A look at some weird medieval creatures from legend and lore. Plus some stories about some recent cemetery visits in Queens, New York, including Houdini’s grave.

Highlights include:
• An ancient, impenetrable European forest
• A magical glowing bird
• A dragon with a rooster’s head

Sources consulted RE: Weird Medieval Creatures

Websites

  • https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/fantastic-beasts-of-the-middle-ages/xQKCn9wmjCVVJg
  • https://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/ms24/f57r
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caladrius
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast270.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_books_of_hours
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hours,_Morgan_MS_493
    http://bestiary.ca/prisources/psdetail964.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seps_(legendary_creature)
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast271.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scitalis
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast552.htm
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast417.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotoplanes
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast532.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerasteshttp://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast422.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echeneis
  • https://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0137%3Abook%3D9%3Achapter%3D41
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remora#Mythologyhttp://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast539.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercinia
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercynian_Forest
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurochs
  • http://bestiary.ca/articles/anne_walshe/index.html
  • https://internetpoem.com/thomas-moore/a-dream-of-antiquity-poem/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Moore
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast541.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumon_(medieval_zoology)
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolkless_egg
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockatrice
  • http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast265.htm

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The Moore-Jackson Cemetery, a colonial-era cemetery sits in a quiet residential part of Woodside, Queens, in New York City.

Forgotten for years, and even used as a dump for construction materials and other detritus, the Moore-Jackson Cemetery recently been transformed into a beautiful community garden. Here’s the story behind the cemetery and the people buried there.

Highlights include:
• Loyalists living in Revolutionary War-era Queens, NY
• The city trying to illegally seize the cemetery at the behest of a developer
• A hot-potato cemetery

Check out the Moore-Jackson Cemetery/Garden’s website for more info and historical articles: https://www.moorejacksonnyc.org/

Pictures of the Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Spring 2020

Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Spring 2020

Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Spring 2020

Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Spring 2020

Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Spring 2020

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

From the March 18, 1997, Landmark Preservation Commission report on Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Sources consulted RE: the Moore-Jackson Cemetery

Books

Websites

  • https://www.moorejacksonnyc.org/
  • Landmark report:
    http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/1997Moore-JacksonCemetry.pdf
  • Archaeological report about Maspeth from 1991: http://s-media.nyc.gov/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/584.pdf
  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/moore-homestead-playground
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2017/08/maspeth-1852/
  • https://archive.org/details/queensboroughnew00chamrich/page/n3/mode/2up
  • https://www.shinnecocknation.com/shinnecock/
  • The archeological history of New York by Parker, Arthur Caswell, 1881-1955: https://archive.org/details/archeologicalhis02parkrich/page/476/mode/2up
  • General archaeological report page: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/lpc/about/archaeology.page
  • “A Seventeenth-Century Fireplace at Maspeth, Long Island” Solecki: https://www.jstor.org/stable/24531641?seq=1
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/17/nyregion/neighborhood-report-astoria-an-aging-custodian-worries-about-a-historic-cemetery.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clement_Clarke_Moore
  • https://boulevardgardens.nyc/history
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Moore_(bishop)
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2008/12/moore-jackson-cemetery/
  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/moore-homestead-playground/history
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2013/03/state-historical-markers-in-new-york-city-part-2/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2020/09/hellgate-ferry-road-part-2/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2018/05/astoria-sweep/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2018/02/woodside-1852/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2018/07/maspeth-elmhurst-1852/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2013/06/the-old-shell-road-elmhurst/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2013/03/state-historical-markers-in-new-york-city-part-2/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2010/08/woodside-tour/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2009/01/broadway-in-queens-part-2/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/1999/01/hidden-cemeteries-dead-reckoning/
  • https://sites.google.com/view/moorejacksoncemetery/home?authuser=0
  • https://queenshistoricalsociety.org/moore-jackson-cemetery/
  • https://sites.google.com/view/moorejacksoncemetery/home?authuser=0
  • https://sites.google.com/view/moorejacksoncemetery/cemetery/historical-timeline?authuser=0
  • https://sites.google.com/view/moorejacksoncemetery/cemetery/documentspublications?authuser=0#h.p_zkfUAuCmWSYE
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore-Jackson_Cemetery
  • https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20171011/woodside/moore-jackson-cemetery-cleanup-queens-historical-society/
  • https://www.scoutingny.com/the-cemetery-on-the-old-farm-in-queens/
  • https://history.pmlib.org/longislandhistory/longislandindianhistory
  • https://www.newsday.com/long-island/long-island-our-story-1.27833558

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A look at the remarkable Riker Home and Cemetery, or the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead and Cemetery, which one woman’s dream and grit turned into a beautiful site with a secret garden.

Highlights include:
• A unique second date
• A collection of vintage ventriloquist dummies
• Fun historic home renovation details

Note: There’s discussion of chattel slavery and being held captive against one’s will near the end of this episode.

 

Pictures of the Riker Home and Cemetery

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Sources consulted RE: the Riker Home and Cemetery

Books

Websites

  • Untapped Cities article: https://untappedcities.com/2011/12/22/the-last-riker-house/
  • https://www.yelp.com/biz/lent-riker-smith-homestead-east-elmhurst
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent_Homestead_and_Cemetery
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2006/09/lent-riker-smith-mansion/
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/rispan2.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/buono.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/qnsboro2.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island_Bridgehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronx_court_system_delayshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island
  • https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1884?amount=180000
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook001.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook002.htmlhttp://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook004.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook005.htmlhttp://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook006.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook007.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook009.htmlhttp://genealogytrails.com/ny/queens/cem_rikers.html
  • http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ryker2/ryker_coatofarms.htm
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/nyregion/11farmhouse.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/li-press-1968_large.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/lisj-1941_large.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/1930s.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/sunday-news-1942_large.htm
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1982/05/16/realestate/postings-little-paradise.html
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/queens_courier_mds_05-25-06.pdf
  • https://www.thirteen.org/queens/map.html
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/queens_courier_mds_06-15-06.htm
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/nyregion/11farmhouse.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/ny-daily-news-11-7-06.htm

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A look at the Lent-Riker-Smith Cemetery, a hidden family graveyard tucked away behind one of the oldest homes in New York City, which is still a private residence.

This is part 1 of the history of the little-known Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead and Cemetery. This episode focuses on the history of nearby Riker’s Island, as well as the Riker family, and sets the scene for next week’s deep dive into the home and cemetery’s more recent history, and what they’re like now.

Highlights include:
• Spontaneously combusting garbage
• Gatsby’s Valley of Ashes
• A grim modern-day penal colony
• Exploring an off-the-beaten-path neighborhood

Links mentioned in the episode:

Donate to the Emergency Release Fund to get high-risk people out of Rikers

Tiffany Cabán for council district 22 (Astoria): https://www.cabanforqueens.com/

The Feminine Macabre Volume 1: https://spookeats.com/femininemacabre/ 

Pictures of Lent-Riker-Smith Cemetery

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Sources consulted RE: Lent-Riker-Smith Cemetery

Books

Websites

  • https://www.yelp.com/biz/lent-riker-smith-homestead-east-elmhurst
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent_Homestead_and_Cemetery
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2006/09/lent-riker-smith-mansion/
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/rispan2.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/buono.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycdoc/html/qnsboro2.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island_Bridgehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronx_court_system_delayshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island
  • https://www.officialdata.org/us/inflation/1884?amount=180000
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook001.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook002.htmlhttp://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook004.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook005.htmlhttp://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook006.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook007.html
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/cw_units/html/rikersbook009.htmlhttp://genealogytrails.com/ny/queens/cem_rikers.html
  • http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ryker2/ryker_coatofarms.htmhttps://untappedcities.com/2011/12/22/the-last-riker-house/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/nyregion/11farmhouse.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/li-press-1968_large.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/lisj-1941_large.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/1930s.htm
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/sunday-news-1942_large.htm
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1982/05/16/realestate/postings-little-paradise.html
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/queens_courier_mds_05-25-06.pdfhttps://www.thirteen.org/queens/map.html
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/queens_courier_mds_06-15-06.htm
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/11/nyregion/11farmhouse.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
  • https://www.rikerhome.com/press/ny-daily-news-11-7-06.htm

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A look at Lawrence Family Cemetery in Astoria, NY, a small family cemetery dating from the 1600s, tucked into a residential neighborhood in New York City.

The Lawrences were an old family from Queens, New York, arriving in the area in the 1600s and buying land all over. Despite the destruction of many family cemeteries in NYC over the centuries, two Lawrence cemeteries have survived, one of which is in an Astoria man’s backyard.

The cemetery, surrounded by both a stone wall and a chain link fence, is closed to the public, though curious onlookers can peer through its iron gate and see a variety of tombstones, some of which belong to veterans of the Revolutionary war.

Highlights include:
• Forgotten cemeteries
• Accidentally scaring local cemetery owners
• A lost shoreline
• Inheriting a cemetery

Links mentioned in the episode:

Donate to the Emergency Release Fund to get high-risk people out of Rikers

Tiffany Cabán for council district 22 (Astoria): https://www.cabanforqueens.com/

Follow the podcast on instagram @buriedsecretspodcast

E-mail the podcast at buriedsecretspodcast@gmail.com

Pictures of Lawrence Family Cemetery

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Sources consulted RE: Lawrence Family Cemetery

Books

Articles

  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Jul 2, 1903 · Page 10
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Nov 3, 1870 · Page 3

Websites

  • https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1966907/lawrence-cemetery
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2010/10/bowery-baynorth-astoria-queens/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/nyregion/nyc-news-rikers-island.html
  • https://qns.com/2021/03/mayor-signs-queens-councilman-renewable-rikers-act-into-law/
  • https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-rikers-covid-ruling-20210219-56juh2eccvb4jg7hxwxdfvnv34-story.html
  • https://qns.com/2021/03/mayor-signs-queens-councilman-renewable-rikers-act-into-law/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island#COVID-19_crisis
  • https://newtownpentacle.com/tag/bowery-bay/
  • https://rihs.us/2020/09/09/wednesday-september-9-2020-wpa-architecture-found-in-unlikely-place/
  • https://www.qchron.com/editions/western/landmark-cemetery-owner-s-call-for-help-is-heeded-in-astoria/article_fd09df4b-c4cd-51ae-bf6b-c9905004501e.html
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2012/01/north-astoria-queens/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2012/01/north-astoria-queens-part-2/
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/astoria-characters-the-ca_2_b_915833
  • Lawrence Cemetery Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lawrence+Cemetery/@40.7775676,-73.9056275,3a,75y,161.24h,99.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCZw8qzAceYKfel0pAPXHsA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25f643d061421:0xe5447ac8f6f12426!8m2!3d40.7773027!4d-73.9056237?hl=en
  • https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=162550
  • https://www.givemeastoria.com/2020/10/28/astoria-man-breathes-life-into-forgotten-family-cemetery/
  • https://www.brownstoner.com/history/a-look-at-lawrence-cemetery-astoria/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2020/10/lawrence-family-cemetery-astoria/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilio_guerra/5326285917/
  • http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/66—LAWRENCE-FAMILY-GRAVEYARD.pdf

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Why are there tombstones around Socrates Sculpture Park? A look at a riverside New York City park surrounded by a wall of tombstones.

It seems that very few people have asked this question, at least on the internet, and there are no obvious answers. There is, however, a fascinating history behind this little park, as well as a whole host of possibilities for how this site came by its morbid gravestone wall.

Highlights include:
• The ultimate NYC villain: real estate developers
• A forgotten creek
• Queens’ penchant for illegal dumping grounds
• Two sculptors’ dreams of creating an open-air gallery

The Feminine Macabre Volume 1: https://www.etsy.com/listing/962586876/the-feminine-macabre-volume-1

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Sources consulted RE: tombstones around Socrates Sculpture Park

Books

Articles

  • Martin, Douglas. “Philosophies Differ on Future of Socrates Sculpture Park.” New York Times, 11 Aug. 1997. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A150303177/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=d82bdc7a. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • “City Art Panel Names Nine Design Winners.” New York Times, 3 May 1986. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A176384041/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=5dabafca. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Mcgill, Douglas C. “A SCULPTURE PARK GROWS IN QUEENS.” New York Times, 27 Aug. 1986. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A176333799/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=a0136bbb. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Brenson, Michael. “GALLERY VIEW; Di Suvero’s Dream of a Sculpture Park Grows in Queens.” New York Times, 12 Oct. 1986. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A176302046/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=0aabdabf. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Yarrow, Andrew L. “14 REASONS WHY NEW YORK IS NEW.” New York Times, 3 Oct. 1986. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A176298273/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=a5bbadd3. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Brenson, Michael. “City as Sculpture Garden: Seeing the New and Daring.” New York Times, 17 July 1987. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A176103620/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=77574bf2. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Yarrow, Andrew L. “Art and History With River View Of Manhattan.” New York Times, 15 July 1988. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175911795/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=a65aa516. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Brenson, Michael. “Bold Sculpture for Wide-Open Spaces.” New York Times, 21 July 1989. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175735611/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=2bc0b1b4. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Brown, Frank. “If You’re Thinking of Living in: Astoria.” New York Times, 27 Aug. 1989. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175747944/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=b9301eb6. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Brenson, Michael. “Sculpture for Troubled Places.” New York Times, 15 Oct. 1989. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175778280/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=56b200a3. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.
  • Shepard, Richard F. “Astoria, a Greek Isle in the New York City Sea.” New York Times, 15 Nov. 1991. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175384893/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=17dd4729. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.
  • Brenson, Michael. “Cityful of Sculpture Under the Sky.” New York Times, 26 July 1991. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175288866/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=2e3e11c9. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.
  • “POSTINGS: Free Guide to Institutions; Arts in Long Island City.” New York Times, 20 Dec. 1992. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A175005016/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=ac7cf315. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.
  • Hevesi, Dennis. “Sculpture Garden Rises in a New Patch of Green; The Latest Addition to New York City’s Park System, Named for a Philosopher.” New York Times, 26 May 1994. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A174435347/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=60c60ec9. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.
  • Holloway, Lynette. “NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: LONG ISLAND CITY; Trailblazing for Urban Hikers.” New York Times, 19 June 1994. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A174445989/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=35863190. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.
  • Steel, Tanya Wenman. “Gingham Checks and Thou.” New York Times, 22 June 1994. New York State Newspapers, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A174443349/SPN.SP01?u=nypl&sid=SPN.SP01&xid=d1ea8f96. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Websites

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVfg3Jr1Rps
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBV3gRyiMU
  • https://wsbj.com/sorabji/2017/02/18/disintegrating-into-dirt-inverted-tombstones-obscure-memories.html
  • https://wsbj.com/sorabji/2020/11/02/the-mystery-of-socrates-sculpture-parks-wall-of-tombstones.html
  • https://untappedcities.com/2016/11/29/top-10-secrets-of-socrates-sculpture-park-in-nyc/?displayall=true
  • https://urbanomnibus.net/2016/12/socrates-30/
  • https://qns.com/2020/10/work-to-begin-on-hallets-cove-waterfront-this-winter/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Constantinideshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates_Sculpture_Park
  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/socrates-sculpture-parkhttps://6tocelebrate.org/site/socrates-sculpture-park/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1986/10/12/arts/gallery-view-di-suvero-s-dream-of-a-sculpture-park-grows-in-queens.html
  • https://issuu.com/socratessculpturepark/docs/socrates_30th_anniversary_book_1610
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/337-affordable-apartments-up-for-grabs-in-lics-5-pointz-towers/ar-BB1e1m7b
  • https://www.hallettspoint.com/#availabilities
  • https://socratessculpturepark.org/artist/andrea-solstad/
  • https://socratessculpturepark.org/artist/sandy-williams-iv/
  • https://socratessculpturepark.org/artist/jeffrey-gibson/
  • https://socratessculpturepark.org/artist/paul-ramirez-jonas/

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Thanks for reading my essay, “Ghosts of Hell Gate,” published in The Feminine Macabre! Here’s the list of all the works consulted in working on this essay.

It’s a long list, but I drew from research I did while working on these Buried Secrets Podcasts episodes, so have included all the sources I consulted while working on them: A Victorian Lunatic’s Fort: Fort Maxey, Blackwell’s Island, NYC, The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, or The Blackwell Island Light, NYC, Sunken Treasure at Hell Gate, New York City, The General Slocum Disaster, Hell Gate, New York City, The Haunted Hell Gate, New York City.

Sources consulted 

Articles consulted RE: Sunken Treasure at Hell Gate

  • “HUSSAR GOLD QUEST RESUMED BY INVENTOR: SIMON LAKE IN ‘BABY’ SUBMARINE TO INVESTIGATE 3 HULKS FOUND SUNK NEAR HELL GATE.” New York Times (1923-Current file), Aug 06 1935, p. 19. ProQuest. Web. 8 Nov. 2020 

  • LAKE’S SUBMARINE FAILS OF LAUNCHING: Mother Ship is Unable to Pull It … Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times (1923-Current file); Oct 7, 1934; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index
    pg. 27

  • LACK OF FUNDS HALTS LAKE’S TREASURE HUNT: His Submarine to Be Auctioned if He Fails to Get $394 to Pay Deckhand. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]21 June 1936: 23.

  • HUNT PIECES OF EIGHT.: Lake’s Submarine Retrieves Pail and Clam Shell in East River. New York Times (1923-Current file); Sep 27, 1935;
    ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index
    pg. 23

  • LAKE THINKS HULK IS TREASURE SHIP: Inventor Believes He Has Found Wreck of Frigate Hussar in East River. CARRIED $1,800,000 GOLD Probing Reveals Hard Timbers in Indicated Position, and Treasury Is Notified. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]26 Sep 1936: 17.

  • SIMON LAKE AGAIN SUED: Inventor Seeking $4,000,000 Gold In $1,800 Foreclosure Action. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]11 Nov 1936: 2.

  • Simon Lake’s Home Is Foreclosed. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]06 Mar 1937: 15.

  • SIMON LAKE GETS RESPITE: Court Grants New Delay in Foreclosure Sale of Milford Home. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]18 Nov 1937: 18.

  • LYONS OFFERS GOLD TO BOOM THE BRONX: It’s Not His Gold and He Isn’t Even Sure It’s There, but He Believes in Hunting It AT BOTTOM OF EAST RIVER Book Says Frigate Hussar, With $4,000,000 in Bullion Aboard, Sank There in 1780 New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]12 Feb 1940: 18.

  • SIMON LAKE DEAD; INVENTOR WAS 78: Father of Modern Submarine Intended Craft Only for Use in Peaceful Pursuits HUNTED SUNKEN TREASURE Lost Fortune Attempting to Salvage Lusitania, Recover Millions in East River Built 100 Craft During the War Experimented in Baltimore Founded Bridgeport Concern Sought Lusitania Treasure Family of Welsh Origin. The New York Times, 1934.New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]24 June 1945: 22.

  • Ship of Dreams: Ship of Dreams
    Vanderbilt, Tom.New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]17 Feb 2002: cy1.

Books consulted RE: Sunken Treasure at Hell Gate

Websites RE: Sunken Treasure at Hell Gate

  • Devil places: https://spookygeology.com/devil-places/
  • Devil places map: https://gizmodo.com/hail-satan-a-map-of-all-the-places-named-after-the-dev-1456016654
  • https://gothamist.com/news/the-strange-history-of-nycs-mighty-hell-gate
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Gate_Bridge
  • https://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/HellGateRooseveltIsland-uscs-1891
  • Current nautical chart: https://charts.noaa.gov/BookletChart/12339_BookletChart.pdf
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/870743950/
  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mill-rock-park/history
  • 1886 map: https://picryl.com/media/blackwells-wards-and-randalls-islands-and-adjacent-shores-of-east-and-harlem-31f143?zoom=true
  • https://vos.noaa.gov/MWL/aug_07/hellgate.shtml
  • Hell gate charts:
    https://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/new_york_charts/hell_gate.html
  • Removal of Hell Gate rocks:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_Hell_Gate_rocks
  • The conquest of Hell Gate:
    https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Portals/37/docs/history/hellgate.pdf
    https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mill-rock-park/history
  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mill-rock-park/
  • Hell gate map 1700s:
    https://picryl.com/media/map-of-new-york-i-with-the-adjacent-rocks-and-other-remarkable-parts-of-hell-cc02a9
  • Hell gate pics:
    https://picryl.com/search?q=hell%20gate
  • Opening hell gate:
    https://picryl.com/media/opening-hell-gate-at-a-cost-of-dollar7000000-map-course-of-wider-hell-gate-ab9a7f
  • Destruction of flood rock: https://picryl.com/media/destruction-of-flood-rock-at-hell-gate-2ef359
  • Rev war map: https://picryl.com/media/a-plan-of-the-narrows-of-hells-gate-in-the-east-river-near-which-batteries
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Gate
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_strait
  • https://www.givemeastoria.com/2020/09/17/a-treasure-under-hell-gate/
  • https://blogcritics.org/new-york-citys-hell-gate-bridges/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolutionary_War
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Hussar_(1763)
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/26/nyregion/in-east-river-a-gold-frigate-and-high-hopes.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1985/09/29/weekinreview/the-region-raise-the-hms-hussar.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/09/nyregion/follow-up-on-the-news-about-that-gold-in-the-east-river.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/nyregion/finding-trash-and-worse-but-so-far-no-ship-with-treasure.html
  • http://www.simonlake.com/html/explorer.html
  • https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1934/10/13/hussar
  • http://www.simonlake.com/html/explorer.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Lake
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/13/nyregion/ny-harbor-wood-eating-shipworms.html
  • https://nypost.com/2004/04/19/worm-warfare-borer-destroying-our-waterfronts/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/07/nyregion/diver-to-explore-east-river-wreck-for-treasure.html
  • https://mysteriouswritings.com/the-mystery-and-lost-treasure-of-the-h-m-s-hussar/
  • https://numa.net/2019/08/is-hms-hussars-treasure-in-a-landfill/
  • http://www.bronxmall.com/cult/film/page4.html
  • http://thesimonlakestory.com/
  • https://njscuba.net/sites/site_treasure.php
  •  

Additional sources

  • native-land.ca
  • http://landacknowledgements.org/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal
  • https://www.brickunderground.com/live/the-octagon-roosevelt-island
  • https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/islands-of-the-undesirables-roosevelt-island-blackwell-s-island
  • https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-grave-damnation-island-article-1.4011352

Websites consulted RE: The Haunted Hell Gate

Websites consulted RE: The General Slocum Disaster

  • https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/east-river-shipwrecks/
  • https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/south-carolina/haunted-oakwood-cemetery-sc/
  • https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/kentucky/kasey-cemetery-ky/
  • https://www.haunted-places-to-go.com/haunted-huntsville.html
  • https://www.insider.com/urban-legends-us-2018-1#alabama-hells-gate-bridge-1
  • http://theghostdiaries.com/places-around-the-world-known-as-the-gates-of-hell/
  • https://gothamist.com/news/the-strange-history-of-nycs-mighty-hell-gate
  • https://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-german-saboteurs-invade-america-in-1942.htm
  • https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/earth-without-people
  • https://www.timeout.com/newyork/attractions/hell-gate-bridge
  • https://boroughsofthedead.com/hell-gate-bridge-a-great-survivor/
  • https://www.stonehengenyc.com/blog/haunted-new-york
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PS_General_Slocum
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Evangelical_Lutheran_Church_of_St._Mark
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Germany,_Manhattan
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Germany,_Manhattan
  • https://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/06/13/great-slocum-disaster-june-15-1904
  • https://antiquephotographics.com/the-general-slocum-disaster-ny-harbor-1904/
  • https://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2014/06/14/the-1904-general-slocum-disaster-had-survivors-that-lived-into-the-21st-century/
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-spectacle-of-horror-the-burning-of-the-general-slocum-104712974/
  • http://behindthescenes.nyhistory.org/general-slocum-disaster-photos/
  • https://history.wikia.org/wiki/List_of_General_Slocum_victims
  • https://www.garemaritime.com/the-general-slocum/
  • https://thehauntedjournal.wordpress.com/2018/04/20/hell-gate-bridge/
  • https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/earth-without-people
  • https://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-german-saboteurs-invade-america-in-1942.htm
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Gate_Bridge
  • https://ltvsquad.com/2005/05/13/hell-gate-bridge/

Articles RE: The General Slocum Disaster

  • TALES OF HORROR TOLD BY SURVIVORS: Eye-Witness Stories of Swift and Awful Panic. FAMILY PARTIES WIPED OUT Mrny Brave Deeds on Board the Doomed Steamboat Amid Scenes of Wild Panic. New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]16 June 1904: 2.

  • GRIEF-CRAZED CROWDS VIEW LINES OF DEAD: Scores Prevented from Throwing Themselves Into River. BOAT LOADS OF BODIES Immense Crowds Weeping and Struggling Seek to Identify Them. MANY PATHETIC INCIDENTS Measures Taken by Officials to Safeguard Interest of Relatives — Over $200,000 in Valuables Found on the Victims. New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]16 June 1904: 1.

  • 1,000 LIVES MAY BE LOST IN BURNING OF THE EXCURSION BOAT GEN. SLOCUM: St. Mark’s Church Excursion Ends in Disaster in East River Close to Land and Safety. 693 BODIES FOUND — HUNDREDS MISSING OR INJURED Flames Following Explosion Drive Scores to Death in the Water. FIERCE STRUGGLES FOR ROTTEN LIFE PRESERVERS The Captain, Instead of Making for the Nearest Landing, Runs the Doomed Vessel Ashore on North Brother Island in Deep Water — Many Thrilling Rescues — Few Men on Board to Stem the Panic of Women and Children.
    New York Times (1857-1922); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]16 June 1904: 1.

Videos of The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

Thomas Edison’s 1903 video of Blackwell’s Island, including the lighthouse.

Articles consulted RE: The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

  • The Chicago Evening Mail (Chicago, Illinois) · Thu, Dec 29, 1870 · Page 3
  • https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/668142082 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • The Meriden Daily Republican (Meriden, Connecticut) · Thu, Jul 23, 1874 · Page 3. https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/674763408 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • The St. Albans Weekly Messenger (Saint Albans, Vermont) · Fri, Jul 31, 1874 · Page 6 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/443287342 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • “Facts and Fancies” The Milwaukee Sentinel: July 31, 1874. Page 3.
  • Boston Post (Boston, Massachusetts) · Sat, Jul 25, 1874 · Page 4 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/74392312 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • Wayne County Herald (Honesdale, Pennsylvania) · Thu, Aug 6, 1874 · Page 1
    https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/362447557 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • Fort Maxey, Wednesday, July 19, 1865, New Haven Palladium, 25 , Issue 179
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Wed, Jul 19, 1871 · Page 8 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/167861583 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • Black River Gazette (Ludlow, Vermont) · Fri, Jan 13, 1871 · Page 1
    https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/355365618 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • The Times (Streator, Illinois) · Wed, Sep 11, 1889 · Page 1
    https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/543479332 Downloaded on Oct 29, 2020
  • FOR HARBOR IMPROVEMENTS: SACEESTIOUS AT A MEETING OT THE PILOT COMMISSIONERS
    New York Times (1857-1922); Dec 30, 1896; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times with Index pg. 8
  • A Blackwell’s Island Stampede. New York Herald. April 30, 1873
  • Paid for Twice. The Evening World (New York, New York) · Wed, Apr 24, 1889 · Page 1 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/78637510 Downloaded on Oct 30, 2020
  • In the Court of Special . . . New York Tribune. August 8, 1870
    “On a flagstone in front of the lighthouse. . .” New York NY Press 1909 – 1257

Books consulted RE: The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

Websites RE: The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollard

  • Dock Construction Guide

  • Sticks & Stones – A Traditional Les Cheneaux Crib Dock Replacement Project

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20090517003017/http://nyc10044.com/timeln/timeline.html

  • The Lighthouse

  • https://gothamist.com/news/the-strange-history-of-nycs-mighty-hell-gate

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_Gate_Bridge

  • https://www.geographicus.com/P/AntiqueMap/HellGateRooseveltIsland-uscs-1891

  • Current nautical chart: https://charts.noaa.gov/BookletChart/12339_BookletChart.pdf

  • https://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=75

  • https://www.liboatingworld.com/single-post/2018/05/30/Exploring-NYs-East-River-Some-of-Its-Rich-History

  • https://www.us-lighthouses.com/blackwell-island-lighthouse

  • The Lighthouse

  • https://rioc.ny.gov/179/The-Lighthouse

  • Mysteries of Roosevelt Island: The Madman’s Lighthouse

  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/rooseveltisland/

  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/rooseveltisland/html/chapincards4.html#lite2

  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/rooseveltisland/html/rooseveltislandtour_lighthouse.html

  • https://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2010/10/mysterious-blackwell-island-lighthouse.html

  • The Lighthouses of NYC

  • https://rihs.us/2020/09/

  • https://www.stonehengenyc.com/blog/Roosevelt-Island-Day-Trip?_escaped_fragment_=#!

  • Lighthouse Park Roosevelt Island 900 Main Street New York, NY 10044

  • https://www.nps.gov/places/blackwell-s-island-new-york-city.htm

  • Lighthouse pics: https://www.loc.gov/item/ny0953/

  • Landmarks commission report: http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/LIGHTHOUSE-ROOSEVELT-IS.pdf

  • https://rihs.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-August-Blackwells-Almanac.pdf

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020 -SOME WONDERFUL LIGHTHOUSES NEARBY

  • The Lighthouse

  • https://joebrunoonthemob.wordpress.com/tag/the-whyos/

  • https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mill-rock-park/history

  • https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/podcast/july17/nop08-historical-maps-charts.html

  • 1903 pic of lighthouse and island:
    https://picryl.com/media/panorama-of-blackwells-island-ny

  • 1886 map: https://picryl.com/media/blackwells-wards-and-randalls-islands-and-adjacent-shores-of-east-and-harlem-31f143?zoom=true

  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/rooseveltisland/html/rooseveltislandtour_lighthouse.html

  • http://americanyc.org/documents/10184/57129/AYC+2013+Spring+Cruising+Notes+Final.pdf/6594f92b-dc97-46ad-95fb-d6ee8c5a8b38?version=1.0

  • https://libraetd.lib.virginia.edu/downloads/1z40kt09r?filename=Dissertation_final_Libra.pdf

  • Report of the Welfare Island Planning and Development Committee : submitted to John V. Lindsay, Mayor, City of New York, February 1969. by Welfare Island Planning and Development Committee. https://archive.org/details/reportofwelfarei00welf/page/30/mode/2up?q=mccarthy

     

  • https://rioc.ny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/56/New-York-1960s-Chap-8-PDF

  • https://daniel-lanciana.medium.com/new-york-icons-harbor-islands-cdfe3097c66c

  • To Be Sane Amongst the Insane

  • http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Blackwell%27s_Island_Asylum

  • CHARLES DICKENS VISIT • AN ISLAND IN THE MIST • ARTWORKS FOR SALE

  • Nellie Bly: Charles Dickens’ Visit to Blackwell’s Island Asylum 1842 – Part 4

  • https://www.melinadruga.com/blackwellsislandasylum/

  • ROOSEVELT ISLAND 2005

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwell_Island_Light

  • https://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=753

  • https://vos.noaa.gov/MWL/aug_07/hellgate.shtml

Books consulted RE: Fort Maxey Blackwell’s Island

Websites RE: Fort Maxey Blackwell’s Island

  • Great pics of the asylum: https://www.theruin.org/blog/2016/10/12/the-new-york-city-lunatic-asylum-a-history
  • https://quiverquotes.com/2017/05/03/to-be-sane-amongst-the-insane/
  • http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=Blackwell%27s_Island_Asylum
  • https://rihs.us/2020/03/30/charles-dickens-visit-%E2%80%A2-an-island-in-the-mist-%E2%80%A2-artworks-for-sale/
  • https://lisawallerrogers.com/2009/01/03/charles-dickens-visit-to-blackwells-island-asylum-1842/
  • https://www.melinadruga.com/blackwellsislandasylum/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2005/10/roosevelt-island-2005/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwell_Island_Light
  • https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/dancing-at-the-lunatics-ball-on-blackwells-island/
  • http://www.hauntingdarkness.com/2012/01/ghosts-of-roosevelt-island.html
  • “BLACKWELL’S ISLAND LUNATIC ASYLUM.” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine. Feb1866, Vol. 32 Issue 189, preceding p274-294. 22p. 20 Illustrations:
    Harper’s New Monthly Magazine Volume 126 December 1865 to May 1866: https://archive.org/details/harpersnew32various/page/290/mode/2up?q=fort+maxey
  • Article page 184: https://archive.org/details/harpersweekly00bonn/page/184/mode/2up?q=blackwell%27s
  • Article page 91: https://archive.org/details/harpersweeklyv13bonn/page/91/mode/2up?q=blackwell%27s
  • https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse
  • http://www.correctionhistory.org/rooseveltisland/html/rooseveltislandtour_lighthouse.html
  • https://rihs.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/2018-August-Blackwells-Almanac.pdf
  • https://www.loc.gov/item/ny0949/
  • https://www.loc.gov/item/ny0953/
  • https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/2007/10/mysteries-of-roosevelt-island-madmans.html
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2005/10/roosevelt-island-2005/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackwell_Island_Light
  • https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/islands-of-the
  • undesirables-roosevelt-island-blackwell-s-island
  • https://lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=753
  • https://www.gothamcenter.org/blog/an-afternoon-at-blackwells-light
  • Harper’s Weekly Archives: https://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/serial?id=harpersweekly
  • HARPER’S WEEKLY. A JOURNAL OF CIVILIZATION. / Volume IX, Issue 466:
    https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/h/harpersweekly/harpersweekly-idx?coll=harpersweekly;type=HTML;rgn=DIV1;id=;byte=10925913

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Two tiny, forgotten cemeteries sit near each other in old Astoria: one was a burying ground for the wealthy families who ran the town, and the other was for Irish immigrants who fled the famine.

Here’s a look at the history behind the graveyards, as well as a puzzling mystery about a nearby churchyard that may or may not be a burial site.

Highlights include:
• Robbers hiding their loot in a church tower
• The mystery of a man with two graves
• The discovery of human remains during a construction project

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Pictures of hidden cemeteries in Astoria

St. George’s Church Cemetery

Hidden Cemetery in Queens Hidden Cemetery in Queens

The Irish Famine Cemetery

Hidden Cemetery in Queens Hidden Cemetery in Queens Hidden Cemetery in Queens Hidden Cemetery in Queens

Sources consulted RE: cemeteries in Astoria

Books

Articles

  • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) · Sun, Feb 19, 1899 · Page 11
  • Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1870; Census Place: Astoria, Queens, New York; Roll: M593_1080; Page: 201A; Family History Library Film: 552579
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, May 7, 1904 · Page 11 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/555908491
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Fri, Jun 17, 1887 · Page 1 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/556863449
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, Jun 21, 1902 · Page 4 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/555932624
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Wed, Dec 28, 1887 · Page 1 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/556996064
  • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) · Sun, Apr 9, 1899 · Page 10 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/50420388
  • The Sun (New York, New York) · Sun, Feb 19, 1899 · Page 4 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/79105618
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Mon, Nov 10, 1902 · Page 9 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/555907855
  • Brooklyn Evening Star (Brooklyn, New York) · Wed, Aug 13, 1862 · Page 3 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/118125760
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Oct 15, 1903 · Page 11 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/555909576
  • The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) · Fri, Oct 5, 1900 · Page 8 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/50360004
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Mon, Dec 5, 1887 · Page 1 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/556995547
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Jan 29, 1891 · Page 5 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/557824177
  • New York Daily Herald (New York, New York) · Sat, Feb 21, 1863 · Page 5 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/329273622
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Sat, Dec 26, 1903 · Page 14 https://newscomwc.newspapers.com/image/555934521
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When a woman sells her home and doesn’t disclose that friendly ghosts haunt it, the subsequent court case leads to the New York Supreme Court officially declaring the house haunted.

In 1989, Helen Ackley sold the 18-room Victorian mansion that she’d lived in for 24 years. Located at 1 Laveta Place in Nyack, New York, overlooking the Hudson River, and lovingly restored by Helen and her late husband when they first purchased it in the 1960s, it was the perfect home for the Stambovskys, a Wall Street Trader and his wife, who purchased it. Except for one thing–the house was haunted.

Helen Ackley was proud of her ghosts, and seemed to consider them close friends.

When a local architect mentioned the house’s paranormal reputation to the new buyer, Stambovsky immediately sued to get his down payment back, and refused to move into the home. That led to a court case, widely known as the Ghostbusters Ruling, that went to the New York Supreme Court–twice–and cumulated with a pun-filled ruling that quoted the ghost from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, as well as the hit 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The judge had spoken: “as a matter of law, the house is haunted.”

Highlights include:
• Fun facts about haunted houses
• The ghost of a Revolutionary War naval officer
• A fixer-upper with ghosts
• A spirit-approved paint job

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A deep dive into the darker side of The Exorcist‘s production, with scary facts from The Exorcist’s production, from the director’s tendency to shot blanks from a gun at random on set to scare people, to evil deeds that two actors with bit parts went on to do after being in The Exorcist.

Highlights include:
• The erratic behavior of The Exorcist’s director
• A urban legend about lightning striking a tombstone during the filming of The Exorcist
• A mysterious black dog
• The extra in The Exorcist who became a killer

Note: This episode contains discussion of abuse within the Catholic church.


The Exorcist end scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_IG7u4ph0M
The Keepers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Keepers

 

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Sources consulted RE: The Exorcist in New York

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