Richmond Hill NY hotels. Reservations for hotels in Richmond Hill New York United States of America. Wildlife, state and national forests and parks, attractions and/or sights of New York State. Interesting or amusing stories, warnings or travel advice. Folklore, monsters, ghosts, legends, hauntings and myths of New York State.
Camelopard wishes you a comfortable stay in your Richmond Hill New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the New Stanley Hotel in Nairobi, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana and the Grand Hyatt Macau. are among the classic or luxury hotels of the world.
Mammals, Reptiles, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Ruddy turnstone sandpipers, muskrats, great horned owls, great egrets, belted kingfishers, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, snowy owls, northern shovelers, hooded mergansers, bottle-nosed dolphins, red-winged blackbirds, smooth green snakes, ruffed grouse, black vultures, ospreys, sea turtles, pilot whales, fishers, black capped chickadees, Eastern bluebirds, milk snakes, snowshoe hares, canvasbacks, snowy egrets, raccoons, beavers, Baltimore orioles, fiddler crabs, diamondback terrapins, gray foxes, box turtles, horseshoe crabs, black-crowned night herons, porcupines, harbor seals, scarlet tanagers, White-tailed deer, black bears, cardinals, snapping turtles, American goldfinches, minks, woodcocks, brown garter snakes, little brown bats, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, red foxes, screech owls, spotted turtles, widgeons, black racer snakes, ruby-throated hummingbirds, whip-poor-wills, red-breasted mergansers, piping plovers, spring peepers, wild turkeys, spotted salamanders, Eastern gray squirrels, common goldeneyes, pileated woodpeckers, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, bald eagles, bobolinks, rufous sided towhees, common egrets, big brown bats, common nighthawks, leatherback turtles, peregrine falcons, pintails, bobcats, porpoises, common loons, bobwhite quails, water snakes, opossums, Eastern chipmunks, brown thrashers, otters, white-winged scoters, turkey vultures, coyotes, Eastern cottontail rabbits, weasels, woodchucks, blue-winged warblers, great blue herons, oldsquaws and painted turtles are among the wild animals of New York State.
Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends, Folklore, Myths and Ghosts in New York State
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); 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); Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
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 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); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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; and the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
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); 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 Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; 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; and the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon), are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
America welcomes careful drivers; also pilots and passengers, for that matter. 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 Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Skagway, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Juneau, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Detroit, Seattle, Dallas, Boston, St Louis, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Houston, Sitka, San Diego, Albuquerque, Washington DC, Honolulu, Atlanta, Corpus Christi, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Minneapolis, Fairbanks, Miami, Chicago, Anchorage, Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Glacier Bay National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Disney resorts, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the wild west town of Tombstone, Bryce Canyon, the Adirondacks, Yosemite National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Ozarks, the Florida Keys, the Appalachians, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the California coastline, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, Mount Rushmore, Niagara Falls, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Route 66, rodeos, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Travel safely and happily.
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