October means my favorite or holidays is here, Halloween! Getting into the spirit of tricks and treats, penis jokes aside, I sought out a ghost tour. A handful of tours exist that feature different ghostly aspects, but Boroughs of the Dead offers walking tour which intrigue me, Forgotten Dark Histories of Lower Manhattan.
The title had me hooked. I love history. I love ghosts. Most of all, I really love the Financial District. Arriving promptly for the tour, our guide greeted and kicked things off. What’s better than a ghost tour? How about a ghost tour led by someone who is a charismatic writer interested in the history of the city and the stories? Yes, please.
The tour provided a healthy dose of history; I had no idea many of the stories are a part of New York’s beginnings. From colonial days through the revolution and beyond, murder, pirates and spirits run amok. If that doesn’t entice you, maybe this will. Are you aware most New York City parks have dead bodies under them? It’s true, in fact, they’re accidentally dug up during construction all the time. Speaking of true, all of the ghost stories told are based on real people and events. It depends on your belief in ghosts and the supernatural, but the stories are true…maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a ghost yourself.
The tour was amazing, and though I didn’t feel true terror, I did leave with some dark thoughts that crept into my dreams. So much so, my ghostly dreams woke me from a dead sleep in a panic. Making the tour even more memorable – it’s good to be scared.