The Most Haunted Places in New York City

September 15, 2017   /    Things to Do in NYC   /    Comments Off on The Most Haunted Places in New York City

Halloween is coming, and one way you can get into the spirit of the season is by checking out some haunted places. Many buildings and landmarks around the city are considered haunted, and people love visiting them so they can try to spot ghosts. New York in particular is filled to the brim with all kinds of haunted places, and listed below are just a few of the ones you can check out. All of these locations are open to the public, so read ahead and see if you have the guts to check out any of these places.

Bone-Chilling Places in New York City

Merchant’s House Museum

Outside of Merchant's House Museum
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Address: 29 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Located in the East Village, the Merchant’s House Museum was the home of the Tredwell family during the 19th century. Some people say that members of the family still live in the building to this day. The building was opened to the public in the 1930s, and to this day people have claimed that strange things have happened here. As a result, the building has become a popular location for people who are interested in paranormal activity.

Candlelight Ghost Tours are held here, and they give visitors a chance to hear the tales of the former residents of the building. You can also hear a thing or two about the paranormal things people have seen here.

St. Paul’s Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel Exterior View
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Address: 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

St. Paul’s Chapel gained its status as a haunted place thanks to the story of British actor George Frederick Cooke. His skull was donated to science when he died, so when he was buried at this chapel he had no head. It has been said that his spirit has been looking for the missing head ever since.

With a story like that, you can see why people think the place is haunted. If you like hunting for ghosts, you might want to give the churchyard around the chapel a good search. Who knows? You just might see George Cooke looking for his missing head. It’s only located about a ten minute walk from historic Post Towers in the Financial District.

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Exterior of Morris-Jumel Mansion
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Address: 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032

Located in Washington Heights, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest house in Manhattan, so it isn’t surprising that some people think the building is haunted. It has been reported that the spirits of previous residents, including Eliza Jumel, have made appearances here from time to time. This has made the mansion a popular destination for fans of the paranormal.
Bimonthly paranormal investigations are conducted here, and they will allow visitors to learn more about the mansion’s former residents and the wide variety of paranormal things people have seen here.

Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetary Tombstones
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Address: 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Compared to other locations on this list, Green-Wood Cemetery is a bit further out, but it is still worth travelling out to. After all, what could be more haunted than a cemetery? Stories of ghosts appearing at this cemetery are common, and some people claimed to have seen the ghost of Mabel Douglass, a dean from the Douglass College, who went missing during a boat ride at Lake Placid. This isn’t even mentioning the fact that part of the land the cemetery rests on was where the Battle of Brooklyn took place back in 1776. It doesn’t get more ominous than that.

Historic Trolley Tours take place here, allowing visitors to learn more about the people who have been buried here years ago. Guided tours are also held in late October, giving visitors a chance to check out the catacombs that are normally closed off to the public. When it comes to searching ghosts, you can’t do much better than checking out a cemetery.

Blood Manor

Address: 163 Varick St, New York, NY 10013

Comedians Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart both visited Blood Manor for a skit last year on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Located in SoHo, Blood Manor hosts a wide variety of themed rooms created for the sole purpose of scaring patrons. For the bravest individuals, Lights Out Nights are also featured, and are designed to showcase the scariest things in the manor with as little light as possible. The official website has a schedule that will let you know when the mansion is open to the public.