New Windsor NY hotels. Search for hotels in New Windsor New York USA. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of New York State. New York State attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Camelopard travel tips and hints.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your New Windsor New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Excelsior Hotel in Hong Kong near the famous noonday gun, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Mandarin Oriental Macau, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana. are some of the world's most famous hotels.
State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, National Parks, Nature Reserves and Refuges in New York State
Allegany State Park near Salamanca, with black bears, beavers and more, often revealed in the evening by spotlights around Red House Lake; Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area; Finger Lakes National Forest; Sterling Forest State Park; Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex; Watkins Glen State Park, on Seneca Lake, with its cliffs and eighteen waterfalls; Labrador Hollow Unique Area; Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands area; Niagara Falls State Park, the first state park in the USA; Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark and the habitat of bears and other wildlife; Letchworth State Park with its waterfalls and the Genesee River Gorge; Great Swamp Conservancy; the wild Adirondack Park, inhabited by black bears and increasing numbers of moose and with its famous Great Camps, wilderness lodges of the wealthy; Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary; Nelson Swamp Unique Area; Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca; the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunk Mountains; and Catskill Park with its forest inhabited by bears, bobcats and other animals as well as, perhaps, the Catskill gnomes, are among the national or state parks, forests and refuges of New York State.
Myths, Monsters, Legends, Ghosts, Scary Stories and Folklore in New York State
Events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 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 finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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); and the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), 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; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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 Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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 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 Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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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