Weird New York: Your Travel Guide to New York's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

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It's called the Empire State for a reason, for as all New Yorkers know, our state is the one by which all others are measured. The Pilgrims probably landed here first, and recorded history got the geography wrong, because really, everything started here. We have the Yankees and the Mets, plus the Giants and the Jets, even if they are, for some weird reason, in New Jersey. And we have trout, lots of cows, the Catskills, the Baseball Hall of Fame, a really big waterfall, and we're the birthplace of Martin Van Buren...
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It's called the Empire State for a reason, for as all New Yorkers know, our state is the one by which all others are measured. The Pilgrims probably landed here first, and recorded history got the geography wrong, because really, everything started here. We have the Yankees and the Mets, plus the Giants and the Jets, even if they are, for some weird reason, in New Jersey. And we have trout, lots of cows, the Catskills, the Baseball Hall of Fame, a really big waterfall, and we're the birthplace of Martin Van Buren and Millard Fillmore, for Pete's sake.

But there's something else, something we've got so much more of. We've got a great big quantity of . . . weirdness. Yes, our level of bizarreness is so high that we enticed an out of stater to become a New Yorker and chronicle it all. With notepad in hand and apples in pocket for nourishment, author Chris Gethard scouted the state's highways and byways in search of the odd and the offbeat. He tracked down impossible-to-believe tales, only to discover odd grains of truth that give the stories just enough credibility to make one feel . . . slightly uneasy.

So turn the pages and visit Long Island's Big Duck, travel down Moan and Groan Road in, of all places, a town called Hope, and sample the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy. Drive by the abandoned insane asylums that blanket the state?big surprise. By all means avoid the screaming and gunshots of House Road, but do coast up Spook Rock Road, say hi to Jumper and Grumpy at America's largest pet cemetery, and knock on Eunice Welsh's crypt (she might knock back). Be lured into the water, if you're really dumb, by the Lady of Lake Ronkonkoma, and next time you're in Staten Island, beware of Bigfoot?he's found his way out there.

Yes, it's a grand state, and it's clear why we all sing "I Love New York" with such fervor. A brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, Weird New York is filled with all the good stuff your history teacher never taught you. So get on the road with Chris for a great adventure. We guarantee it'll make you love New York that much more.

Chris Gethard served as the associate editor of Weird NJ magazine for over four years. While there he helped write and edit the book, Weird NJ, and co-authored its follow-up, Weird U.S. Chris is also an actor and comedian, has contributed writing to shows on Comedy Central, and has acted on a number of TV programs, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He is a performer and teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan.

Chris grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, a few short blocks from the laboratory where Thomas Edison once put on public electrocutions of a variety of animals. Now he lives in Astoria, Queens, just a stone's throw from the Hell Gate section of the East River where over one thousand people perished in the General Slocum steamboat fire of 1904.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781402733833
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/25/2005
  • Series: Weird Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    i luvvv it!

    I've lived in NY all my life and am pround that my state is weird!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2006

    so fun

    I bought this book months ago and I still get scared, amazed, and amused by it every time I pick it up. I can't really explain why this hits home so much - these stories are amazing, and nearby, and make me so oddly proud to be from New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Fabulous book!

    I love this book! Of course, I've been a fan of Weird NJ for a long time, and so I was really excited to see the authors do a book on our state and I am amazed that it is every bit as good. Everything weird about New York is here and it's hard to stop reading it once you start. Especially like the lady of ronkonkoma lake and all the roads less traveled. This shows NY as it really is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Just another tour guide for the NY Metro area

    Unlike Weird NJ, which was thoroughly researched and well written, Weird NY drops the ball - big time. This serves as a great tour guide for weirdness throughout the NYC and Long Island areas (as pretty much every town is mentioned) yet falls short on many interesting tales north of Westchester County (unless situated in the Hudson Valley area), which just so happens to be a big part of the State of New York. How could the U.S.S. Sullivans, one of the most haunted battleships in the United States, be left out of Weird NY? What about the Ghost Jogger of St. Bonaventure or the mysterious lights of Elmira? The Naked Man of Weedsport, the Dryden Cheerleader Murders, and Split Rock Quarry in Syracuse were all left out as well. Did we really have to read about the Jackson Whites ¿ again!? They¿ve been mentioned in every book so far. Give the readers something they may not have heard about like Buckhout Road in Westchester or the Devils Throne in Watkins Glen. Weirdness encompassing NYC is great. But, as usual, it allows many of the great legends of the rest of the state to take a backseat and be left untold. Having lived all over NY and parts of NJ, I was excited to buy this book because I figured it would be as comprehensive as Weird NJ. However, I was completely let down after reading through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2005

    This is an awesome book

    A friend of mine gave me this book as a holiday gift. I'd never read the 'Weird NJ' magazine before but I LOVE THIS BOOK. Its filled with all types of amazing stories and Mr. Gethard's writings style is fun and engaging. Great holiday gift or for yourself!

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