Do you believe in ghosts? Check out this list of some of New York City’s haunted locations and then let me know. Even if you don’t believe, some of the stories are scary enough to give you’re the creeps.
The Algonquin Hotel
Catch a glimpse of a literary spirit in your bedroom, or walking through the bar! In the 1920’s, this hotel was the daily meeting place for the “Vicious Circle”, a group of writers, editors, actors, and playwrights for eight years. People have reported that they still roam the halls.
Washington Square Park
There is a whole lot of spooky happening at this Greenwich Village spot. Once an execution ground for public hangings, many of the bodies still lie beneath the park’s famous fountain and arch. I’m not done yet. Before the park was built in 1826, the Washington Square plot also served as an American Indian burial ground. Yep. Creepy.
Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill and Thomas Wolfe have all been “spotted” in spirit form. Be particularly careful when you ride the elevator though. The ghost of Sid Vicious (lead singer of the Sex Pistols who died of a heroin overdose) is reported to linger on the lift.
St. Mark’s Cathedral
Peter Stuyvesant, who owned a farm that took up most of the East Village, is said to haunt the area, along with his friends Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, and Harry Houdini. Spend enough time around St. Mark’s Cathedral and you’re likely to have some pretty unusual celebrity sightings.
The Palace Theater
This historic landmark was the center of the vaudeville universe in the early 20th century, attracting acts from across the country. Today, it hosts Broadway’s best and brightest, however, the theater is said to also be home to hundreds of ghosts, including Judy Garland.
The Dakota Building
In the sixties, the ghost of a young boy was seen by a couple of construction workers. Several years later a group of painters working at the building reported a sighting of a girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing. John Lennon, who was murdered outside the Dakota in 1980, is also rumored to haunt the area around the undertakers’ gate. To add to the eeriness, the building was also the setting for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea
This former carriage house was once owned and operated by Vice President Aaron Burr (who famously killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel). Burr and daughter, Theodosia (who was supposedly kidnapped by pirates), haunt patrons and staff. One maitre d’ quit after being shoved up and down the stairs every night by invisible hands, and numerous women claim to have had their earrings pulled off by Theodosia while sitting at the bar.
St. Paul’s Chapel
George Frederick Cooke, a prolific British actor who died of alcoholism in 1812, was buried on the grounds of St. Paul’s Chapel. Not so strange, until you consider that he was buried without a head. Cooke donated his skull to science to pay medical bills, though it supposedly made its way into a stage production of Hamlet.
The building dates back to 1794, but the Bridge Cafe’s life as a drinking establishment first began in 1847 when it was opened as a porter house, making it New York City’s oldest bar. Just under the Brooklyn Bridge, rumors of ghosts of the pirates who frequented the bar continue.
Empire State Building
Built in 1931, this building sits 102 stories tall, and was the tallest building in the world from 1931-1972. Various sightings have been reported of suicide victims who jumped from the Empire State Building’s observatory.
“The House of Death”
This classic brownstone was constructed in the 19th century and is believed to be haunted by the 22 people who have died in the house, as well as Mark Twain. Twain, who lived there from 1900-1901, is rumored to haunt the stairwell of the house. In addition, attorney Joel Steinberg lived in the house in 1987 when he was accused and later convicted of beating his 6-year-old adopted daughter Jessica Steinberg to death.
Built in 1765 as a summer home for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest remaining house in Manhattan. Several ghosts are reputed to haunt the mansion: Eliza Jumel, former mistress of the mansion, has been seen wandering the house in a purple dress, rapping on walls and windows, the ghost of a young servant girl who committed suicide by jumping out a window has been seen in the mansion’s servants quarters and a soldier from the American Revolution, who’s picture hangs on a wall in the mansion, has also been seen.