Indoor Ghost Walk: The Ghosts of Grand Central

Black and white image of grand central station

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.

The Campbell Apartment

Staircase at the Campbell Apartment

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.

St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery

Outside image of Saint Marks In The Bowery Church

This stately church is said to be haunted by Peter Stuyvesant, the mythically well-known governor of New Amsterdam during the mid-1600s. 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.

The Woodlawn Cemetery

Thomas F. Masun cemetery

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 it 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.

The Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin Hotel at night

The Algonquin Hotel may still be visited posthumously by poet Dorothy Parker, performer Harpo Marx and playwright George Connell. In a group of often-discussed possibly haunted New York City hotels, the Algonquin 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.

The Dakota

The Dakota apartments

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 and exclusivity (it has been the most-viewed co-op listing online for Manhattan and the Upper West Side) that draws the curious, and maybe it’s something more. Visitors of this haunted New York spot aren’t able to enter the building but seem to wander along its 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?

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