East Village Ghosts

East Villages Ghost Tour in New York City. Tour by Boroughs of the Dead

A haunting history of this legendary neighborhood, told through a ghostly lens

The East Village is legendary in its own right, known for its unique cultural history spanning from the 17th century Dutch colony to the rich immigrant history of the 19th and early 20th centuries, up to its punk scenes of the 1970s and 80s and more recent, gentrified, iterations. Throughout all this tumultuous history, one thing has remained unchanged: it is very, very haunted.

This tour presents a haunting history of the neighborhood, reflecting its changing scenes and colorful characters through a ghostly lens. You’ll hear all about the one-legged phantom of Peter Stuyvesant, discover some crabby spectral librarians at the former Astor Library (now Joe’s Public Theater), debate the existence of the afterlife on Harry Houdini’s old stomping grounds, and see one of Manhattan’s most famous genuinely haunted houses.

A fun, slightly creepy, sometimes cheeky look at the collective ghosts of a neighborhood that often flirts on the edge of self-parody, but still contains an undeniable fascination and profound historical significance.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

Front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 East 10th St.

End Location:

Near Washington Square East

Tour Duration:

90 minutes


1 mile

Tour Run Dates:

September - November

Important Information


Not currently open for booking, check back soon!

Important Information


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash (or your preferred app, i.e. Venmo) if you want to tip your guide


  • Pets
  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Film/photography/recording equipment without prior permission


  • Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! (See our advice here)
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Most of our tours are at least a mile in length.
  • In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, this tour may be amended or postponed; if postponed you will be given a rain check to take another tour at your convenience.
  • There are no bathroom breaks or rest stops on the tour.
  • Tours start on time, so please try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in and get comfortable before the tour starts.