Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New York City Spooky Stuff



Are you going to BEA this year?  Last year I gave a few tips which you can revisit HERE.  This year, I thought I'd give a few mentions of some spooky places that you might want to visit. 

Restaurants
Jekyll and Hyde of Greenwich Village - Greenwich Village. This is a great place to get a drink in.  I can't recommend the food.  Sorry.

The Slaughtered Lamb Pub - Greenwich Village. I actually really enjoy going to this spot.  The decor is rustic, but not over the top.  Touristy fun "light" I would call it and I like the pumpkin ravioli.

(In case you were wondering there was a Jekyll and Hyde restaurant uptown on 6th avenue.  They closed about a month ago and will re-open at some point at a new location in Times Square.)

One if by Land Two if by Sea - I haven't been to this restaurant (yet) because it's pretty pricey.  However, the promise of it being haunted by over 20 ghosts is enough to get me to lay out some cash for a lovely meal and a supernatural experience.  The staff frequently report spooky antics and since the building was once Aaron Burr's carriage house, the rumor is that one of the spirits is his.

The Landmark Tavern - What I think is cool is that this was originally a waterfront property since originally there was no 12th avenue in NYC.  Although it doesn't boast 20 ghosts, it is said to be haunted by a Confederate Civil War veteran who died in a bathtub after he was stabbed in a skirmish, an irish girl, and George Raft, a Hollywood actor of the 30s and 40s.

Ghost Tours
Ghosts of NY Walking Tours - Dr. Phil Schoenberg shows up in top hat and coat even in the height of summer to give an informative, historical and ghostly excurstion around NYC.  Usually you can just show up and pay and not have to worry about a reservation. 

New York Ghost Tours - I've never been on this one, but it's another option. 

Shows
Sleep No More - If you fancy walking around a giant warehouse, with a mask on your face while following actors who are re-envisioning MacBeth through dance, then this is the show for you.  It is more than a show.  It's an interactive experience.  If you get fatigued or worn out you can always go to the lounge.

Phantom of the Opera - Try TKTS in Times Square to see this classic Broadway show.  My favorite part is the party scene at the beginning of Act II.

Ghost The Musical - I think this would be very interesting to see translated to the stage.

Shops
Obscura Antiques - as seen on Discovery Channel's show Oddities, this shop has creepy crawly eerie bizarre articles.

Enchantments  - This store in the East Village serves your pagan and enchantment needs.

Halloween Adventure - It doesn't need to be October for you to visit this huge costume and accessory store.  Get ideas and inspiration early!

Gothic Renaissance - This store is right next door to Halloween Adventure and has a lot of steampunk, gothic clothes.  If you're a sucker for corsets this is the place to visit.

Trash and Vaudeville - Punk Rock, Metal and Goth clothes.  You never know what you'll find with each visit or who you'll meet.   On the same street is a veritable carnival of shops and restaurants.


I hope some of these ideas interest you.  If you don't have time to peruse these suggestions during BEA, you will just have to come back!



Photo By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

6 comments:

Midnyte Reader said...
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Savannah Valdez said...

I wish I could go to BEA! Great post! Would love to visit NY even if it wasn't BEA.

Jenny said...

YAY PHANTOM!!! I got to see that one at BEA last year and it was amazing. It's an all time favorite, I never tire of seeing it. I had no idea Ghost was a musical either, I'm super curious about that one now. Thanks for all the info Pam!

Kate@Midnight Book Girl said...

Oh, we must do a ghost tour!!!!

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Enchantments sounds like a great store!

fakesteph said...

Sooo... there are two Jeckyll and Hydes in New York. And one is much more family appropriate than the other. I was living in New Jersey at the time and our youth group went into the city and we went to the wrong Jeckyll and Hyde. Thirty teenage church kids eating at tables with tiki masks with flashing nipples. Hahaha. I love this list by the way.

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