Every city has its spooky and scary places. That definitely applies to New York City, too. These buildings in the city have some seriously creepy and messed up histories. They might not be infested with bed bugs, but they”re probably full of restless spirits that haunt any visitors. I don”t scare that easily, but I seriously wouldn”t want to be in any of these places once the sun does down. Check out some of the most ghostly and ghoulie places in NYC below.
1. The Merchant”s House – This house at 29 East 4th Street is haunted by the ghost of Gertrude Tredwell, a solitary spinster on whose life Henry James based his novel “Washington Square Park.” She creeps the halls, lonely in death as she was in life.
2. The Dakota – This building is famous for a few things that give it a creepy aura. It was featured in Roman Polanskis 1968 horror classic “Rosemarys Baby,” ghosts have been seen at the residence, including one of man with the face of a little boy. It is also the location of John Lennon”s murder, and his ghost apparently haunts the building.
3. St. Mark”s Church in-the-Bowery – A New York Historic site at 131 East 10th Street, St. Mark”s is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Dutch colonial governor Pete Stuyvesant. He has been known to cause all kinds of mayhem for clergymen and parishioners of the church.
4. The Morris-Jumel Mansion – At 65 Jumel Terrace, this is one of the oldest houses on Manhattan island, and is haunted by several specters, including that of Eliza Jumel, whose husband died rather suspiciously.
5. 85 West 3rd Street – Edgar Allen Poe lived in this house in 1844 and 1845 for eight months while writing his story “The Cask of Amontillado.” The ghost of Edgar Allen Poe has been seen climbing the banister of the residence.
6. The Conference House – Located at 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island, this house is rumored to be haunted by a little girl who was killed by British Colonel Christopher Billop who threw her down a flight of stairs after suspecting that she was spying for the American rebels.
7. The House of Death – Located at 14 West 10th Street, this house is rumored to be haunted by twenty-two ghosts, including the ghost of one the houses more famous one-time residents, Mark Twain. Several violent and deadly incidents have occurred at the house, including a bloody murder-suicide.
8. The Campbell Apartment – Located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, this lounge, according to employees, is haunted by a strange presence, with ghosts of past patrons appearing for a late night cocktail after closing.
9. The Manhattan Well – This haunted residence is located at 129 Spring Street. According to legend the ghost of a young woman named Gulielma Sands haunts this building. In 1800, Gulielma Sands” body was found at the bottom of a well where the building stands.
After reading this about these hauntings and knowing just how many people have passed through the city, I think from now on I”ll just assume that any old building in New York City is haunted. The odds are definitely in my favor.