Armonk NY hotels. Find inns, motels or hotels in Armonk New York USA. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of New York State. New York State folklore, legends, myths, ghosts, monsters and hauntings. Interesting or amusing stories, warnings or travel advice.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Armonk New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the beautiful and historic San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, Raffles Hotel in Singapore where the Singapore Sling was invented in the hotel's Long Bar and the Villa D'Este on Lake Como. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.
Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
White-tailed deer, ospreys, common loons, smooth green snakes, opossums, big brown bats, whip-poor-wills, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, spotted turtles, Eastern bluebirds, woodcocks, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, box turtles, raccoons, sea turtles, leatherback turtles, milk snakes, Baltimore orioles, diamondback terrapins, widgeons, woodchucks, coyotes, bald eagles, rufous sided towhees, black capped chickadees, scarlet tanagers, Eastern chipmunks, snowy egrets, piping plovers, minks, blue-winged warblers, turkey vultures, ruffed grouse, northern shovelers, weasels, harbor seals, water snakes, muskrats, black racer snakes, red foxes, spring peepers, cardinals, snowshoe hares, porpoises, screech owls, brown thrashers, black bears, beavers, great blue herons, common egrets, horseshoe crabs, Eastern cottontail rabbits, Eastern gray squirrels, oldsquaws, American goldfinches, pintails, otters, great horned owls, black vultures, pileated woodpeckers, black-crowned night herons, brown garter snakes, fiddler crabs, common nighthawks, pilot whales, snapping turtles, fishers, painted turtles, white-winged scoters, bobolinks, bottle-nosed dolphins, great egrets, common goldeneyes, little brown bats, red-winged blackbirds, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, snowy owls, gray foxes, bobwhite quails, belted kingfishers, hooded mergansers, bobcats, wild turkeys, peregrine falcons, red-breasted mergansers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, porcupines, canvasbacks and spotted salamanders are among the wild animals of New York State.
Myths, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts, Folklore and Scary Stories in New York State
The ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
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 incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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 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 Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 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); 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); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; and 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, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
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