Monday, April 13, 2009

The nineteenth day...

Monday, April 13, 2009
Who's interested in the ghosts of New York? My sisters and I recently went on this Ghost Walk tour - the Peter Stuyvesant and His Ghostly Friends of the East Village Tour. It was great; a nice mix of history and fun. We were lucky to have a small group. In total, there were 8 people, tour guide included, which allowed us to have a nice even-paced, informal tour. Since the group was so small, we ended up having a tour that was about 50% tour activities and 50% laughter. This tour included walking around to some of New York’s historic locations. Once we arrived at each location, the tour guide told us some of the history surrounding the locations and the individuals/families that once lived, worked, etc. there. A lot of it was pretty gruesome, but it was all interesting. I think I'll check out the Ghosts of Grand Central and the New York City Subways tour next.

Some pics from the tour...
A bust of Petrus "Peter" Stuyvesant in the courtyard of St. Mark's Church. Supposedly, his ghost still haunts the church; and some still hear his peg leg tap-tapping around.

St. Mark's Church

McSorley's Old Ale House. This pub was a favorite haunt of Harry Houdini. They still have a pair of his handcuffs inside.

According to ancient lore, Edgar Allan Poe lived on the third floor of this apartment building above Il Buco; and the architecture in the Il Buco cellar inspired Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado".

Il Buco

Front door to the apartment building over Il Buco
There are quite a few historical places in NY that I've always wanted to check out, including the King Manor Museum. I lived right by it when I was a kid, but never took the opportunity to go inside.
King Manor Museum
So, does anyone know of any other interesting tours in the NY 5 borough area?

4 comments :):

MaisyDaisy

That shot of the fire escape is cool. I've never been to NY.

for the love of pictures

Thanks :) It was a cool looking building. You should visit NY one day. There's some great architecture, etc in the city.

Anna

I've always wanted to do one of the NYC ghost tours. I will have to check it out next time I'm up. Great pics!

for the love of pictures

Thanks Anna :) It was a lot of fun. You can get discounted tickets at www.goldstar.com if you're interested. You can actually get discounted tix for quite a few things there.

 
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