Some highlights of this tour include:
- Visit the sites of three of Poe's former homes
- Discover the places that inspired Poe, find out where he read “The Raven” for the first time in public
- Learn of the scandals and triumphs he experienced while living in Greenwich Village
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Yes, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest purchasing your tickets early to guarantee your desired tour day. You can buy your tickets either online or by phone with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Are these tours suitable for children?
- Boroughs of the Dead ghost tours and true crime tours cover topics that are “dark” and may be potentially disturbing in nature. Potential topics may include death, including the death of children and animals; general violence; gang violence; riots; slavery; prostitution; murder; piracy and illegal/criminal activities; drugs, alcohol and illicit substances; rape; abortion; war; torture; dismemberment; insanity; disease; discussions of the afterlife and spirit world; and grave-robbing. Worse, they contain positively lethal amounts of history. Children under 12 will likely be bored, scared, or both bored and scared. Nobody wants that. Just think of this tour like a PG-13 movie and use your judgment before buying tickets.
- How much walking is there?
- If you are elderly, injured, or have trouble walking, bear in mind that most of these tours entail about 1.2 miles of walking in a 90-minute period. Only take on what you can handle.
- What if it rains?
- Tours run rain or shine. Tours are only canceled in the case of extreme weather conditions or severe tour guide illness. Light rain or passing showers are not considered extreme. Hurricanes, blizzards, Nor’easters, hail, life-threatening lightning, and extremely heavy, prolonged rains are considered “extreme” weather. In the unlikely event that a tour is canceled due to extreme weather, you are invited to take any other tour at your convenience.
- What if It rains and I don't show up?
- Tickets are non-refundable. You can reschedule for another date if you give me 24 hours notice.
- What if the tour guide doesn't show up?
- This will never happen, unless the tour is officially cancelled. In the event that a tour is canceled due to tour guide illness, we will notify you, and you'll be invited to take any other tour at your convenience. You may also get a full refund if that is what you prefer.
- Where does the tour take place?
- This tour is centered around Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.
- Do we go inside any buildings?
- Since the duration of the tour is limited to less than 2 hours, we do not have time to go inside any of the locations we see on the tour. However, you may be able to return and explore your favorite locations at another time!
- Does the tour start and end at the same place?
- The tour ends fairly close to its starting point, no more than a few minutes' walk from Washington Square Park.
- Are there bathrooms along the way?
- There is no official bathroom break so please try to go before the tour (I can make recommendations at the meeting point if you arrive early).
- Are the tours conducted in English only?
- Yes, at the moment we can only offer tours in English, but you are welcome to arrange for an interpreter. Please note that if you are accompanied by an interpreter, they will need a full priced ticket.
- Is there anywhere to buy food or drinks along the way? Can I bring my own?
- Sure! While no food or drinks are included in the ticket price, feel free to pack light snacks and drinks or purchase them along the way.
- Are cameras allowed on the tour?
- Yes, cameras are permitted and we encourage you to take photos!
- Does the tour guide accept gratuities?
- Gratuities are not included in the ticket price. While not required, gratuities are accepted and always appreciated by the tour guides.
- Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
- Yes, this tour is wheelchair accessible. The tour is conducted on city sidewalks, and there are no stairs.
- Is there public parking available nearby?
- Street parking in Manhattan is always a challenge and I highly recommend using public transit.
- Are dogs/pets allowed on the tour?
- Trained service dogs are permitted on the tour, but other pets are not. I love dogs but I cannot be sure none of my other guests do not have an allergy, phobia, or wouldn't otherwise be inconvenienced by your pet and therefore I must defer to the greater good and prohibit all non-service pets. Sorry, Rex!
- Is smoking allowed on the tour?
- Sorry, no. I don't personally mind if you smoke but I can't be sure the other guests won't, so it's best to err on the side of caution and save your smoke break for after the tour.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
- At the moment I don't offer gift certificates but I plan to start offering them soon. Please click on the “Contact BoroughsOTD” link on the left of this page if you are interested in being notified when gift certificates become available.
- Do you offer private tours?
- Yes, private tours are available. To inquire about booking a private tour, please click on the “Contact BoroughsOTD” link on the left of this page.
Boroughs of the Dead: Macabre NYC Walking Tours
The five boroughs are filled with dark secrets, hidden histories, ghosts, and burial grounds. And so, one can look at the entire city as a place where the dead outnumber the living, where uncanny tales cannot be explained, and where things go bump all night long... these are the Boroughs of the Dead.
You'll find ghosts, murderers, thieves, and other lost souls on these dark, twisted, walks through Gotham's strangest sites.
All tours are led by Andrea Janes, a published horror author and licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide. She is the author of "Boroughs of the Dead: New York City Ghost Stories", the book that inspired this company. The book is a work of fiction, but in the course of her research, she discovered the city was a wealth of ghostly, gory stories, and decided she wanted to share them with the world.
“Andrea was top notch and the information and history she shared was incredibly interesting. The tour was spooky, smart and sassy, and taught us New Yorkers a number of things we did not know about our great city. I recommend this for natives and tourists alike.”
- Susan F., New York, NY