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Monsters, Ghosts, Folklore, Myths, Scary Stories and Legends in New York State
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 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 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 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); 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; 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 literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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 skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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; and alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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 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 giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; and Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Muskrats, peregrine falcons, hooded mergansers, Eastern cottontail rabbits, Eastern bluebirds, big brown bats, screech owls, ruffed grouse, pilot whales, red foxes, milk snakes, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, ospreys, red-breasted mergansers, brown garter snakes, brown thrashers, canvasbacks, weasels, gray foxes, snapping turtles, widgeons, black vultures, minks, bottle-nosed dolphins, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, porcupines, leatherback turtles, little brown bats, black-crowned night herons, red-winged blackbirds, bobwhite quails, common nighthawks, pileated woodpeckers, turkey vultures, harbor seals, bobolinks, great egrets, blue-winged warblers, spring peepers, Baltimore orioles, White-tailed deer, pintails, cardinals, black bears, piping plovers, spotted turtles, snowshoe hares, Eastern gray squirrels, box turtles, porpoises, common egrets, coyotes, bobcats, horseshoe crabs, common goldeneyes, great horned owls, spotted salamanders, woodcocks, painted turtles, raccoons, smooth green snakes, wild turkeys, bald eagles, water snakes, oldsquaws, snowy egrets, opossums, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, northern shovelers, otters, ruby-throated hummingbirds, diamondback terrapins, rufous sided towhees, belted kingfishers, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, great blue herons, black racer snakes, woodchucks, beavers, fishers, snowy owls, whip-poor-wills, common loons, fiddler crabs, black capped chickadees, white-winged scoters, American goldfinches, sea turtles, Eastern chipmunks and scarlet tanagers are among the wild animals of New York State.
Almost everyone wants to travel in the USA. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Skagway, Sitka, Sacramento, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Anchorage, Juneau, Miami, Detroit, Santa Fe, St Louis, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Houston, Honolulu, Seattle, Corpus Christi, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, New York, Savannah, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, San Diego, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Fairbanks, Albuquerque and Atlanta 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 Niagara Falls, rodeos, Yellowstone National Park, Route 66, the Adirondacks, the California coastline, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Disney resorts, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Appalachians, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Yosemite National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Ozarks, Glacier Bay National Park, Mount Rushmore, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Florida Keys and the Grand Canyon.
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. Good luck on your travels.
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