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 left.
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 Points!
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.