Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Tour 2018

On Friday, January 19th, 2018, join us for our fifth annual Edgar Allan Poe In Greenwich Village tour, a two-hour literary and historical walking tour that steps into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Poe lived and worked at the height of his fame — before plunging irrevocably into the final, abysmal chapter of his short life.

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How to have a Victorian Christmas in NYC

Every once in a while the universe converges to make a ready-made experience just waiting to fall into your lap. This year, a fortuitous confluence of events means that if you’re the type who wants to recreate a Victorian Christmas in New York City in 2017 (because why not?) then you’re in luck!

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Macabre Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Your guide to macabre gifts that matter. Our choices are still wonderfully grim and strange but with a tinge of something more than the usual fare, at the end of this nightmarish year.

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Tickets for Ghosts of Christmas Past on sale now!

Tickets to our annual holiday tour, Ghosts of Christmas Past, are on sale now! This two-hour walking tour combines some of the best true ghost stories of Greenwich Village with a special seasonal focus on the history of Christmas and its unique connection to New York City. It’s a refreshing alternative to the usual holiday fare, and perfect for anyone who likes their holidays with a side of creepy.

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Hart Island

In the past, Hart Island has variously been used as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a Union Civil War Camp, a women’s insane asylum, and a boys’ reformatory. It was also used to launch missiles during the Cold War in the sixties from the Nike Missile Site, and it housed a rehab facility called Phoenix House in the sixties and seventies. And it has been and continues to be used as a potter’s field.

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The Death of Young Edgar Poe: Some Observations on William Wilson

Re-reading Poe’s short story William Wilson, I was struck by the significance of the story’s settings and the parallels between the story and events in the author’s real life. The thinly-veiled stand in for his alma mater, the University of Virginia, particularly evokes an important event that changed the course of Poe’s life forever.

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Two Masters of Horror in NYC

Boroughs of the Dead presents two walking tours dedicated to the masters of literary horror this October: Lovecraft in Brooklyn follows the trajectory of H.P. Lovecraft's time living in Flatbush and Brooklyn Heights in the 1920s, and Edgar Allan Poe In Greenwich...

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Tickets for Halloween 2017 on sale now!

Tickets to all Boroughs of the Dead tours are now on sale for the Halloween 2017 season. Our meticulously researched ghostly and macabre historical tours are, as always, led by expert guides who are published authors, museum educators, and seasoned storytellers.

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