Weird New York

When you're looking for something supernatural, creepy, kooky, mysterious or spooky.

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  • Full Moon Rides

  • Gothic Tea Party at Green-Wood Cemetery

  • Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour

  • Merchant's House Museum

  • Thothirdes Mummy at the Brooklyn Museum

Full Moon Rides

Full Moon Rides
Join your furry friends for an evening of howling at the moon at the Coney Island Cyclone. Those dressed like Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf and anyone in a vampire costume gets $2 off entry to the Cyclone. Don’t worry if you hear blood-curdling screams, that’s just the sound of the riders on the rickety roller coaster. Coney Island Cyclone, 834 Surf Ave at 8th St, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-265-2100, coneyislandcyclone.com). July 26, Aug 24 7pm--midnight; $8, in costume $6.

Green-Wood Cemetery
It may seem like an odd place for a picnic, but it’s one of Brooklyn’s most popular, and historic, green spaces, and it’s also a mecca for kooky events like last summer’s Gothic Charm School Tea Party. Go on a Wednesday or every last Sunday for a trolley tour (1pm, $15 to hear stories of the lives of the permanent residents, and look out for one-off events like “Written in Stone: Tales of Green-Wood (Aug 25 1pm; $10, members $5). Of course, if you’re feeling brave, you could go solo on this self-guided Green-Wood Cemetry walk. 500 25th St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-768-7300, green-wood.com)

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tour
You’ll be going underground on this monthly one-and-a-half hour narrated tour with guide Bob Diamond, who rediscovered the tunnel in 1980. Don’t be creeped out by Diamond’s stories of pirates, street gangs and a centuries-old "Cobble Hill Ghost," they haven’t been spotted for a while. Meet at Trader Joe’s, southwest corner of Court St and Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn Heights (718-941-3160, brooklynrail.net). 11am--1:15pm; next tour Aug 8; $15.

Merchant’s House Museum
If it’s an encounter with the paranormal you’re after, your best bet is this preserved 19th-century townhouse that used to house the Treadwell family. Pick up Some Say They Never Left: Tales of the Strange and Inexplicable at the Merchant's House Museum ($10) from the museum’s store, a collection of supernatural experiences by curators and visitors (disappointingly, there have been no sightings of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man). Or wait until October when the museum runs annual candlelight ghost tours. 29 E 4th St between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-777-1089, merchantshouse.org). Mon, Thu--Sun noon--5 pm; $10, students and seniors $5.

The Mummy Chamber
“Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at the Discovery TSX may be the season’s big-ticket event with glitzy artifacts from King Tut’s tomb and his era, but there’s no actual mummy. There is a replica of his body, but it will fail to give you the willies—the hallmark of any good mummy. Head to the Brooklyn Museum’s collection on the third floor to see the mummy of the priest Thothirdes out of its cartonnage, the mummy of Hor and a mummified crocodile. Those Egyptians, eh? If it wasn’t nailed down, they’d mummify it. The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Wed--Fri 10am--5pm; Sat, Sun 11am--6pm; $10, students and seniors $6.

Jekyll & Hyde Club
We all have two sides: the normal, and the hilariously cheesy. The Jekyll & Hyde Club falls into the latter, with spooky animatronics and walls lined with curios. There’s live entertainment thrown into the bargain, so make sure one of your party knows the Heimlich maneuver, we don’t want anyone choking on their bar food when a member of the wait staff jumps out at you. 1409 Sixth Ave between 57th and 58th Sts (212-541-9517, jekyllandhydeclub.com). Mon--Thu, Sun 11:30am-11:30pm; Fri--Sat 11:30am-midnight.

Museum of World Wonders: Cabinet of Curiosities
If you want to marvel at strange natural phenomenon, head to Coney Island, the epicenter of weird. The true spirit of wonder in Coney Island is encased in three cabinets in a local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. There, artist, rogue taxidermist and eccentric Takeshi Yamada exhibits a rotating collection of rare oddities. In the case in the first-floor lobby you’ll find: a chupacabras snail, so-called because it resembles the foot of the mythical creature; a three-eyed human skull; and a cat-frog skeleton, an amphibian with whiskers believed by some in the East to be the reincarnation of Chinese general and thinker Sun Tzu. 1901 Mermaid Ave between W 19th and 20th Sts, Coney Island, Brooklyn (718-265-3220, brooklynpubliclibrary.org). Mon, Tue, Fri 10am--6pm; Wed 1--8pm; Thu 1--6pm; Sat 10am--5pm; through Dec 31; free.

Enchantments
This witchcraft and goddess supply store is located in Goth Town, an area stretching from E Houston St to 14th St and Broadway to Avenue C and known for clubs and shops that cater to gothic and pagan subcultures (or did until the yuppies started to colonize the area). Head there for all your magic supplies, or speak to manager and Gardnerian Wiccan Ricky who’ll help you find the right spell and attendant ingredients for your problem, which will ultimately stem from vibrations, and not the good, Beach Boy type of vibrations. Keep an eye on Enchantment’s Facebook page for upcoming lunar and solar rituals. They are open to anyone and feature a lot of meditation. Don’t worry if you can’t sit still, there’s a spell for that. 424 E 9th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-228-4394, enchantmentsincnyc.com). Mon, Wed--Sun 1pm--9pm.

Observatory
This curious gallery and event space is currently showing “Love Craft: Art Inspired by Monsters, Madness and Mythos.” Based on the science fiction of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, expect works of cosmic horror. Time your visit with one of Observatory’s regular events, like “Diableries, Medical Oddities and Ghosts in Amazing Victorian 3D!” (July 30, $5) where you’ll be introduced to macabre dioramas and devil flesh. Or hang on until September 12 for a walking tour of occult Manhattan ($20) with author of Occult America, Mitch Horowitz. 543 Union St at Nevins St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (observatoryroom.org). Thu--Fri 3--6pm, Sat--Sun noon--6pm; free.

Tarot School
Instead of paying a tarot reader to divine your future, learn how to interpret the 78-card deck yourself at this class. You can join at any time with each lesson focusing on an individual card, but as you continue to attend, you’ll go beyond the basic predictive skills into levels of interpretation and Jungian psychology, learning how to apply the symbolic language to people’s problems. We assume this involves being reassuring if they pull the death card. SLC Conference Center, 352 Seventh Ave at 30th St, 16th floor (800-804-2184, tarotschool.com) Mon 6--9pm; $30.

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