Top 5 Haunted Places of NYC

By Kris M

Top 5 Haunted Places of NYC

From the NYC area and looking for a thrill? In the city that never sleeps you may find a few lost souls, who truly never sleep. Switch up your usual date night plans with one of these 5 paranormal hotspots. After all, if it isn’t scary is it really a date?

 


1. Grumman Road, Long Island

First stop on our list, Grumman Road. Unless you do your research, you won’t be able to find this lost Long Island road, and there’s a reason for that. Should you find your way there, beware. Strange phenomenons are said to occur. Your GPS may go haywire or the gauge in your car may move back and forth. Some have reported their car stalling and breaking down, leaving them stranded on this strange strip of land. Regardless of the unusual activity, there’s bound to be a reason Grumman Road is no longer traceable. Some say this is the work of unearthly beings. Others believe it correlates to murders that have yet to be solved. However, paranormal investigators believe that the military and government are to blame. Grumman Corp. was a leading employer in the area for more than half a century and rumor has it, they carried out tests with top-secret equipment with possible access to a strong magnetic field, and maybe even another dimension… 




2. North Brother Island, Manhattan

Despite it’s size, a considerable number  of people lost their lives here. Just east of the Bronx and north of Astoria, North Brother Island was the site of a steamboat crash that took over 1,000 human lives back in 1904. The island also housed and quarantined patients with infectious diseases including smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, scarlet fever and polio. The infamous ‘Typhoid Mary’ resided there for two decades before meeting her death in 1938. The hospital was in operation from 1885 and closed mid 19th century. The island is off limits to tourists and is said to be extremely dangerous, with rotting boat docks and hazardous material. If you’re determined to visit, there is a way around this. This involves contacting the parks department with a ‘good reason’ for wanting to visit and renting a charter boat that could survive the rocky shores. The Island has been under control since 2001 and is strictly off limits between March and October due to nesting season for the herons. However, I have heard of a handful of trill seekers that have ventured out to North Brother Island without the help of the parks department or a charter boat. Do you know of anyone who has visited North brother Island? If so, how did they get there?




3. Kreischer Mansion, Staten Island

An empty victorian mansion on Staten Island is said to be one of the most haunted homes in New York. Original owner Balthasar Kreischer settled in Staten Island in the mid 1800’s and brought with him a great hunger for economical success. He became wildly successful, turning the area into one of New York City’s first company towns. After his death, his twin sons inherited his great wealth. This wouldn't last. The brick factory that brought the family their success burnt to the ground. Shortly after, the sons lost their grand fortune leading one of them to commit a violent suicide in the very mansion that stands today. But the  house continued to live on. Businesses and different residents came and went, but never stayed long. Local superstitions tell of strange voices and lights that surround the house no matter the time of day. If that isn’t spooky enough for you, in 2005 the grounds met yet another grime death. The property’s caretaker and hitman for the mob, murdered Mafioso Robert McKelvey inside the mansion, dismembering the body and burning it in the basement. Hard to say who’s haunting this eerily beautiful victorian. One thing is certain though, there’s more than one spirit still roaming the property.




4. White Horse Tavern, West Village

Had enough exploring in the haunted outskirts of NYC? It’s time for a drink! In a city with over 400 years of vibrant bustling history, it comes to no surprise that many of the businesses that still stand are rich in  paranormal activity. Established in 1880, this tavern is the 2nd oldest continuously running tavern in the city. The bar managed to keep much of its original wood work and tin ceilings and was the hangout for many well-known artists and musicians, including Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Back in 1952, poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death exceeding his existing record of 16 shots of whiskey. Thomas attempted to go home but collapsed outside. Reportedly, a patron escorted him to the local Chelsea Hotel, where he fell into a coma and later died at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Many have claimed to see the ghost of Thomas throughout the years. Some say you have a good chance of spotting him at his favorite corner table. The most detailed account comes from a busboy who claims that there is often a shot and a pint of beer poured on Thomas’ table without anyone around. Can’t say I wouldn’t be doing the same if I was Thomas!




5. Merchant’s House Museum, Manhattan

If stomping around the strange boroughs of NYC isn’t your thing, you may feel a bit more comfortable exploring the Merchant’s House Museum. I can’t say how much more comfortable you might feel considering it’s crawling with ghosts. Considered the #1 haunted location in NYC, the museum will definitely not disappoint the eager ghost lover. Its shabby outer appearance is nothing like its stunning interior. The house was originally home to the Tredwell family and their servants for nearly a century. 75 years since the last of the Tredwell family vacated, much of the house remains virtually unchanged. in 1835, the Tredwell family that consisted of Seabury and Eliza Tredwell and their 6 young children, settled in Manhattan’s aristocratic Bond Street neighborhood. Youngest daughter Gertrude resided in the home until here death in 1933. A few years later, the house was opened to the public to showcase the near-perfect architecture of its time and offering an intimate glimpse of the family’s wealthy merchant lifestyle. However, there’s much more to be said about the house than its lavish past. Reports of paranormal activity date back to the year after Gertrude had passed. There are many accounts of unexplained temperature changes, unusual smells, disembodied voices, sounds of parties and a piano playing. But the activity doesn’t stop there. The museum is known for its full body apparition of a woman in a brown dress, who is rumored to interact with guests. Paranormal investigators believe the lady in the brown dress to be the ghost of Gertrude Tredwell. Gertrude’s full body apparition has earned the home the title of Most Haunted House in Manhattan!

 

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