Cohoes NY hotels. Search for hotels in Cohoes New York USA. Ghosts, hauntings, monsters, folklore, cryptozoology, myths and legends of New York State. Warnings, anecdotes and travel advice from Camelopard.com. New York State attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks.
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Myths, Legends, Scary Stories, Monsters, Folklore and Ghosts in New York State
Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; 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 Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); and the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of 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 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 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 finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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); 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 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; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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 literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; and the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
National Forests, State Parks, National Parks, State Forests, Nature Reserves and Refuges in New York State
Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA; Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes; Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Labrador Hollow Unique Area; Finger Lakes National Forest; Sterling Forest State Park; Great Swamp Conservancy; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; and Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.
The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Las Vegas, Chicago, Savannah, Dallas, Kansas City, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Fairbanks, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, Miami, Washington DC, New Orleans, Anchorage, Sitka, Juneau, Phoenix, Honolulu, Atlantic City, New York, Corpus Christi, Houston, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, San Diego, Skagway, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Boston, St Louis, Seattle and Los Angeles. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Route 66, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Ozarks, the Appalachians, the Grand Canyon, rodeos, the Everglades, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Mount Rushmore, Mount Rainier National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the California coastline, the Disney resorts, the Adirondacks, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Okefenokee Swamp, Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, Yosemite National Park, Niagara Falls, the Florida Keys, Yellowstone National Park and Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Happy travelling!
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