Pumpkin spice lattes are making a comeback, leaves are changing colors, and the weather is starting to cool down, and we all know what that means. Halloween is finally close enough to start getting excited about it! So for those of you that love the thrill of the paranormal, here are five haunted places in NYC that you should visit!
1. New Amsterdam Theatre
Located on 214 West 42nd, this theatre is haunted by actress Olive Thomas, who died September 10, 1920, when she “accidentally” ingested all of her husband’s mercury bichloride pills on their second honeymoon in Paris. A lethal dose, the pills prescribed to her husband for his syphilis caused the tragic end to Olive. Following her death, it is said that her spirit returned to the New Amsterdam Theatre, where she once performed. You can see her wandering around clutching a blue pill bottle, and she is known to mostly appear for men.
2. Hotel Chelsea
A hotel with a star studded past of visits from celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, the history of this hotel is as ugly as it is famous. While home to many infamous celebrity deaths, the hotel located on West 23rd is specifically known for the death of poet Dylan Thomas. He haunts Room 206. It is also known for the death of Nancy Spungen, girlfriend to Sid Vicious. After being arrested for her murder, Sid overdosed on heroin prior to his trial, and it is said that the two lovers haunt the hotel together.
3. Morris-Jumel Mansion
The Morris-Jumel Mansion, located at 65 Jumel Terrace and known as New York’s oldest home, is said to be haunted by five spirits, most notably the ghost of Eliza Jumel. After her husband passed away in 1832, Eliza found a new suitor in Alexander Hamilton’s assassin, Aaron Burr. However, after divorcing Burr, Eliza’s appearance was said to become so frightening that she died alone in her mansion. It’s said that when she appears she is often confused or delusional, symptoms lingering from the dementia she suffered from near the end of her life.
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4. St. Paul’s Chapel
St. Paul’s Chapel, on 1157 Amsterdam Avenue, is haunted by George Frederick Cooke, famed actor as well as heavy drinker and collector of debt through his extravagant spending. To settle his debt, Cooke donated his head to science following his death in 1812. However, it is said that post his decapitation, Cooke’s spirit has been seen wandering the tombstones of the cemetery searching for his missing head.
5. The House of Death
Finally we have The House of Death. A Greenwich Village brownstone located at 14 West 10th Street, this house certainly lives up to its name and is arguably is one of the most haunted places in NYC. The brownstone was built in 1974 and is reportedly home to 22 spirits, including Mark Twain, who was said to live on the land in 1900. So don’t be surprised if there are some vacancies, seeing as it is New York’s very own murder house.
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Shelby, also known as Shelly, is a photojournalism major at St. John's University and dreams of becoming a traveling journalist after college. In her free time, Shelly enjoys working on costumes for the Chappell Players, reading, taking photos and making future travel plans to places all around the world.