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    We wish you an enjoyable stay at your chosen Watkins Glen New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Peace Hotel (formerly the renowned Cathay Hotel) in Shanghai, the Hotel Lisboa and its famous casino in Macau, the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa and the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

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

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

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

    Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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 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); and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of 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 Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; and 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), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places 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); the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); and the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.



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