What are New York’s Most Famous Haunted Sites?


From early settlers to dangerous outlaws, well-bred members of high society, tourists, family men and women, caretakers, journalists and even children, many of those who lived or visited in New York over the last 400 years never left.

They continue to wander around their former homes and favorite places as ghosts. Some people stay away from those areas in order to avoid the spirits but others are intrigued by the paranormal happenings that revive New York stories of long ago.

The FairGo casino login invites you to take a trip through New York and visit some of these haunted sites.

The Merchant’s House Museum

The Merchant’s House Museum, known formerly as the Seabury Tredwell House, is located on East 4th Avenue in New York City. The house belonged to the Tredwells, a family of 8 children. The last two sisters, Gertrude and Julia, lived there in the early 20th century and when Julia died in 1909 her sister Gertrude continued to live on her own until her own death in 1933.

Over the years Gertrude grew more eccentric. She became obsessed with the home, remembering its elegant past even as the neighborhood became run-down and neighboring houses were demolished or converted into tenements, commercial structures or rooming houses. In her last years Gertrude was burdened with the financial difficulties involved in keeping the house up.

After Gertrude’s passing a cousin moved in and had the house designated as a City landmark. He opened the house as a historic house museum to display an authentic 19th century New York home. Gertrude however, who had never married and lived in the house her entire life, seems to have been unwilling to leave. Over the years numerous people have reported sightings of Gertrude and other family members, being overcome by strange “feelings” and hearing voices.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel mansion is a stately Georgian mansion built in 1765 in Washington Heights. During the American revolution it served as military headquarters for both the Americans and the British (at different times. The house was purchased by Stephen and Eliza Jumel in 1810 and after Stephen’s death Eliza married Aaron Burr.

Eliza was a controversial personality. Her husband’s death was suspicious and she married Burr very soon after she was widowed. Over the years there have been multiple sightings of Eliza who was seen wandering the halls in a purple dress and rapping on windows and walls. One group of schoolchildren testified that she shushed them.

Other sightings at the Morris-Jumel mansion include a talking grandfather clock and a Hessian soldier who has been seen emerging from a painting on the wall.

The Dakota

The Dakota, an upper class apartment building located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was featured in Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby. John and Yoko Lennon lived there and John was assassinated on the steps of the building in 1980.

But even before these well-known events, The Dakota was a site of paranormal activity. After resident Judy Holliday died a construction worker reported that he saw a figure with a man’s body but a young boy’s face. A number of people have reported seeing a little girl dressed in 19th century clothing waving from lower windows.

Objects have been said to have moved of their own accord and footsteps and strange noses have been noted. In the basement, a porter said that he was accosted by a flying metal bar and some people have seen building developer Edward Cabot Clark lurking in the basement.

The spirit of John Lennon has also been noted. Lennon himself reported seeing things – a UFO and a crying lady ghost. But others have spoken of seeing Lennon himself — once leaning against the wall of the building and another time playing the piano. One woman said that Lennon spoke to her, assuring her that he would always be with her.

14th West 10th Street

The house at 14th West 10th Street has been named the “House of Death” due to death and other strange occurrences that have been recorded as having happened there.

The house itself was built during the late 1850s in fashionable Washington Square Park.  Mark Twain lived there for over a year but many people have reported seeing his spirit there, dressed in the white suit for which he is known. In 1930 a mother and a daughter reported that they saw him and that he spoke to them.

Another resident, actress Jan Bryant Bartell, lived there and said that she felt a presence that she described as a “monstrous moving shadow.” She described the sound of footsteps following her up the stairs, strange smells, a chair that her dog would growl at as though it could see someone sitting there, strange food appearing on plates, furniture that moved and sounds of crashing glass.

It has been reported that there are 22 separate entities haunting the house including the spirits of a couple killed in a murder-suicide there. Some sightings include a lady in white, a gray cat and a young child in the house.

The house became famous when, in 1987, well-known lawyer Joel Steinberg beat his adopted daughter to death in the house.

12 Gay Street

12 Gay Street, around the corner from Sixth Avenue, was a speakeasy during Prohibition named The Pirate’s Den. New York mayor Jimmy Walker bought it for his mistress, Ziegfeld dancer Betty Compton. More than one neighbor has seen an image of a dapper man in a top hat and clock that they call “the Gay Street Phantom” lurking around at night along with other flapper gals in 1920s dress.

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