Forgotten Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan

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This spirited stroll is perfect for history lovers with a curiosity for the macabre

Here in the oldest part of New York City, the spirits of our past are palpable as we stand in its crooked, shadowy streets. In Lower Manhattan, there are a wealth of histories ghastly, grim, and stranger-than-fiction. Join us for the Forgotten Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan tour to uncover the eerie legends and haunting tales that have shaped this historic area.

The tales told on this tour range from the heart-wrenching and horrific to the ghoulishly funny to the flat-out frightening. Our guides lead you through 400 years of legends and history––across burial grounds, sites of rebellion and revolution––that haunt us still today.

Visit burial sites and sacred spaces, haunted taverns, parks and potter’s fields. Meet witches and wretches, pirates and prisoners, and be prepared to shift your perspective of this urban pocket of the material world.

Part historical tour, part ghost tour, this spirited stroll is perfect for history lovers with a curiosity for the macabre, and for fans of all things paranormal, creepy, and strange.

Content warning: We always leaven our stories with humor, but some on this tour may be disturbing. Learn more at the BotD FAQ page.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

1 Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004, in front of the National Museum of the American Indian

End Location:

Near City Hall Park

Tour Duration:

2 hours


1 miles

Tour Run Dates:

May - November

Important Information


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.