2007 Nebula Award Weekend Tours
Haunted New York (Friday 8 pm after signing; leaving from Borders bookstore)
Hear how Captain William Kidd, though sent to London to be hanged, still
walks the streets of lower Manhattan, protecting his treasure. See the site
of the first murder in New Amsterdam. Feel the evidence left by an
anarchist's bomb on Wall Street in the 1920's. Also see the New York Stock
Exchange Building, cause of many suicides following Black Friday in 1929,
and the skyscraper an Army plane crashed into in 1946. The murder of the
Nassau Street shop clerk Mary Rogers in 1841 inspired Poe's "Mystery of
Marie Roget." Our first stop, appropriately, will be a cemetery.
Old New York Part I
(Friday 3pm, leaving from main lobby of Marriott hotel)
Castle Clinton -- fort, concert hall, immigration station, aquarium,
visitors' center. A pre-Revolutionary War fortification. Views of Ellis
Island and the Statue of Liberty. Headquarters of the Men in Black; Herman
Melville's birthplace; Fraunces' Tavern, where Washington said farewell to
his officers; site of the first city hall of New Amsterdam; Hanover Square,
home to William Kidd and starting point of the fire of 1835; site of the
second city hall, where George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789,
and the wall built by Peter Stuyvesant to protect New Amsterdam.
Old New York Part II
(Sunday 11am, leaving from main lobby of Marriott hotel)
St. Paul's Chapel, oldest standing church in Manhattan; the present city
hall, built in 1811; site of Barnum's Natural History museum, destroyed by
Confederate spies in 1865; the Woolworth Building, tallest in the world in
1913; Newspaper Row, scene of the dramatic fire used by Jack Finney in "Time
and Again;" the Brooklyn Bridge, longest suspension bridge in the world and
a marvel of engineering; the Municipal Building, Joseph Stalin's inspiration
for Moscow University; the infamous William Tweed courthouse; the site of
the worst slum in New York City's history, Five Points.
All tours last about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. $20 a head, payable at registatration or
in cash at the start of the tour.
Gordon Linzner will be the 2007 Nebula Awards Weekend tourguide.
Photo credit: Ellen Datlow