Edgar Allan Poe
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Who you gonna call? Just in time for Halloween, we’ve found the most haunted places in Gotham, from a functioning, allegedly apparition-filled bar to the grisly-sounding Manhattan Murder Well. For more spooks, check out our list of the 100 greatest horror movies ever.
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The Tredwell family moved into this then-newish Noho town house in 1835—and some say they never left. It became a museum in 1936, three years after final occupant Gertrude Tredwell died at 93, and visitors have reported seeing and feeling poor Gerty and her seven siblings’ presence ever since.Read more
2. House of Death
This brownstone residence’s nickname is well earned, as it’s been the setting for a host of mysterious passings. In the book Spindrift: Spray from a Psychic Sea, Jan Bryant Bartell discusses her experience living there, noting that she ran into the spirit of former resident Mark Twain one night in her living room. What’d the novelist tell her? “My name is Clemens, and I has a problem here I gotta settle.” Oh, Twain, hilarious as ever.
The spook of founding father and successful duelist Aaron Burr is said to frequent this swanky West Village eatery. Many believe the former Vice President is the source of the paranormal activity—flickering lights, missing items—in the restaurant, which is located in what was once his carriage house.Read more
4. 85 West 3rd Street
In 1845 and ’46, this location (now an NYU building) was the home of Edgar Allan Poe, who penned parts of his opus “The Raven” there. Only a single banister apparently remains from the original layout, and some have reported spotting Poe near it.
6. Billop House
In the late 1700s, British loyalist Christopher Billop, then the owner of this 1680 stone homestead, allegedly killed a female servant suspected of spying for the Patriots. Both victim and murderer are said to haunt the premises, along with the apparitions of patrolling redcoats. 718-984-6046, conferencehouse.org
Locals claim that this place of worship is a hotbed for ghosts, including that of Peter Stuyvesant, whose remains are buried in the churchyard. (He probably wants to make sure you haven’t forgotten about him since your second-grade unit on New Amsterdam ended.)Read more
This artists’ hangout is well-known for providing lodging to rock stars and cultural celebrities over the years. And according to believers, a few residents (like Sid Vicious’s girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who was found stabbed in the couple’s bathroom, and Dylan Thomas, who died at nearby St. Vincent’s Hospital) may have never checked out. Closed for renovations.Read more
10. Manhattan Murder Well
In 1799, the slain body of Gulielma Elmore Sands was discovered in a well just north of Spring Street. (Her suitor, Levi Weeks, was suspected of the crime but acquitted.) Rumor has it that the well remains intact in the basement of this downtown building, the only remnant of the grisly act—other than, perhaps, Sands’s ghost.