The Spooks of New York City
Inspiration sometimes comes from unexpected places.... During a trip with the gang to nyc, i told a mini ghost story on the way through Washington Square Park in the Village. This page is for ricky... he does believe in spooks. he does, he does.
are several ghosts and spirits who haunt New York City, so if you are ever
in the neighborhood, expecially in Greenwich Village, a popular spirit
hangout, check them out. These are the famous spooks, and there are lots
of not-so-famous, garden variety hauntings. The locals can fill you in on
Washington Square Park's hauntings - My favorite - originate from its use as a hanging ground,in the days before DVD's and video games. For cheap entertainment on a Sunday afternoon, you could go for a stroll and catch a hanging. People swung from trees that still stand today. Though I wish they would mark them so that I can find them. The bodies were just dumped into a mass grave after the afternoon's festivities. Later on, the Park also served as an "official" cemetery, and still has more than 15,000 bodies buried under the lawns and paths. I had also read that poor folks and influenza victims who didn't have the cash or relatives to take care of funeral arrangements, were also dumped in there.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace (uptown,between West 160th and 162nd Streets), the oldest home in Manhattan, is said to be haunted by at least three separate spirits. Eliza Jumel, the wife of Aaron Burr and former mistress of the mansion, is said to wander through the house in a purple dress, rapping on walls and windows. The servants quarters are frequented by the apparition of a young servant girl who supposedly committed suicide by jumping out of a window. A soldier who served in the American Revolution is said to come alive on occasion.
Aaron Burr seems to have attracted spooks - Greenwich Village - One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant - Once a carriage house owned and operated by Aaron Burr, the place is supposedly haunted by Burr's daughter Theodosia Burr Alston, who vanished off the coast of North Carolina while on her way to visit her father in New York. Apparitions of Theodosia and various other spirits have actually been seen and several women sitting at the bar have had their earrings pulled off by Theodosia. She'd go wild over our glowing earrings.
Downtown at 14 West 10th Street (near Fifth Avenue), is a house haunted by ghosts of the more than 22 people who have died there. Mark Twain, who lived in the house from 1900 to 1901, is said to haunt the building's stairwell. In recent years, Joel Steinberg lived here in 1987, when he was accused of beating his daughter, 6-year-old Lisa Steinberg, to death.
The burial ground at St. Paul's Chapel is reportedly frequented by the ghost of George Frederick Cooke, who was buried headless, having pledged his head to science in order to pay doctor's bills (and whose skull was used in multiple performances of "Hamlet" on Broadway). Nowadays,HMO's want your blood, not your silly head. Cooke's spirit roams through the churchyard in an endless search for his detached head
White Horse Tavern (567 Hudson Street at West 11th Street) is the site of the poet Dylan Thomas' collapse and death, after drinking 18, count 'em, 18 shots of scotch in 1953. It is said that his ghost returns to the scene from time to time to rotate his favorite corner table, as Thomas used to do when he was alive. Sounds like a Table 5 story to me.
New Amsterdam Theatre - haunted by a Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl, Olive Thomas, who killed herself. She has been seen on the stage and in one of the dressing rooms by workmen that were doing repairs on the theatre. She holds a blue glass bottle (reportedly that held the poison that killed her)
Brittany Hotel - Corner of East 10th and Broadway - Phantom music and lights, people hearing unknown footsteps in the rooms and feeling a presence "watching" them
Ghost and HauntedTours
Tours Of New York City
Street Smarts N.Y.
The Village transforms into the ultimate costume party on Halloween
night for the nation's largest Halloween celebration -- The annual
Village Halloween Parade. Over 25,000 costumed natives (New Yorkers,
that is), dancers, jugglers, musicians, parade down 6th Avenue on
Halloween night. The parade entertains about 1.5 million people annually
MTA web site will tell you what
city bus to take to see different
Trivia I have No Place For Yet But Didn't Want To Forget
I spotted a bunch of little
streets in and around
I believe i read that the cobblestones date back to the early 1900's, when horses and carriages were the preferred mode of transportation. Cobblestones are little cubes of rock neatly arranged in sand. The road builders carefully set them into place in the sand, one stone at a time. These stones turned pretty colors over time. I remember that some of the cobblestones that popped up or broke were replaced with thick glass block. I never figured out why.
Most of the streets were paved over once we started using automobiles, because they are definitely bone rattlers and they messed with some important stuff under your car. And walking on those babies in high heels used to be a challenge. Always uneven, and definitely slippery when wet. But part of the charm of the Village are those narrow little back streets that the city forgot to pave or didn't really notice. They'll escape notice and paving over until a manhole cover blows off or a watermain breaks.
Brownstones in New
York City - What
they look like
Population of New York City is approximately 17,953,372. I'll bet I ran into every one of them during Friday rush hour.
Manhattan is an island about 15 miles long and 2 miles wide. To the west is the Hudson River, to the north is the Harlem River, to the east the East River, and to the south the Upper New York Bay, which runs into the Atlantic Ocean.
Little Italy is the best place in Manhattan for Italian food and culture. You gotta go to the Feast of San Gennaro for an incredible munch-a-thon street fest. I recommend the sausage and pepers and the zeppoles. Little Italy is in lower Manhattan, just north of Chinatown,also near Greenwich Village. Little Italy extends from Mott to Mulberry on Hester Street, and from Hester to Grand on Mulberry Street.
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