Macabre tours by no means stop at the end of October. Boroughs of the Dead has an amazing crop of ghastly tours coming up this November, including a reprise of the Poe tour that was pretty much sold out for all of October, and a brand new tour, The Weird West Village, that features among other tales a nod to the sinister life and works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Since so many of my tours involve a literary bent, and since all my favorite people have slightly nerdish leanings, I’m offering a special discount for this week only: use coupon code LITNERD to get 40% any BotD tour through November 10th. Read on for more details about the tours, or just head on over to Zerve to use that discount now!
Thursday Nov. 7th, 7:30pm
November’s featured tour is the brand-new tour The Weird West Village: From Washington Square to Hudson Street. Hear forgotten histories and urban lore as you explore the stranger side of the West Village. Find out where the ghosts of the Titanic “docked” in New York City. See the Village’s most haunted houses and taverns. Find out where Aleister Crowley practiced his dark arts and where H.P. Lovecraft found inspiration for his stories. For anyone interested in the unknown, the occult, and the weird side of history, this tour is a must. Advance booking strongly recommended.
Saturday Nov. 9th, 5:00pm
You’ll learn all about the ghastly, weird, often uncanny, and shockingly dark history of Lower Manhattan as this macabre walking tour wends its way through the oldest parts of New York City. See haunted taverns and gloomy graveyards. Hear surprisingly horrific stories of colonial and early New York, with a few ghostly tales mixed in for good measure. Experience a tour that appeals to both history lovers and fans of the paranormal and all things creepy and strange.
Saturday November 9th, 8:00pm
This 90-minute literary and historical walking tour steps into the life of Edgar Allan Poe’s Greenwich Village of the 1840s. 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 works. You will discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public, and learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living there. Interweaving some of his most famous tales with Greenwich Village’s macabre secret histories, this tour is guaranteed to delight fans of Poe’s literary grotesques.
Sunday November 10th, 3:00pm
Explore the sights of Green-Wood that aren’t listed on the map! See the hidden gems and strange secrets of New York’s foremost Victorian cemetery. With a focus on the scandalous and lesser-known inhabitants of Green-Wood, on this tour you’ll see the final resting places of femmes fatales, revolutionaries, gangsters, artists and murderers.