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Quick: what comes to mind when I say the word “weird”? The uncanny? The eerie, odd, and inexplicable? “Weird” is all of these things — the ghostly and strange and subtly disturbing. Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft were masters of the literary weird, icons in the world of unsettling literature. By a (weird?) coincidence, […]
Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Beyond Coney Island is a must-read for any fan of obsolete amusements, NYC history, and bygone attractions. The book, available now from History Press, is a breezy read, peppered with anecdotes and delightfully nostalgic details. I chatted with authors Wes and Barbara Gottlock after a recent talk at […]
This weekend’s Ghosts of Christmas Past Walking Tour is featured in the New York Times Spare Times column! Starting tonight, November 29th, at 7:30pm, the tour focuses on the old British tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas in the vein of Charles Dickens, but with a decidedly New York City twist! From the old […]
Get a discount of over 50% on Amazon Local. Choose from either Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan or The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour. Vouchers are $24 for two tickets to either of these seasonal favorites.
There are many, many guides who will show you the best, brightest, and most beautiful sights the city has to offer, but I prefer the darker side of tourism. I want to know about the hidden histories of those who never made it into the guidebooks. I want to know what happened in the darkest nights, in the furthest reaches of New York City’s past. I want to know what happened to this city’s poor, to its wretches, to its forgotten. Most of all, I want to know what happened to its ghosts.
There are a lot of tour companies in New York City offering ghost and murder tours, and anyone so inclined has a wide array of offerings from which to choose. But each company has their own particular slant and style, and some of us have a high commitment to the art of story telling. You […]
When April comes, I begin to think of the Titanic. The tragic maritime disaster with its ghostly whiff of unfinished business, why, it just inflames my imagination, let me tell you. And living in New York City, we have something of a special claim to the story — along with Belfast, Southampton, and Halifax, New […]
New Years’ Eve is almost upon us, so what better time to tell a few ghostly yarns involving bars? There are many reportedly haunted bars and taverns in New York City, and many of their stories are well-known by now: The White Horse Tavern, The Bridge Cafe, McSorley’s, and the Ear Inn all have […]
14 West 10th Street, located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, on one of the Village’s most picturesque blocks. It is perhaps no wonder, then, that it is incredibly haunted. After all, it seems almost too good to be true… Mark Twain lived at this address from 1900 – 1901 and if you visit it you […]
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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 […]