New York has plenty of dark secrets. We have selected 8 or 12 haunting tales to scare the history of New York into your memory for ever!
Our terrifying tales of death, hauntings and lives lived in the filth and squalor of Manhattan’s Greenwich village during times of plague, disease and pestilence. Washington Square Park for instance was not always the tranquil park it is today.
In 1797 the land was purchased by the city and used as a makeshift graveyard for the poor and indigent, this was bargain-basement burial, cheap, thin coffins were used to encourage decomposition, so more bodies could be buried on top of those poor souls. Estimates put the number of dead within the park at over 20,000 people. Walking on top of these victims of Cholera and Yellow fever puts a chill in you, when you realize every step puts you on top on another grave.
Whether you have just a few hours to take in a New York experience, or if you are a hard-boiled local, we promise you will learn more about the past and current hauntings of New York City on our hour-long tour than you could in a week of research.
Below are just a few of the 8 or 12 locations we will visit on your tour. Some of the further afield locations that we researched but were unable to include on our tour made it onto our blog, learn more about the sordid history of New York City, with NY Ghosts.
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Washington Square National Park
This park is no walk in the park. Built on the site of a Native American burial ground, the park was used as a site for mass graves for tens of thousands of the unfortunate. Washington Square Park has also been the site of lethal disease outbreaks and suicides. Tread here carefully.
More than a handful of secret dealings were carried out behind the inconspicuous brick facade of the Pirate’s Den. A notorious speakeasy during prohibition and a home for the mistress of New York City’s most corrupt mayor, The Pirates Den still echoes with the shouts of wild abandon and violent decadence from the era of Prohibition. Not everyone got to escape the secret rooms alive.
Mark Twain House
Another literary icon’s spirit dwells in New York City. Mark Twain’s ghost has been seen, along with at least 22 other ghosts, at this “House of Death.” Although Twain briefly lived at the residence, his spirit seems to have resided there longer. How and why could this be?
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
One If By Land, Two If By Sea is not only a restaurant, but home to at least one notable spirit: Theodosia Burr, daughter of Aaron Burr. What is now the restaurant was once part of Aaron Burr’s estate. His ghost has also been seen here, perhaps to be with his beloved daughter once again. Fans of the Broadway musical Hamilton will not want to miss this location.