Each Fall, north easterners anticipate Halloween by enjoying the look and smell of leaves changing color, by over-ordering pumpkin spiced drinks, and by unpacking their tweedier threads. Seasonal craft beers take over some taps at the pubs mid-September, and then New York crowns Fall by hosting the peerless Village Halloween Parade. Get into the spirit of things early – plan to visit the “visited” parts of our own Haunted New York City. Archetype’s team researched categories of haunted spots and now presents our “best of” list of the 6 Most Haunted Places in New York.
Archer’s mischievous sense of humor is the inspiration for this post. USE THE MAP & DIRECTIONS at the foot of this post and enjoy, but don’t go alone.
1. Indoor Ghost Walk: The Ghosts of Grand Central (89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, Meet in front of New York Transit Museum Gallery adjacent to the Station Master’s office).
This well-rated tour by the Ghosts of New York Group explores indoor hauntings of the NYC transit system. Book a haunted New York tour for some hair-raising stories, or at least a unique beginning to a Fall night out in New York. You’ll never pass through Grand Central Station again without thinking about the past and all that has occurred since the station opened in 1913.
2. The Campbell Apartment (15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017, in Grand Central Terminal).
This lush cocktail bar in Grand Central Station is said to be patronized by an otherworldly and well-dressed older couple sharing drinks and a moment together in the upstairs balcony sometimes, even when the bar is closed. Have a drink with friends, and then wander down to the terminal after closing time, keeping your eyes on the seats near the edge of the balcony. The Campbell Apartment is a great refreshment stop along the way as you tour Archer’s 6 Most Haunted Places in New York.
3. St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery (131 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003)
This stately church is said to be haunted by Peter Stuyvesant, mythically well known Governor of New Amsterdam during the mid 1600’s. The good news is that he seems to be more interested in singing hymns in Dutch and inventorying rum loudly during services than in scaring the living. Still, some people believe they’ve heard the rapping of Stuyvesant’s wooden leg on the church floor and that can’t be described as any less than creepy.
4. The Woodlawn Cemetery (517 E 233rd St, New York, NY 10470).
This cemetery is the resting place of hundreds of thousands on Webster Avenue at East 23rd in The Bronx. Your party may or may not encounter a fellow with a flashlight, frantically (and silently) shouting and waving a flashlight around behind the Frankie’s Castle monument. You’ll definitely find some outstandingly lovely memorial structures, designed (and, in some cases, forever inhabited by) famed architects. Wander the grounds respectfully, and check out the cemetery map as you enter.
5. The Algonquin Hotel (59 W. 44th Street, NY, NY 10036).
The Algonquin Hotel may still be visited posthumously by poet Dorothy Parker, performer Harpo Marx and playwright George Connell. In a group often discussed possibly haunted New York City Hotels, the Algonguin stands out on many haunting-related lists. Children once claimed that Ms. Parker shushed them when they were being too noisy at this West 44th Street hotel.
6. The Dakota (1 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023).
The Dakota is the gothic (visual) anachronism of a residential building in-between modern structures near the edge of Central Park West. This location of John Lennon’s assassination (1980) and scene of Roman Polanski’s film, Rosemary’s Baby (1968), attracts seekers of spooky spiritual experiences along its sidewalk. Maybe it’s The Dakota’s mystique & exclusivity (it was the most viewed co-op listing online for Manhattan and the Upper West Side as of 9/23/2014) that draws the curious, and maybe it’s something more. Visitors of this haunted New York spot won’t be able to enter the building, but seem to wander along it’s 72nd Street and Central Park facade in awe. Are they paying respect to Mr. Lennon, remembering the horror Rosemary experienced at the scene, or channeling something else?
Post spooky selfies of you and your friends investigating claims of supernatural occurrences at or near our 6 Most Haunted Places in New York this Fall. Share and follow us on Instagram using #archergram, or on Facebook and Twitter. Make a reservation at the currently ghost-free Archer Hotel New York , to cuddle up after your tour even if you “ain’t afraid of no ghost.”