Medical London: A Self-Guided Walking Tour

Designed by the good people at Strange Attractor, and published by the Wellcome Collection and Trust, Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures, is a portmanteau: part map, part history, part walking-tour guide, stuffed with beautifully illustrated full-color prints of such points of interest as Bedlam Insane Asylum and Thomas Crapper’s water-closet manufactory. This […]

Lost Amusement Parks of New York City

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 […]

Scribes and Sailors of Woodlawn Cemetery

Yesterday I headed up to Woodlawn Cemetery for a little visit with my hero Herman Melville. Anyone who knows me knows about my Melville/Moby-Dick obsession (I have one), which is why it’s a little strange that I’ve been living in New York City for ten years and hadn’t visited his grave in Woodlawn. In my […]

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 […]

Film Favorites: Creature From The Black Lagoon

Canonical monster movie Creature From the Black Lagoon premiered today in 1954. Creature From the Black Lagoon is one of my favorite monster movies ever. When I first saw it, I was struck by its eerie gorgeousness; some of the film’s underwater sequences are strikingly graceful and dreamy. And I found a wonderful through-line connecting […]

Dark Tourism Survey Results Are In

A few months ago, I created a survey in order to ask the question, “What do you look for in a New York City ghost tour?” Several of you took the time to answer the survey, and the results are in! Here’s what you’re looking for in a ghost tour of NYC: Education and entertainment. […]