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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Forest Hills New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Hyatt Macau, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio and the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. are internationally renowned hotels.

    Monsters, Legends, Scary Stories, Ghosts, Myths and Folklore in 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 giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; 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 Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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; 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 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 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); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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 Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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; and 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, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

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

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


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