It’s been Little Bohemia for over 100 years, and the hang-out of
artists and writers for even longer. Our Poets know all the best stories
of history, hauntings, and extraordinary encounters with the beyond…
From a pesky poltergeist who likes to play with fire, to a chilling
encounter with Edgar Allan Poe, to a dead speakeasy owner who’s not
ready to let go of her enterprise, they’ll make your walk through one of
the city’s hottest neighborhoods into a chilling experience.
The West Village has been home to many of Manhattan’s most memorable
artists…and as our Poet guide will tell you, some of them may have never
The Five Points. New York has never known a more wretched hive of
scum and villainy…which makes it the perfect place for W. M. Blackwood,
rakish libertine and infamous purveyor of macabre stories and true
crime. They will tell you tales of ghosts and hauntings spawned from the
bloody and violent history of this notorious area of the city,
including stories of P. T. Barnum’s museum of curiosities which was
doomed to burn down (twice), a hungry, chinless ghost in a basement, the
inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Oblong Box, & Lenape
spirits heard in subway tunnels. Power-hungry political bosses, street
toughs, gangsters, even the headless ghost of a great actor—all await
you on your visit with W. M. Blackwood to Manhattan’s infamous Five
New York City. They say if you can make it here, you can make it
anywhere. And to make it in the Five Points, you had to be tough as
nails. W. M. Blackwood will regale you with tale of those who refuse to
stay down, even in death.
Washington Square Park: popular tourist destination, hang-out for
college students… burial ground of an estimated 20,000 bodies. Hear the
full story from our perturbing Professor, as they guide you through
Greenwich Village, introducing you to some of the most notorious haunts
in New York. Drop in for a monstrous matinee at the Provincetown
Playhouse, then hear some poetry from Poe himself, and maybe grab a
drink with Aaron Burr! The Professor knows them all, and will make sure
that you learn a lesson or two about the supernatural history of one of
the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan.
The Washington Memorial commemorated the centennial of George
Washington’s inauguration. But The Professor will enlighten you as to
why construction was delayed…and what lies beneath.
Got a great ghost story you share over drinks? Our Bartender has many
of them, which she’ll share as she leads you through some of the East
Village’s most famous haunts. Find a hidden cemetery whose ghosts have
wandered into the hotel next door. Visit a Soviet-themed bar whose
previous owner, a famed New York mobster, still keeps an eye on things.
See where Harry Houdini, world famous escape artist, left his handcuffs
(and maybe much more).
In the East Village, you’ll find ghost trains on the Subway, a
theater haunted by its founder, and Edgar Allen Poe’s final drinking
place. Join us for an evening of spooks and stories as The Bartender
shows you the best spirits of the Lower East Side.
Most New Yorkers don’t think twice before descending into the subway
system. But some who have gone into the Astor Place station say they’re
lucky to have made it out. Find out why over a drink with our Bartender.