The folklorist and teller of tall tales from various parts of the world has concentrated here on the New York City area. Some date back to New Amsterdam days, others are more recent coming up to the time of Fiorello LaGuardia. There are legendary figures like Mighty Mose who could swim across the Hudson twenty times using forty strokes, and Anthony the Trumpeter who swore that to bring warning of the British intrusion he would cross the Hudson ""in spite of the Devil."" There are anecdotes about well-known figures, like Commodore Vanderbilt and Rowland Macy; and about less familiar names who are still favorites with special groups. There are reminiscences of old landmarks--the Hope Tree of Harlem, the clock in the New York Life Insurance Building. And there are even a couple of ghost stories. It's a storyteller's source, and a good one, for the specific area around New York City. Background notes are included.