The New York Grimpendium: Edgar Allan Poe's New York

My new book, The New York Grimpendium, comes out October 1 [UPDATE: Available now]. Like its predecessor The New England Grimpendium, it covers my experiences traveling to hundreds of death-related locations and artifacts in the region. Below is one of a series of photo essays from sites in the book that I’ll be posting over the next few weeks. If you live in or like New York, the book is for you. If you’re a bit morbid, the book is also for you, even if you’ve never been to the Empire State. After all, death is a punch line we all get.

September 15, 2012 — You guys already know about my fascination with Edgar Allan Poe sites and my obsession with visiting them—the monuments erected to him and his work, the artifacts and buildings preserved from his life, the places where he lived and wrote. If you don’t, there’s a list of links at the bottom of this page that’ll bring you up to speed. Well, as a result of The New York Grimpendium, I'm a few sites closer to having to create a special Poe section here on OTIS….or to writing a book about it.

Wait. I just realized really want to write that book.

Relevantly, I’m giving a lecture on Poe sites on October 2 at the Tracy Memorial Library in New London, New Hampshire. It’ll be called, The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe.

Wait. That’d be a good book title.

Edgar Allan Poe Park in the Bronx, which maintains
a transplanted house that Poe lived in and where his wife
Virginia died, as well as a new museum dedicated to him.

The museum design is inspired by the
image of a raven's wing.

Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community
College, where Poe is rightfully enshrined.


The reconstructed facade in Greenwich
Village of a building where Poe lived.

Read all about my visits to sites connected to Edgar Allan Poe, including some not shown here, in The New York Grimpendium, which is on sale now:

And, as promised, those links to other Poe sites I've visited on the East Coast:

Poe's Richmond, Part I: Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Poe's Richmond, Part II: Everything Not the Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Poe's Statue (Baltimore)
Poe's Graves (Baltimore)
Poe's Graves, Revisited


  1. Edgar Allen Poe, Demon Hunter

    History records that Poe simply wrote about his nightmares. The truth is more extraordinary. All Poe's works were based on personal experiences. His last adventure was the most terrifying of all and left him a broken and dying man.

    If Lincoln can fight vampires then there is no reason Poe couldn't do the same and so much more.

  2. While you were in the Bronx, I think you should also have visited "Poe Walk" at Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus. It is less than a mile from the Poe cottage. It is said that Poe would walk through a small forest to get to Fordham, where he would walk the road of the campus with the Jesuits who were always welcoming. He dined and even slept on the campus in one of the Jesuit Halls. There is a road (Poe Way) with a sign on one of Fordham's meandering paths. If you'd like to get on the campus, buy a ticket to their museum, visit the bookstore, go to a football game ther... whatever it takes. A man with your affinity for the writer deserves to walk the Fordham roads he once did!

  3. Here's a picture of Edgar Allan Poe Way at Fordham University's Rose Hill campus in the Bronx. There is also a plaque there as well, but it is not shown in the photo.