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Ghosts of the Upper West Side
February 23, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Shadowy forms that fly through a dark library, raucous unearthly music in Central Park, a bicycle bell that rings itself, a mysterious seamstress, the visitation of an ancient night watchman — these spectral tales and others will be our winter fare for a dark February evening. Writer, tour guide, and West Sider Maria Dering has collected these ‘true’ stories from both century-old accounts in The New York Times and face-to-face accounts from contemporary witnesses to certain spooky specters. We’ll follow her lamp to the New-York Historical Society Klingenstein Library, the Mayfair Towers, Berkeley Apartments, a very lonely lane in Central Park, the American Society for Psychical Research, and other UWS nether nooks and crannies. Original and historic photographs help us “see” these little-known ghosts who share our neighborhood.
So let the winds howl and the blue-gray light of the computer screen seep across the darkening room, casting shadows and inviting those ‘others’ from the corners of the closet to creep out and join you in a winter’s evening of tales of the dark side of the west side of the park side.
Maria Dering is a writer, editor, and researcher and has been a Licensed NYC Sightseeing Guide since 2003. Her publications include Researching Your Dutch Ancestors — A Practical Guide (2020); Seven Stories (2014); articles on Huguenot silversmith dynasties; and numerous studies of historic figures such as Edwin Booth, Anneke Jans, and Charles Dickens, as well as illustrated articles about heraldry in the United States and the United Kingdom. Maria’s current project is a second volume of ghost stories.