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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Waverly New York hotel. When you get the chance, stay in some of the famous, luxurious and/or historic hotels of your destinations. The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, the Chelsea Hotel in New York, the Arena Copacabana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong (featuring in the Clark Gable movie Soldier of Fortune), the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes. are some of the world's most famous hotels.

    Folklore, Myths, Scary Stories, Monsters, Legends and Ghosts in 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; 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; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; 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; 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 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 incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); 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 giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; 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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; 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 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; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; 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 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 Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

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

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


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    The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. Visit Camelopard.com again, if not to travel then for another useful travel tip.

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