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Taking a 4th of July weekend trip to NYC, staying in mid-town Manhattan. Are there any places to visit that may be interesting for a home haunter / halloween enthusiast? Prop shops, sound/light equipment shops perhaps, theatre gear, museums, etc? Tannen's magic shop or Fantasma (thinking about my love for illusions and special effects)? Love ghost lore, but not interested in so-called haunted houses. I do enjoy spooky atmospheres though, of course.

And/or interesting nerd-type places like large comic shops, used CD / DVD / Blu-ray shops?

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* The Slaughtered Lamb, Greenwich Village. 182 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10014. Horror-themed bar.
http://slaughteredlambpub.com/
 

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Jekyll and Hyde is a must if you're a Halloween fan. I've been to their two locations in NY (Greenwich Village and the other that was on 6th Avenue) It seems like the larger locations have been closed and Greenwich is the only one left. The 6th Avenue location was large with about three or four floors that had props and seating. The atmosphere was awesome and I remember the food and drinks being pretty decent (although you were mostly paying for atmosphere) Good thing about the Greenwich village location is that it feels as if you are walking into an old horror movie ala Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein. It has that musty, eerie feel to it that is still fun. Here's a good write up on the history of it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_&_Hyde_Club
 

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LOL! Came here to say that although it's been years since I've been there, you should go to Jekyll & Hyde's! Great minds think alike around here! :D
Actually, the only time I was there was before I met my now DH, and before I really started to decorate so much for Halloween. I'd like to go back because I think I'd appreciate the details even more.

Haven't been to these but you might want to check them out ~

The Evolution Store
https://theevolutionstore.com/

Obscura
http://shopobscuraantiques.com/

 

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I have to got to a wedding in Brooklyn this weekend . It's projected to be 93 and 95 upstate so will probably be 100 in NYC. Bleah
If you want to cross the bridge into Brooklyn (Prospect Park area) I saw a reference to a place called the Museum of Morbid Anatomy. Sounds special!
There are apparently Spirit stores that are open year around in B'klyn so probably also in Manhattan.
 

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Jekyll and Hyde is a must if you're a Halloween fan. I've been to their two locations in NY (Greenwich Village and the other that was on 6th Avenue) It seems like the larger locations have been closed and Greenwich is the only one left. The 6th Avenue location was large with about three or four floors that had props and seating. The atmosphere was awesome and I remember the food and drinks being pretty decent (although you were mostly paying for atmosphere) Good thing about the Greenwich village location is that it feels as if you are walking into an old horror movie ala Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein. It has that musty, eerie feel to it that is still fun. Here's a good write up on the history of it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jekyll_&_Hyde_Club
Thanks again to all. Any last-minute suggestions welcome--finishing up my research and flying to NYC tomorrow morning. Also, will be meeting up with non-Halloween enthusiast friends, so I can't put them through too much. :)

The only Jekyll and Hyde Club location I saw listed online was: "91 7th Ave S between 4th and Barrow". Couldn't tell from the web site--is there a cover charge? It is a one-price thing for the food (anything out of the ordinary), or just a restaurant and bar with great horror ambiance? May have to sneak in for lunch if my friends don't want to come along.

http://www.jekyllandhydeclub.com/
 

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Thanks again to all. Any last-minute suggestions welcome--finishing up my research and flying to NYC tomorrow morning. Also, will be meeting up with non-Halloween enthusiast friends, so I can't put them through too much. :)

The only Jekyll and Hyde Club location I saw listed online was: "91 7th Ave S between 4th and Barrow". Couldn't tell from the web site--is there a cover charge? It is a one-price thing for the food (anything out of the ordinary), or just a restaurant and bar with great horror ambiance? May have to sneak in for lunch if my friends don't want to come along.

http://www.jekyllandhydeclub.com/
So, we had drinks there tonight. Definitely in Greenwich Village. A lot smaller than I imagined but they did have some cool animatronics and roving actors. No cover charge per se but a $3 per person Entertainment fee if you sit at a table vs. the bar. My wife had fun but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd expected. Guess I got spoiled seeing photos of one of the former, larger locations. The lavatory was a nice touch. I won't make that a spoiler.

Hit Tannen's Magic store today and enjoyed that experience--out of the way on the 6th floor with no sign at the street level to indicate its presence. Had fun chatting with staff looking through their selection of a mentalist's tool called a nail writer.
 
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