and it is first come first serve! Updates: due to unseasonably cold weather on the 13th, this tour has been rescheduled for March 27th. *** THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST! WE ARE OFFERING TWO MORE GHOST TOURS THIS MONTH. USE DISCOUNT CODE MADMARCH14 FOR 30% OFF REGULAR TICKET PRICE! *** Spread the word! Hope to see you...
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