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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The Poisonous Prohibition in Brooklyn Heights

The following is a guest post from our tour guide Marie Carter, who will be conducting a lecture on "The Poisonous Prohibition" at QED in Astoria on Sunday, June 25, 2017, and leading our "Haunted Brooklyn Heights" tour -- which will feature stories of poison during...

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The Father of Landscape Architecture

The following is a guest post by our guide Leanna Renee Hieber. Her custom tour, The Magic and Mysticism of Central Park, will run on Sunday, June 18th in a special Fathers' Day edition. Tickets are available here. We think of Frederick Law Olmsted as the father of...

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H.P. Lovecraft’s New York City Walks

1920’s horror writer H. P. Lovecraft did not much relish his two years living in New York City (and that is putting it very mildly). He considered himself forever a New Englander and spent his long months of exile pining for his home in Providence, RI. But if there is one way that Lovecraft did resemble a typical New Yorker, it was that he was a walker.

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