Horror in New York and haunted places. The afterlife is not always discrete, there are strange forces and ghosts all around the city.
According to the book Haunted Places: The National Directory, four ghosts live in St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 E. 10th St., 212-674-6377, East Village, Manhattan). One of them has a wooden leg and walks with a cane. It seems he is a farmer called Stuyvesant, who died in 1672. He was buried in a vault, permanently sealed in 1953 to avoid problems, because church attendants have reported hearing the tapping of his peg leg.
And how about the self-proclaimed Bishop of Broadway, David Belasco, who died in 1931? It seems that he lives in Belasco Theatre (111 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200, Midtown West, Manhattan). Actors, stagehands and doormen have reported spotting Belasco in the balcony during shows. He usually appears with a woman in blue at his side.
Very famous is also Ms. Gallus Mag ghost. He lives at Bridge Café, closed since 2012 due to Sandy damage (279 Water St., 212-227-3344, Financial District, Manhattan). Since opening in 1794, the establishment served as brothel, pirate bar, packing store, Hungarian restaurant… But it always had a ‘peculiar’ decoration. The shelves hold pickling jars containing body parts of Gallus, punished for their patrons. Thus, numerous testimonies say that his shouts and blows are still heard in nearby offices.
Poet Dylan Thomas and Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious’ girlfriend, are rumored to be spending the afterlife at the Chelsea Hotel, where both met their death.
John Lennon is said to haunt the Dakota, where he was murdered.
Washington Square Park Greenwich Village, Manhattan, is another NYC haunted place. It’s rumored that if you walk by the park late at night, you’ll see ghosts hanging from trees and especially, around the arch.
And how about you? Have you ever seen a ghost in New York City? Tell us your experience.