Just in time for Halloween, we thought we would check into the legendary, hauntings of New York. Nothing says “spooky” quite like a good ghost sighting! Here are a few of NYC best known haunts. There’s nothing like a good ‘ol experience of getting spooked in NYC.
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 E. 10th St., 212-674-6377, East Village, Manhattan
Peter Stuyvesant served as the last Director-General of New Amsterdam (the former name of New York City). Stuyvesant resided on a farm on what is now Stuyvesant Street, that connected it to a chapel (St. Mark’s Church) until his death in 1672. Stuyvesant was buried in a vault, which was permanently sealed in 1953 in the east wall of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. These days, church attendants have reported hearing the tapping of his wooden peg leg and he has been seen wandering the streets of the East Village. Some even claim he’s spending the afterlife in good company—with the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and Harry Houdini, who also haunt this famous area of Manhattan.
Washington Square Park
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Many visitors of this well known park have reported experiences of supernatural forces. Rumor has it that if you walk by the park late at night, you’ll see ghosts hanging from trees, which would make sense if you know the parks history. Located on the Northwest corner of the park is Manhattans oldest tree which has been called the “The Hanging Tree” or the “Hanging Elm” for it’s rumored use as an execution site in early days. Between the executions and the victims from the yellow fever epidemics of the early 19th century, who were also buried in the park, there are an estimated 20,000 bodies under Washington Square.
279 Water St., 212-227-3344, Financial District, Manhattan
Pirate ghosts? We got those too. Dating back to 1794, the Bridge Café has become the cities oldest bar. Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, it is said that the ghosts of pirates who regularly patronized this bar still haunt the bar to this day. Pop in for a pint and a good scare.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea
17 Barrow St., 212-255-8649, West Village, Manhattan
This restaurant was once the carriage house of Vice President Aaron Burr’s. He is famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel on July 11, 1804. Known experiences have been flying dishes, chairs being pulled out from people and 200 year old paintings falling off the walls.
Besides these famous places, there are also many celebrity ghosts around the city. Murdered at his home at the Dakota Building on 72nd Street, John Lennon has be rumored to haunt the structure, while at the Chelsea Hotel there have been sightings of poet Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious’ girlfriend Nancy Spungel, where both met their demise. There’s also the rumor of writer Dorothy Parker taunting small children during her afterlife at the Algonquin Hotel where she dined daily with her literary counterparts and also where her ashes are buried.