West Village Ghosts: Weird Tales From Out of the Past

West Village Ghosts Tour with Boroughs of the Dead Book Now

These labyrinthine streets weave a ghostly spell

This wonderfully weird walking tour picks up where our Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost tour leaves off, wending further westward through the labyrinthine streets of the West Village.

The West Village is a neighborhood that feels lost in time, a maze of secret courtyards and winding cobblestone lanes that are sometimes charming, sometimes unsettlingly disorienting. Its centuries-old brick dwellings seethe with supernatural stories and exude an air of ineffable mystery. The unexpected hush that greets you as you turn off a main thoroughfare and onto a quiet side street seems to offer glimpses of the past, weaving a ghostly spell that may tempt you to wonder if you’ve stumbled into another era…

Let us guide you through the weird tales and spectral stories of one of the city’s most haunting, mysterious, and wonderfully strange neighborhoods. Hear fantastic tales of restless spirits, phantom magicians, obsessive writers, fanboy body-snatchers, and spectral founding fathers. Find out how the Village influenced horror authors Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote “the archaic lanes and houses and unexpected bits of square and court indeed delighted me” on his all-night rambles through the vicinity. The Village has historically been a haven for poets and writers, and many well-known names feature on this tour — Dylan Thomas, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Shirley Jackson — as well as more arcane artists such as Walter B. Gibson, creator of The Shadow and a vast influence on paranormal pop culture. You’ll discover all of this and more uncanny tales and urban lore on Boroughs of the Dead’s haunting stroll through the past.

This tour is perfect for fans of ghost stories, strange tales, pulp horror, old time radio theater, magic, and mystery.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

Corner of Waverly Place and Gay St., across from Joe Coffee Company, just west of 6th Ave

End Location:

Near Bank St. and 7th Ave

Tour Duration:

90 minutes

Distance:

1 mile

Tour Run Dates:

May - November

Important Information
Adults

$35

Important Information

WHAT TO BRING

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

WHAT NOT TO BRING

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

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • 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.