Boroughs of the Dead
Though Queens' myriad cemeteries earned it the nickname Borough of the Dead, that description could easily apply to the rest of New York City. And indeed it does on tours led by horror author Andrea Janes, who guides intrepid guests on mile-plus excursions through the city's haunted past. To set spines tingling, Andrea spins historically rich yarns of murderers, Satanists, and ghouls while wandering through Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery or past lower Manhattan's haunted taverns.
Tours exploring the dark side of New York's neighborhoods are just the beginning, though. "Perfect for those with a hankering for the horrendous," according to Time Out New York, Andrea's Edgar Allan Poe-themed Greenwich Village visits stop at places where the poet penned some of his timeless works. She also leads curious guests on crime and vice tours, which include a visit to Five Points and storied accounts of the19th century gangs of New York.