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New York tour blends history and the macabre

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 9, 2013 06:48 AM

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By Kari Bodnarchuk, Globe correspondent

Sites of Memory, an unusual new smartphone tour, guides you to locations that played a part in notable disasters, mysteries, and dark events in the history of New York. Visit the site on Manhattan’s Upper West Side where the first recorded motor vehicle fatality in the Western Hemisphere occurred in 1899; see where the 1904 General Slocum steamship disaster happened; or follow in the final footsteps of Mary Rogers, known as the Beautiful Cigar Girl, whose disappearance inspired the first-ever mystery story, Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Mystery of Marie Roget.” Authors Kurt Andersen, Lewis H. Lapham, Angela Riechers, and Luc Sante narrate the free tour, accessible from a computer or from a smartphone as part of an audio-guided walking tour. Works on Apple and Android devices. www.sitesofmemory.com

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