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New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

1. New York City: Gangsters and Ghosts 2-Hour Walking Tour

Take a two-hour guided walking tour through some of NYC's most famous neighborhoods and discover their stories of gangsters and ghosts from the city’s past. The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Greenwich Village were known as the vice districts during the 1920s and 30s. See the places where gangsters such as John Gotti and Lucky Luciano used to party, make deals, and carry out threats. Visit haunted locations and old crime scenes on a tour led by historians. Spooky tales of the ghosts and gangsters of NYC's streets will be shared along the way. Stop at The Five Points, known for hosting New York's most infamous gangs, Chinatown's "Blood Alley," haunted houses of the West Village, and the many restaurants where mafia murders occurred in Little Italy. Go inside the Godfather-featured Basilica of St Patrick. The tour is family friendly with frequent stops.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

2. Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Explore the darker side of Greenwich Village on a ghost tour after dark. Learn about the infamous Hanging Tree as you walk into the heart of Washington Square Park and see the arch while listening to spine-chilling stories from your local guide. Next, make your way over to the Brown Building, site of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, where the victims still linger to this day. Walk up 5th Avenue and stop past the Church of the Ascension, haunted by the artist John Lafarge. See the most haunted house in Manhattan at 14 West 10th Street, home to 22 spirits and the site of several murders. Head into the heart of the West Village, pass the home of Emma Lazarus and one of the most beautiful libraries in New York City.  Hear about the ghost of a former mayor at 12 Gay Street, and pass the famous Stonewall Inn where the riots that led to the birth of gay rights began. Cross Christopher Street to visit the infamous speakeasy of Chumley's.

NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

3. NYC: Bear Mountain Fall Foliage Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

Cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain in all its autumn glory. This cruise takes you to Bear Mountain State Park at just the right time when those beautiful bursts of fall leaves start to appear along the Hudson. But this is much more than a fall foliage cruise. Stop at Bear Mountain to indulge in some glorious nature. Hop off the boat there, where for 2 hours, you can enjoy the park’s 50+ hiking and biking trails, paddle around the lake,  and take in the general splendor of nature and fall weather. You will also enjoy the autumnal sights with some light narration from your onboard guide, all the while enjoying the "Onboard Oktoberfest" with German food and beer specials plus some good ol’ oom-pah music. Sample food and drink offerings include: • German Feast Plate with bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German potato salad • Prop & Peller Real Bavarian Pretzels • Traditional pork schnitzel • Classic concessions items (hot dogs, chips, candy, etc.) • Draft and bucket specials on all Warsteiner beers Landmarks visible on the cruise include: • Riverside Church • Grant's Tomb • The Little Red Lighthouse • George Washington Bridge • Hudson Valley foliage • Bear Mountain State Park

NYC: Haunted and Historic Pub Crawl of Greenwich Village

4. NYC: Haunted and Historic Pub Crawl of Greenwich Village

Mingle with the ghosts of Greenwich Village on this haunted pub crawl. Discover some of the city's spookiest historic locations and hear stories of the unheard as you enjoy a drink or two. Meet your guide at the Slaughtered Lamb and listen to tales of werewolves and missing teens as you sip a refreshing drink. From there, head on to seven other spooky spots including three extra bars. Travel back to the days of prohibition-era mobsters at Pirate’s Den. Try to capture evidence of spectral balls of light at Marie’s Crisis. Investigate the disappearance of Theodosia Burr at One if By Land, Two if By Sea and finish up with a some West Village punch at Down the Hatch. Head home with a pleasant buzz and more than a few chilling stories to entertain family and friends.

New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

5. New York City: Haunted Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

New York City is known for its hustle and bustle, and has been the living space for many of America’s most historically significant people. With every step you take in this concrete jungle, there’s a good chance you’re coming across something that has a story to it that you’ve never heard before. Throughout this dense city filled with generations of historic events, there’s one area with a real reputation for paranormal activity: Greenwich Village. Come explore a side of Greenwich Village that many people have never known about. The town has been inundated with a history that is fascinating, tragic, and strange. Embark on a life-changing experience and explore a side of New York that few are brave enough to see. Throughout the tour you will visit 9 haunted locations in and around Greenwich Village whilst seeing historical places that are home to some of the strangest tales you’ve ever heard. You'll encounter the Jefferson Market Library, where architectural curiosity catches the eye due to its unique tower. If you look closer however you’ll see a dark past, as this building once served as a prison for Manhattan’s female criminals, and was also the first night court. Following that you will visit the site of the Triangle Factory Fire, a tragic event which led to the death of nearly 150 people. You'll conclude by visiting the Mark Twain House and a haunted restaurant, where ghosts from 200 years ago have been seen consistently since 1910. Whilst at the Mark Twain House you can see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous author walking about in a white suit, which many witnesses claim to have seen.

New York: 2-Hour Ghost Walk and Paranormal Tour

6. New York: 2-Hour Ghost Walk and Paranormal Tour

Go on an adventure beyond the pale as you discover paranormal phenomena and the terrifying other-worldliness of the “Big Apple” on a walking tour of New York’s ghostlier landmarks. One of the great urban centers of the modern world, New York City also has one of the densest concentrations of paranormal phenomena. Get into the spirit of discovery as you walk through some of the ghostlier neighborhoods. Your guide will share stories of ghost sightings, tell tales of antique scandals, and enlighten you on some of the haunting mysteries of historical luminaries, such as Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, and Washington Irving. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the ghost of Roosevelt’s dog, ranging the park in search of the President. Dare to sit in the favorite chair of New York’s ghost poet at his favorite Greenwich Village watering hole, and learn why the expression “dead drunk” takes on an entirely different meaning in some of the ghostlier precincts of New York. Decide for yourself if the “City That Never Sleeps” has a spooky reason for its insomnia.

NYC: The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Exploration Game

7. NYC: The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Exploration Game

Head to St. Marks Church-In-The-Bowery, where the game will start. It will take you around 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore and finish it at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at Employees Only. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

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What people are saying about New York City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Very interesting, lots of stories and above all, Chinatown which is little known :) Very interesting, lots of stories and above all, Chinatown which is little known :)

Such a fun experience! Got to walk around and see the different places and hear the history!

Very informative and fun walk with good spacing and activities along the way

Our skilled guide told exciting stories about both gangsters and ghosts

Nate was a brilliant story teller very interesting