Halloween Watchlist – Scary Funny

Well, here we are in October, which means it’s time for…what season are the stores already celebrating? Christmas? And then Saint Patrick’s Day next week? Ugh. Well, I’m a purist, and this is the Halloween season. Every year at this time, it seems like everyone puts together a list of their favorite horror movies, so […]

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring is in the air and for some of the world’s cryptids, it’s also in their step.  Take Spring Heeled Jack, for instance.  This is a guy who witnesses claim could jump over walls, all while cackling maniacally at others’ fear and misfortune.  What a schadenfreude. The tale of Spring Heeled Jack is not for […]

St. Paul’s (nearly) invincible Churchyard

St. Paul’s Chapel and Churchyard opened in 1766. At this moment, that brings the structures age to approximately 248 years old. It is the oldest public building still in use in NYC, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. With approximately 1,000 interments in a space smaller than 1/4 of a city block, […]

Second of Three: NYC’s Oldest and Most Hidden Cemeteries

Last night before going to see Sleep No More, my friend Chaz and I met up at this hidden gem of a cemetery to document and take some photos for my article. That’s what I call “Killing two birds with one (tomb)stone.” (::uproarious laughter::….But really though.) Chaz took these photos for me while I ogled […]

The Mysterious Case of Esther Ennis

Earlier this week I wrote an article about Calvary Cemetery in Queens. In the article I made a brief mention of a young woman who was the “first burial in Calvary,” in 1848. Her name was Esther Ennis. She was only 29 years old when she died, and according to “legend” she died of a […]

Calvary Cemetery: 3 Million (and 1) Souls

When I moved to Queens, I knew that I was entering a new realm, where the living are outnumbered by the dead by outrageous proportions. Perhaps one of the most well known cemeteries in this area is Calvary Cemetery. Calvary has the largest number of interments in the entire United States. (Over 3 million currently […]

Circus “Freaks”: Creepy to Commercialized

This weekend I’m going to go see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While I have seen their performances many times before, I have never ceased in my fascination with the circus, circus arts, and the aura of the big top. Although, many years have passed since the circus was in it’s original […]

Mt. Zion Cemetery: A Snow Covered Past

Over more than 120 years old, Mt.Zion Cemetery has accumulated 210,000 burials, in only 78 acres of land. Certainly making it a little rough on the casket leg room. It’s claustrophobic nature is one of the first things that caught my eye about this fascinating cemetery. The reason there have been so many internments in […]