A Mental Asylum Cemetery Hidden In The Woods

On Call Hollow Road, in the Pomona/Stony Point area about 25 miles north of the city, there is a trail that leads off into the woods. Follow the trail in, and you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded on all sides by towering trees. A few minutes up the trail, just after you cross over a small brook, the trees will suddenly ... Read More »

Retracing Ichabod Crane’s Journey Through Sleepy Hollow

Last week, I was heading home from a day of scouting in Westchester when I found myself passing through Sleepy Hollow. Suddenly, it felt like autumn had officially arrived. As a kid, there was nothing I loved more around Halloween than revisiting The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – both Washington Irving’s tale, for which I had a beautifully illustrated children’s ... Read More »

The Complete Guide To New York City Horror Movies!

Looking for something spooky to watch this Halloween? Why not pick a horror movie set in New York! Longtime Scouting NY readers know I’ve been writing and revising this list for the past five years. While some of these might skirt the boundaries of the horror genre, my main requirement was simply that they’d feel appropriate playing on Halloween. As ... Read More »

The Best Horror Fiction Set In New York City

With Halloween just around the corner, I figured it’s the perfect time to put together a list of the best horror fiction set in New York City. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some obvious ones – just remind me in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. Only the good stuff though! In no particular order… Title: Rosemary’s Baby ... Read More »

Spiders on Sutton Square

I’m always on the lookout for creative Halloween decorations every year, and I thought this was neat… Spiders have taken over the entrance to this building on Sutton Square! Read More »

The 10 Most Dangerous Places In New York City

Though I always try to keep Scouting NY as positive as possible, I have to make an exception with this post. Yes, New York is safer than ever, but there are still a few dark byways and shady buildings that can get you into trouble – hell, these are the places I refuse to go. You can’t say you weren’t ... Read More »

A Haunted Mansion In The Bronx

This is why I love scouting the Bronx. Because you’ll be driving down a street lined with typical Bronx apartment buildings, the last place you’d expect to stumble on anything outside the norm… …when all of a sudden, you’ll notice something minor – maybe a break in the trees up ahead… And I swear, in the Bronx, these little snippets ... Read More »

A Pretty Bad Day For New York – Happy Halloween!

Note: This post was written as Hurricane Sandy crossed over New York City, and my fiancee and I were hunkered down in our apartment hearing from all sides that the world was about to end. At that point, the news media was going crazy overhyping the storm for ratings, while misinformation spread across the internet, and fake pictures of Sandy’s ... Read More »