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Niagara Falls Area NY hotels. Find hotels in Niagara Falls Area New York United States of America. New York State attractions, sights, wildlife refuges, national and state forests, national and/or state parks. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of New York State. Camelopard travel tips and hints.

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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Niagara Falls Area New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Grand Hyatt Macau, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech), the Queen Mary in Long Beach and the Grand Coloane Beach Resort in Macau. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

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

    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); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); and the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of 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 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 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 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); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; and Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state, 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 Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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, Birds, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

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


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