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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Hamlin New York hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong, the Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in Macau and the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

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

    The Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 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); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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 ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; 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 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; 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 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.

    Alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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 incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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); and the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

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

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



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