We are a boutique-sized business, locally and independently owned and operated. Boroughs of the Dead is proud to be a woman-owned business.
We hire and support artists, writers, historians, and museum educators, like-minded in our mission and goals of sharing the strange, dark, and unusual stories of our city with both locals and visitors. Many of our guides are writers either by profession or passion. We know how to tell ghost and horror stories, as both fans and authors of weird and gothic fiction. (What is weird fiction? Think horror but not necessarily always supernatural; think uncanny, unusual, a little bit outside the realm of the real.)
This review is for the “Weird Tales of the West Village” tour. Our tour guide, Riley, was informative and charismatic. Her tour was full of interesting historical tidbits and anecdotes about the West Village and was suitable for both the casual history fan and more serious history buff. Extra points to Riley for masterfully handling interruptions from addled park-goers. Two caveats to consider before booking: (1) this is less of a ghost tour and more of a history tour, so plan accordingly, and (2) be sure to do a quick search for coupon codes before you book. Bonus info: be sure to grab pizza at John’s of Bleecker (278 Bleecker) before or after the tour.
We did the Magic and Mysticism of Central Park tour with Leanna last night. Leanna was fantastic, she was really passionate about the history of the park and we learned a lot. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. My only criticism is that it felt like an excellent historical tour of the Park, but there wasn’t a lot of the occult, mysticism etc. That was discussed, but not to the extent I had hoped for. It wasn’t creepy at all. I would still really recommend it, because the guide is fantastic and I learned a lot, and walking around Central Park at night does give everything a creepy and fun feeling. ÊI definitely want to check out some of the other tours by this company soon.