SEASONAL AND SPECIALTY TOURS

Manhattan

Meeting Point: In front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (Tour ends in the West Village, near Hudson Street). This tour is approximately 2 hours in duration and one mile in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather.

Tour Description: This annual holiday 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. Delve into the dark side of Christmas folklore and discover its connections to the immigrant communities of the East Village. Find out why the Victorians loved to tell ghost stories at Christmastide. Learn where Charles Dickens read A Christmas Carol in 1867. Uncover the ways Washington Irving, John Pintard (a founder of the New-York Historical Society) and Clement Clarke Moore, all members of New York City’s 19th century “Knickerbocker” elite, changed the way we envision Christmas. Feel the dark magic of Yuletide as we regale you with tales of ghosts, goblins, trolls, and spirits, and discover the truly tumultuous history of Christmas on this enchantingly unconventional holiday tour.

This tour runs every year in December.

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

THE MAGIC AND MYSTICISM OF CENTRAL PARK

Meeting Point: Meet at the northeast corner of W 72nd Street and Central Park West, on the park side. This tour is approximately 1hr 45 minutes in duration and 1.3 miles in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather.

Tour Description: Central Park has as many secrets to share as it has acres. Among its sweeping vistas are hidden traces of the 19th century’s transcendentalism and spiritual revivals, echoed in the landscape aesthetics of the park.

Join actress and bestselling author Leanna Renee Hieber on a transportative journey through the city’s crown jewel, drinking in the endless magic of a space rich in mystical imagery and spiritual symbolism.

This 90-minute walking tour delves deeply into sites such as Strawberry Fields, the Bethesda Terrace and Lake, Belvedere Castle, Cleopatra’s Needle, the Ramble, and Conservatory Water, and explores their arcane, occult and spiritual aspects.

$25 in advance, $30 at the door

Meeting Point: 85 W 3rd St. between Thompson and Sullivan This tour is approximately 2 hours in duration and one mile in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather.

Tour Description: Edgar Allan Poe In Greenwich Village is 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. On this tour, which runs twice a year only (on the anniversary of Poe’s death in October, and in January to commemorate his birthday), you will visit the site of three of his former homes, trace a path into the past to gaslight-era Washington Square Park, learn of his contemporary rivals and admirers, and see where he wrote some of his most famous stories and poems. Interweaving some of his most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, this tour is guaranteed to enthrall fans of Poe’s literary grotesques while honoring his literary legacy in New York City.

This tour is the only dedicated literary, historical, and biographical Poe tour in Manhattan. See our write-ups in Rue Morgue and Literary Manhattan.

Tour runs every year in October and January.

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

EDGAR ALLAN POE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

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GHOSTS OF THE TITANIC

Meeting Point: The south side of Astor Place, in front of Cooper Union school (the big brown building with the large steps and portico). Take the 6 train to Astor Place or the N/R trains to 8th St. NYU. This tour is approximately 2 hours in duration and 1.3 miles in length. Runs rain or shine, except in cases of severely inclement weather.

Tour Description: Join us as we seek out the lost spirits of the Titanic. Let us lead you from Greenwich Village to the Hudson River as we tell tales of spectral sailors, waterfront gangsters, pirates, murderers, poets, and other lost souls. We’ll show you where survivors of the Titanic were brought ashore in that cold April of 1912, and share macabre, sorrowful tales of the watery deep as we remember the Titanic’s tragic and glorious story, and how it is uniquely connected to New York City.

This tour runs every year in April.

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

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