Who We Are


Boroughs of the Dead was founded in 2013. Our historic ghost tours are in-depth, meticulously researched creations written and led by published authors and working artists. We explore medical and women’s history, the spectral, the occult, and other urban hauntings. 

Our specialty is storytelling; we love crafting tours, shaping our historical research into narratives and weaving them into the geography of our walks. We delight in unearthing and sharing the city’s dark and forgotten stories, and all of our guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable. 

Because of our emphasis on storytelling and history, both believers and skeptics alike will feel welcome on our ghost tours. And while we absolutely love a good ghost story, we know that human horrors can often be as frightening as any haunting, so our tours encompass a range from mostly ghostly to more historic. 

We’ve been called one of “the world’s top ten ghost tours” by the Today Show. Check out our press here.

Oh, and about that name? Our name is a tribute to the borough with the most cemeteries. It comes from the nickname for the borough of Queens, which is called the “Borough of the Dead” because of its surfeit of cemeteries. 

Boroughs of the Dead is a woman-owned, locally and independently operated business.


Though we deal with ghosts, haunting, and death, our tours aren’t scary or sensationalized …

Our tours are deeply researched and strongly history-based. Our emphasis on strange-but-true stories and history means that there is no active ghost-hunting aspect to any of these tours.

We don’t wear costumes or give tours in character. While there are plenty of good tours featuring capes and lanterns, that’s just not our particular preference.

The goal of our tours isn’t to produce a momentary sensation of fear but rather to communicate deeply unsettling stories that will stay with you long after the tour is done. We approach every story we tell with nuance and respect, balancing context with humor when appropriate. While we definitely make our tours fun, we never exploit pain or tragedy for entertainment. 

We keep our group sizes small. Normally our groups average about 15 people, with slightly higher numbers in October. We hope to see you among them soon!