Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria

Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria

Unsettling tales of this neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past

Astoria is a pleasant, bustling, vibrant neighborhood — but it also has a dark and lurid history with its fair share of ghosts. Its shadowy past is a whirlpool of sunken ships, secret cemeteries and tombstones, grisly murders, sinister legends, and deadly waters.

Discover these unsettling tales with “Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria,” a 2-hour stroll that visits some lesser-known historical sites and glorious Victorian mansions of Old Astoria Village, and reveals these haunting legends of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past.

The “Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria” tour is designed and led by Marie Carter, an expert on haunted Queens and the author of Mortimer and the Witches: A History of 19th Century Fortune Tellers.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

At the SOUTH ENTRANCE to Socrates Sculpture Park, on the corner of Vernon Blvd. and Broadway (not inside the park)

End Location:

Near Hell Gate Bridge

Tour Duration:

2 hours


1.4 miles

Tour Run Dates:


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.