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    Folklore, Monsters, Legends, Scary Stories, Myths and Ghosts in New York State

    The ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; and events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence), are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; and the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

    Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Widgeons, great blue herons, blue-winged warblers, Eastern cottontail rabbits, ospreys, water snakes, Baltimore orioles, black capped chickadees, spotted salamanders, White-tailed deer, ruby-throated hummingbirds, woodchucks, horseshoe crabs, spring peepers, rufous sided towhees, smooth green snakes, black racer snakes, belted kingfishers, ruffed grouse, brown garter snakes, turkey vultures, muskrats, Eastern gray squirrels, minks, black-crowned night herons, common egrets, pileated woodpeckers, snowshoe hares, otters, bobcats, red foxes, pintails, sea turtles, great horned owls, leatherback turtles, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, whip-poor-wills, snowy owls, fishers, white-winged scoters, American goldfinches, wild turkeys, fiddler crabs, brown thrashers, black bears, porcupines, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, bobolinks, snowy egrets, gray foxes, painted turtles, harbor seals, snapping turtles, woodcocks, common goldeneyes, oldsquaws, coyotes, piping plovers, porpoises, peregrine falcons, canvasbacks, bottle-nosed dolphins, scarlet tanagers, big brown bats, hooded mergansers, diamondback terrapins, raccoons, box turtles, common nighthawks, cardinals, black vultures, bald eagles, weasels, red-winged blackbirds, common loons, milk snakes, opossums, beavers, little brown bats, spotted turtles, great egrets, screech owls, pilot whales, Eastern bluebirds, northern shovelers, Eastern chipmunks, bobwhite quails and red-breasted mergansers are among the wild animals of New York State.


    Some people say that they have no desire to visit America because they have seen so much of it on TV and in the movies. However, there is no substitute for the real thing. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Miami, Corpus Christi, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Anchorage, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Honolulu, Albuquerque, New York, Boston, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Lake Tahoe, Skagway, Santa Fe, Sacramento, Juneau, Los Angeles, Detroit, Sitka, Fairbanks, St Louis, San Diego, Savannah, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, Seattle and New Orleans are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include Rodeos, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yosemite National Park, the California coastline, Niagara Falls, Glacier Bay National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Adirondacks, Mount Rushmore, Bryce Canyon, Route 66, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Disney resorts, the Ozarks, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Grand Canyon, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Appalachians, the Everglades, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount Rainier National Park and the Florida Keys.

    The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. By the way, you will find other Camelopard tips, hints, anecdotes or warnings on other pages of the website.

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