Strange noises, flickering lights, cold spots, disembodied voices, orbs, apparitions, unaided moving objects; these are the tellings of some of ‘Boo’ York’s most haunted places. In a city over 400 years old, ghost stories and haunted locales are sure to be prevalent.
From private homes to public spaces, New York City is home to numerous haunted locations and with Halloween just around the corner, what better time is there to get your scare on?
Many of our parks were once burials sites and cemeteries. Washington Square Park was a burial ground during a yellow-fever epidemic in the 19th century and it is thought to have over 20,000 thousand bodies buried below.
While some of New York’s most haunted places aren’t open to the public, as they are private residences, here are some you can explore while trembling in your boots!
The Billop House
Residing on Staten Island is the Billop House, the site of a 1776 peace conference between the US and Britain during the Revolutionary War. The building isn’t only known for its history, it’s also reportedly haunted. Colonel Billopp’s, the original resident, servant fell to her death and it is said her spirit remains to this day.
Trinity Church in Brooklyn
Built atop a cemetery, the bodies that were once buried were moved to another location however there are still a couple of former pastors buried in the crypt below the church. It is said that you can hear footsteps when no one else is around and that the spirits of the removed bodies remain.
It may be the place of John Lennon’s tragic death, but it’s said that two children haunt the Dakota. One of New York’s oldest buildings, located on the Upper East Side it was built in the 1880’s. Rather fittingly, the horror film Rosemary’s Baby was filmed at the Dakota. Although this building isn’t open to the public, as one of the most famous buildings in New York, it is worth passing by.
The Belasco Theater
One of the city’s oldest theaters, it’s said that the builder David Belasco who died in 1931 is often seen in the theater and some have even spotted him during performances. It’s also said that the ghost of Belasco’s lover ‘the Blue Lady’ haunts the theater as well.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant
Diners in this classic eatery have reported several strange incidents including missing items and being shoved by spirits. Once the carriage house of Alexander Hamilton and his daughter, it’s said their spirits have never left.
Located in the Bronx, this college campus was built atop the ruins of an old hospital and many of the old tunnels still connect campus buildings. For years students have reported the feeling of cold hands and ghost sightings, particularly of a blonde girl.
The Palace Theatre
This Broadway theater is reported to have the most spirits in the city, with over a 100 different spirits being sighted. The most notable, however, is that of the famous Hollywood actress, Judy Garland.
St. Paul’s Chapel
A headless man is said to haunt New York’s oldest public building still in use. Actor George Frederick Cooke whose head was donated to science in 1812, is seen searching the cemetery for his missing head.
White Horse Tavern
The late poet Dylan Thomas is seen drinking at his favorite table from time to time in this West Village bar. Although Thomas didn’t die in the bar, he pretty much drank himself to death by consuming an obscene amount of whiskey before dying the next morning.
New Amsterdam Theatre
Olive Thomas, an actress who died in 1920, is said to wander the backstage halls of the theatre where she once acted. It’s said that she walks around clutching a bottle of blue pills - the pills she overdosed on.
Looking for a chilling experience to haunt your dreams and make it a truly memorable Halloween, take a stab at one of these haunted locations. Just remember, “The next scream you hear may be your own!” For information on Ghosts of New York tours, visit www.ghostsofny.com.