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The most haunted places in NYC

Learn what’s lurking around town at the most haunted places in NYC—and then decide whether or not you want to go out.

In the city that never sleeps, there are haunted places in NYC whose inhabitants might keep you up at night or heading home early. From historic haunted houses to long-time taverns, the tenants at these venues might give off an eerie feeling or prompt a sudden urge to change your plans. Fact or fiction, these personas of paranormal activity will put you on high alert if you’re brave enough to pay a visit or take ghost tours . So keep your eyes wide open while reading about some of the spookiest places in NYC  and deciding what to do for Halloween .

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Merchant’s House Museum

1.  Merchant’s House Museum

  • Historic buildings and sites

Once owned by the Tredwell family, this historic Noho townhouse apparently seems to have one member still living here. It’s suspected that Gertrude Tredwell, the last Tredwell to occupy the house until her death in 1933, is keeping an eye on the home she grew up in. Since becoming one of the more under-the-radar museums three years later, strange sights, sounds and smells have been reported. Yet the staff doesn’t seem fazed, as ghost tours are offered here frequently.

Morris-Jumel Mansion

2.  Morris-Jumel Mansion

  • Washington Heights

Manhattan’s oldest remaining house has seen a lot of activity—from being George Washington’s temporary Revolutionary War HQ to the locations where Lin-Manuel Miranda’s busted out Hamilton rhymes. Then there’s one-time scandalous owner Eliza Bowen Jumel (who quickly married second hubby Aaron Burr), who might still be lurking around; similar stories involve sightings of a solider and a young girl. Find out more by going on one of the mansion’s paranormal investigation sessions.

McCarren Park Pool

3.  McCarren Park Pool

  • Parks and gardens

Apparently, this public pool in Greenpoint is tied to folklore involving a small girl who may have drowned on-site. According to Paranormal NYC , this child has been seen roaming the area at night and screaming out for help. There are no public records of this alleged death, but EMF readings taken by this paranormal investigative group have found some sort of activity in water, such as a drop in temperature, and there have been photographs pointing out orbs being present. Whether or not it’s safe to be in the water is up for personal debate.

The Ear Inn

4.  The Ear Inn

  • West Village

One of the city’s oldest drinking establishments, this Soho landmark pub is said to have a long-term patron who likes to make his presence known, so to speak. Back in the day, sailors and longshoremen flocked here to get a drink; one of them hasn’t gone home just yet. A cheeky ghost named Mickey is said to have had a tragic ending: He was a sailor who got hit by a car in front of the bar and died, but he mainly makes himself known by flirting with the ladies at the bar.

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

5.  One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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Aaron Burr is back again: This uber-romantic restaurant in the West Village was once the former VP’s carriage house. He and his daughter, Theodosia, are presumed to be among the spirits causing the waitstaff some havoc. Apparently, champagne glasses have been broken and hung paintings have fallen off walls. Theodosia also has said to been seen on the staircase, and apparently has been swiping the earrings off unsuspecting diners. There’s also a lady in black who may have died from a broken neck resulting from falling down the stairs.

The former Astor Room

6.  The former Astor Room

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Hollywood legends may still be thriving at this former commissary within Kaufman Astoria Studios. The Astoria café was a hangout for 1920s matinee idol Rudolph Valentino, who might still be congregating where he dined while filming movies at the former Paramount Studios, not far from this place. And apparently , Valentino has also been spotted around old haunts in Los Angeles, making him quite the quintessential East Coast–West Coast hopper.

White Horse Tavern

7.  White Horse Tavern

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A wordsmith’s watering hole, this circa 1880 bar was quite the writer’s hangout in the early 1950s. Yet one regular took his status here too far. The story goes that poet Dylan Thomas literally drank himself to death by having one too many shots of whiskey and stumbled his way out onto the sidewalk (he later died at a hospital). It’s rumored that his ghost remains a patron at this establishment to this day, perhaps keeping tabs on his favorite table.

Landmark Tavern

8.  Landmark Tavern

  • Hell's Kitchen

This waterfront Irish saloon dating back to 1868 has seen dockworkers and seamen come and go over time; it also had one of its floors operating as a Prohibition speakeasy. However, it’s apparent that there are some stragglers still lurking around. One of them is said to be the ghost of a Confederate Civil War veteran who was severely stabbed in a fight and crept up to the tavern’s second floor. (Supposedly he died in a bathtub.) Another wanderer is a young Irish girl who was said to have died from cholera or typhoid fever.

The Octagon on Roosevelt Island

9.  The Octagon on Roosevelt Island

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  • Roosevelt Island

Before being rebuilt as upscale high-rise, this rotunda has a spooky past as part of the New York City Lunatic Asylum from 1841 through 1894. The asylum was the subject of journalist Nellie Bly’s expose, Ten Days in a Mad-House , uncovered the mistreatment of its patients. While the presence of ghosts is up for debate, a New York Daily News article had a comment from a resident noting that his dog would stare at a corner and start barking as though something were there.

House of Death

10.  House of Death

This Greenwich Village brownstone along West 10th Street has witnessed much sorrow, with reportedly many mysterious tenant deaths occurring here. According to Ephemeral New York , psychic Jan Bryant Bartell wrote about seeing former resident Mark Twain in her living room one night in her book, Spindrift: Spray from a Psychic Sea . Twain told her that his name was Clemens and that he had “a problem here I gotta settle,” and then he disappeared.

Algonquin Hotel

11.  Algonquin Hotel

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  • Midtown West
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While the management officially says no, it’s quite possible that the members of the Vicious Circle—who once met regularly for lunch at this hotel—have made their presence literally known. A Travel & Leisure article noted that during a major renovation, unexplained noises happened and a photograph of writer Dorothy Parker, a member of this inner cultural circle, fell off the wall. Maybe Dorothy misses hanging out with her hotel homies?

New Amsterdam Theatre

12.  New Amsterdam Theatre

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While Aladdin has been gracing the main stage, this playhouse has another active performer within its wings: a onetime Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl named Olive Thomas. According to Playbill , Olive committed suicide in 1920 but has been making her theatrical presence known so much that her pictures were hung up at every entrance so that the cast and crew would greet her on their way in and out. Hopefully, she remains pleased by this kind gesture.

85 West 3rd Street

13.  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.

Billop Conference House

14.  Billop Conference 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.

The Dakota

15.  The Dakota

It's one of the most famous apartment buildings in New York City—and possibly one of the most haunted. Residents have reported seeing the ghost of a young girl gallivanting around the hallways, while John Lennon claimed to have seen a figure he called the “Crying Lady Ghost” wandering through the building. And Lennon himself may still be floating around; Yoko Ono says she saw his spirit sitting at his piano, saying, “Don't be afraid. I am still with you.”

Washington Square Park

16.  Washington Square Park

  • Greenwich Village

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

17.  St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

  • Religious buildings and sites
  • East Village

Locals claim 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.)

Hotel Chelsea

18.  Hotel Chelsea

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.

Manhattan Murder Well

19.  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.

Hell Gate Bridge

20.  Hell Gate Bridge

Is it safe to assume that any landmark dubbed “Hell Gate” is haunted? Not necessarily, but many urban legends and countless ghost stories about the bridge spanning the East River between Queens and Ward’s Island have certainly scared the bejesus out of New Yorkers for many years. According to Urban Ghosts , a grotesque ghost train allegedly crosses the bridge at night. And some have spotted a demonic train holding the souls of folks who lost their lives in the water below. Too spooky for us!

Belasco Theatre

21.  Belasco Theatre

This midtown landmark is not only notable for the talent it draws, but for the ghosts that never leave ( gulp ). Allegedly, owner David Belasco once lived in an apartment above the theatre with his right-hand lady (a.k.a. the Blue Lady). Belasco passed away in 1931, but his spirit (including the Blue Lady’s) still remains. Both can be seen onstage during performances, sitting in the audience and traveling in the elevator.

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The 11 Most Haunted Places in NYC

One of the greatest cities in the world, the bright lights of New York also hide plenty of dark secrets and entities. From the echoes of long ago-fought battles, to the spirits of strange and sometimes friendly, sometimes protective, and often traumatized, beings.

The history of New York dates back to around 10,000 B.C. It was discovered by an Italian in 1524, and by the 18 th century had become a major trading point. New York City boasts fabulous architecture and some of the grandest buildings in the world. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly cemeteries, still-tortured insane asylums, and infamous homes.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these haunted places in NYC below…

1. 14 West 10 th Street, Greenwich Village

An image of the Mart Twain House at 14 West 10th Street, NYC

A townhouse looking like many others in the area, but this one has plenty of gruesome history, it is often called “The House of Death.” It carries the title credited by some, as the “most haunted building in New York,” and could have as many as 22 ghosts. At 14 West 10 th Street six-year-old Lisa Steinberg was beaten to death by her reportedly illegally adoptive father, well-known attorney Joel Steinberg, in 1987. It is also the location of murder-suicide.

Mark Twain lived at 14 West 10 th Street between 1900 and 1901 and said he had experienced supernatural goings-on at the house, over a century ago. Some report having seen the ghost of Mark Twain himself, in his signature white suit, climbing the staircase in the building and on the first floor. A mother and daughter reported having seen the author sitting in a chair in the 1930s, he spoke to them and then vanished.

The brownstone home in Washington Square Park was built in the 1850s and transformed into 10 apartments in 1937. One resident, actress Jan Bryant Bartell, wrote of the paranormal goings-on in her 1974 book including her experience of a presence at the house she describes as a “monstrous moving shadow.” And, seven years of what she says was psychological and sometimes physical torment inflicted by the property’s otherworldly inhabitants. Bartell also writes of hauntings at 16 West 10th Street, when she lived in that house, next door.  The actress and author died just weeks after completing the manuscript for her book about the house and as per the New York Post felt the house had poisoned her.

Paranormal investigators and mediums confirm the presence of a lady in white, a young child, and the specter of a grey cat. A musician and photographer who has lived next door to the house for 20 years have had guests run out after seeing a lady in a gown…and a cat. There have also been ghosts reported nearby at No 17 and No 18.

2. Grand Central Station, Midtown

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A popular destination for ghost walks, Grand Central Station is a maze of underground tracks and tunnels some of them very secret ones. Along with these secrets are spooks and even the specter of an old locomotive.

At Grand Central Station there is a platform with a secret entrance and an elevator that leads straight into the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This is said to be President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s private entry into the city where he could avoid the press. The door to the elevator is welded closed but it’s said that Roosevelt’s faithful hound Fala can be heard barking and that the ex-President himself is not far behind.

Another story from the Manhattan landmark is that one night a gray-haired man in a black hat approached the on-duty station agent declaring, “the midnight train to hell is coming for me. I have committed too many crimes against man and sins against heaven.”

The agent told the man there was no such train only the 11:58 PM from Croton-on-the Hudson and the 12:02 AM from New Haven. Yet then, the agent said a steam whistle blew and a steam locomotive chugged along the electric tracks. He says he felt the rush of hot air from the engine and the gray-haired man vanished, leaving his black hat on the floor of the terminal.

3. New Amsterdam Theatre, Midtown

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Frequented by the rich and famous and with its vibrant movie and theater scene it is no surprise that New York City has celebrity ghosts. Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who performed between 1916 and 1920 and who died on her honeymoon in Paris, is said to have returned to the place she was most happy – The New Amsterdam Theatre.

Thomas died in Paris when she took what she thought was a sleeping draft, and was actually mercury bichloride, her husband’s syphilis medication. It’s said her spirit returned to the theater and there are numerous reports of a beautiful young lady strolling its aisles.

One report is from a night-time security guard who sensed a presence behind him. He turned and saw a woman in a green dress with a flask in her hand who moved across the stage, blew him a kiss, and walked right through the wall.

Dana Amendola, vice president of operations at Disney Theatrical Group, told the New York Post he felt a tug on his shirt one night when he left the theatre, but there was no one there.

Today there is a photo of Thomas at every exit, theater performers and staff blow her a kiss when they leave the building.

4. Hotel Chelsea, Chelsea

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This haunted New York hotel has seen more than its share of tryst and tragedy. Its most infamous incident was the stabbing of Nancy Spungen in room 100 in October 1978. Her boyfriend was Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistols bassist and he was arrested and charged with her murder. Before the case ever went to trial Vicious died of a heroin overdose.

Potentially the most active ghost at the Hotel Chelsea is instead a woman called Mary. As per the New York Post, “The Sopranos,” actor Michael Imperioli saw Mary hunched over crying at the end of a hallway. He called out and asked if she was okay, then behind him a lightbulb exploded, and the hallway was plunged into darkness. Mary had vanished.

Mary is said to be the spirit of a lady who waited at the hotel for her new husband, returning from a trip to England. Sadly, Mary’s husband had booked passage on the ill-fated Titanic and he perished with over 1,500 others when the ship hit an iceberg in 1912. Mary went back to the Hotel Chelsea and hung herself in her room.

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5. Staten Island

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A place in New York with a lower human population, but possibly a higher population of ghouls. The Willowbrook Asylum and The Conference House are now part of the island’s college, but their hauntings persist, according to reports.

There’s also the Moravian Cemetery, home to the Vanderbilt Tomb. The Vanderbilt family were once the richest family in America and the crypt is said to be haunted by an unknown woman and the specter of a man in gray who could be the great Cornelius Vanderbilt himself.

There is also Richmond Road in Graniteville where another man in gray appears in trees to the side of the road. The route is where Polly Bodine allegedly murdered Emeline Van Pelt and her 18-month-old child in 1843.

6. The Dakota Apartments, Upper West Side

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An imposing building that once stood alone in an empty area of Manhattan after it was built in the 1880s. The Dakota is the site of John Lennon’s assassination in 1980. Lennon was shot outside the building four times by Mark David Chapman. The killer remained at the site reading J.D Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” until he was arrested.

There are numerous reports of Lennon’s ghost but most markedly that of Yoko Ono who lived at the Dakota for 20 years after his death. She says she saw Lennon sat at his piano where he turned and said “don’t be afraid. I am still with you,” before disappearing.

Lennon himself had claimed a number of spooky sightings at the Dakota, including a spirit he called “The Crying Lady.” This specter is said to be the ghost of Elise Vesley who managed the Dakota from the 1930s to the 1950s and who believed she had psychokinetic powers. Vesley’s son was hit and killed by a truck, also right outside the Dakota.

These are just two of the ghosts of the Dakota, there are many other reports of spirits there, including a young girl and short man with a wig who could be Dakota’s builder, Edward Cabot Clark.

7. The Manhattan Well, Soho

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No list of New York City’s most haunted locations is complete without a mention of the Manhattan Well. This well has been a location of tragedy, controversy, and paranormal activity since 1800. It now sits within Soho’s COS store and is a feature of the retailer’s location.

Yet two centuries ago Elma Sands was allegedly killed by her lover Levi Weeks in the Manhattan well. The trial of Weeks became one of America’s most sensational and has led to hundreds of theories about the incident. Both visitors and historians report having heard the ghost of Elma Sands screaming in the well, and she is also said to wander the streets of Soho.

8. Merchant’s House Museum, Greenwich Village

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Dubbed “Manhattan’s most haunted house,” the Merchant’s House Museum was home to the Tredwell family for 100 years. It is believed that Gertrude Tredwell, born in the house in 1840 and who died there in 1933, at aged 93, still walks its rooms. Gertrude never married and never left.

The paranormal activity started soon after she died and the house became a museum in the late 1930s. Unexplained phenomena have been reported by museum staff, visitors, neighbors, and even passers-by and include sounds, sightings, and smells. The previous home’s ghost stories are collated into a booklet titled, “Some say they never left.”

Merchant’s house is New York City’s only completely preserved 19 th century home. It’s near-perfect preservation and it allows visitors to step back in time entirely. As a museum, it contains many of the Tredwell family’s possessions, and now potentially the spirit of Gertrude. Visitors report a lady in a brown dress moving around the house and even interacting with them.

9. The Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn

An image of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

The bridge opened in 1883 and its fantastic construction, like many such bridges, is intertwined with tragedy. The Brooklyn Bridge reportedly has both the ghosts of some of the workers who built it as well as the spirits of those who have committed suicide from its heights.

In 1875, during the bridge’s construction, a cable snapped creating what some describe as a “steel whip,” which sliced an unsuspecting worker’s head clean off. Tour guides report hearing footsteps and seeing a man whose face is shadowed, closer inspection shows the man is not a man but a spirit and he’s headless.  The man was not the only worker to die during the bridge’s construction, a total of 27 died in accidents.

The bridge’s designer John Roebling, died of a tetanus infection while the bridge was being built, his son took over but fell ill to decompression sickness, becoming invalid.

A few days after Brooklyn Bridge was opened, a traffic jam led to a stampede and 12 people were trampled to death.

Many report screams and unexplained splashes below whilst on the bridge. And, since the 1950s a beautiful blonde in a white dress often appears ready to jump, panicking watchers before and after they realize she’s not completely there at all.

10. The Empire State Building, Midtown

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McHale’s ghost has been seen by Empire State Building visitors, she left her fiancé in New York and a note that said she wouldn’t make a good wife. Her spirit might sometimes be confused with another a red lipstick wearing, the 1940s attired beauty, who talks about the death of her fiancé during the war in Germany, before throwing herself over the barrier.

The Empire State Building has also seen shootings and plane crashed into its highest floors in 1945 and killed 13.

11. Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Ellis Island

An image of Ellis Island Hospital, NYC

Not only one of New York City’s most haunted places, but the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is also said to be one of America’s most haunted locations. Between 1892 and 1924 over 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, over 3,500 died including many children.

On arrival at Ellis Island, one out of five immigrants were marked with chalk to indicate they were sick and were sent to Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Many never recovered, between 1909 and 1911, 420 died, most (85%) of these were children under the age of 13 who died without their parents, in quarantine. The parents likely never knew where their children were buried.

Many National Park Service employees report strange experiences at Ellis Island. From doors opening and closing, furniture moving, to children’s voices and crying, the reports are extensive.

The hospital, for obvious reasons, is the most haunted place on Ellis Island. It was closed and derelict for 60 years before opening up to hard hat tours. One visitor says they were being possessed by a spirit that made them say “get out, get out,” over and over, leaving them weak after the experience. One of the photos from that tour, when studied, reveals a gaunt man with sunken eyes and protruding cheekbones who couldn’t possibly have been there.

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The 13 Most Haunted Buildings in New York City

New York has been called the most haunted city in the world, and with good reason. Every single street is steeped in history, and in the four-hundred-plus years of cycles of expansion, construction, destruction, and rejuvenation, you're bound to hear more than a few legends and tales of the otherwordly. So, in the spirit of Halloween, we're proud to present this map of the most haunted buildings in town, from the southernmost tip of Staten Island , all the way up to the hills of Washington Heights . We've got ethereal authors, pesky poltergeists, creepy colonials, phantom flappers, and even a mysterious mayor or two. And hey, if a skeptic you remain, a lot of these locales are open to the public, so by all means, check them out yourself if you think you ain't afraid of no ghost. You might just learn something too!

Special thanks to The Bowery Boys and Forgotten NY .

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The Morris-Jumel Mansion

One of the oldest houses in Manhattan, this stately Georgian mansion in Washington Heights was built by Roger Morris—a colonel in the British army—in 1765. It served as military headquarters for both sides of the Revolution, with George Washington retreating here after the disastrous loss of the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776. In 1810, the house was bought by Stephen Jumel and his wife Eliza, and after his suspicious death, she remarried in 1832 to a haunted figure in his own right: Aaron Burr, the former Vice President and killer of Alexander Hamilton. Since at least the 1960s, rumors of the supernatural have persisted, when a group of rowdy schoolchildren allegedly saw the ghostly visage of Eliza Jumel, who told them to quiet down before gliding away. Other sightings include a talking grandfather clock and a Hessian soldier who’s been known to emerge from paintings on the wall, Hogwarts-style.

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The exterior of the Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City. The facade is white with columns and a wraparound porch and staircase.

The Dakota is renowned for its featured role in Roman Polanski’s 1968 horror classic Rosemary’s Baby and as the site of John Lennon’s assassination, but the legendary Central Park West building has a long history of supernatural encounters in its own right. Over the years, workers and residents have reported seeing a friendly little girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing, an adult with the face of a small boy, and even the ghost of Lennon himself.

The exterior of the Dakota in New York City. The building is tall and ornately designed with multiple windows and turrets. There is an intersection in front with cars, yellow taxi cabs, and pedestrians.

57 West 57th Street

In 1922, Albert Champion, a former cyclist and inventor of the spark plug, married showgirl Edna Crawford. The May-September romance quickly soured when Edna took the younger, dashing Frenchman Charles Brazelle as a lover. In 1927, Brazelle allegedly murdered Champion in a Paris hotel, but Edna and Brazelle convinced authorities he died of a “weak heart” and were set to inherit his fortune, with which she and Brazelle bought the penthouse at 57 West 57th Street. Brazelle was jealous, keeping Edna a prisoner of the penthouse and eventually beating her to death with a telephone, after which her bodyguards threw him out the window. The penthouse lay vacant for years, but subsequent owner Carlton Alsop claimed to hear Edna’s clicking high heels and the couple’s violent arguments, and his guests often reported seeing horrific, unexplainable sights. His wife left him, his dogs had nervous breakdowns, and things got so bad for Alsop that he eventually had himself committed, before abandoning the penthouse forever.

The Campbell Apartment

A few years ago, our friends at Eater reported on the supposed haunting of The Campbell Apartment—the lavishly appointed cocktail lounge in Grand Central Terminal, which was once the office and salon of financier John W. Campbell, who died in 1957. According to owner Mark Grossich, employees have felt strange presences, including something pushing them from behind and bursts of cold air, and some have even reported seeing “an old, fashionably dressed couple sitting and having a cocktail on the balcony when the place was completely closed.”

The interior of the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The room has high ceilings with an inlaid design, floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace, bar, tables, chairs, and booths.

The House of Death

This beautiful townhouse on quiet West 10th has been called the most haunted building in New York, with as many as twenty-two ghosts calling it home, earning 14 West 10th Street the sobriquet “The House of Death.” Mark Twain lived here from 1900 to 1901 and claimed that he himself had experienced supernatural incidents. Throughout the twentieth century, 14 West 10th was the site of several gruesome incidents, including a murder-suicide and the beating death of six-year-old Lisa Steinberg at the hands of her adopted father, prominent attorney Joel Steinberg, in 1987. The specter of Twain himself—white suit and all—has been seen ascending the staircase.

The Mark Twain House also known as the House of Death in New York City. The facade is red brick with brown window molding.

12 Gay Street

Located right around the corner from bustling Sixth Avenue, Gay Street is arguably one of the most picturesque blocks in New York, and the quaint brick townhouse at number 12 is no exception. The building served as a speakeasy called The Pirate’s Den during Prohibition and was purchased by the corrupt (yet wildly popular) Mayor Jimmy Walker as a home for his mistress, Ziegfeld girl Betty Compton. Neighbors insist that ghostly flappers and the Gay Street Phantom—a dapper gent in a cloak and top hat—still lurk around late at night, and if that’s not creepy enough, the property was later bought by Frank Paris, the creator of notorious hell-puppet Howdy Doody.

Gay Street in New York City. There are various assorted colorful buildings lining the street.

St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

St. Mark’s Chruch in-the-Bowery is the second-oldest church in Manhattan, splitting from Trinity Church in 1799. Built on Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant’s family farm, legend has it that the cantankerous, peg-legged Dutchman still haunts the area. He’s been known to harass clergymen and parishioners, ring the bells, and loudly interrupt services by stomping around and singing Calvinist hymns in Dutch. Apparently, English Episcopal hymns simply don’t agree with him.

The exterior of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in New York City. The facade is brown brick with a clock tower. There are trees surrounding the building.

The Merchant's House

While some haunted houses might attempt to shed their notorious reputations, the East Village Merchant’s House Museum all but relishes it. Built in 1832 and later bought by wealthy merchant Seabury Tredwell, the museum is an immaculate look into the personal domestic lives of the nineteenth-century cultural elite, but the ghost of Tredwell’s daughter, Gertrude—a lonely, sheltered spinster whose life was supposedly the basis of Henry James’ Washington Square Park —still haunts the place.

The exterior of the Merchant’s House in New York City. The facade is red brick with an ivory door that has an arched door frame.

The Manhattan Well

In the winter of 1800, the body of a young woman named Gulielma Sands was found at the bottom of the Manhattan Well at what is now 129 Spring Street. The ensuing trial was one of the great scandals of nineteenth century New York, with Levi Weeks (brother of influential builder Ezra Weeks)accused of her murder after he reportedly impregnated and promised to marry her. Weeks retained the city’s top attorneys (including Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton) and was acquitted, despite growing public outrage. In 1817, the Manhattan Well was filled in and built over, but it was rediscovered in 1980 and has since become a notorious destination for paranormal enthusiasts claiming that the ghost of Gulielma Sands still haunts the area.

85 West 3rd Street

Now part of NYU’s Furman Hall, 85 West 3rd Street was once occupied by Edgar Allen Poe for eight months in 1844 and 1845, where he wrote his classic story “The Cask of Amontillado" and at least part of “The Raven.” Nowadays, the only part of the original residence that remains is the banister and Poe’s ghost has been seen climbing it by spooked law students.

The exterior of 85 West 3rd Street in New York City, also known as the Poe House. The facade is red brick with multiple windows and a terraced level.

84 West 3rd Street

Right across the street from 85 West 3rd is another haunted building—a disused fire station converted into a private residence (and home to Anderson Cooper! ). The building is apparently haunted by the ghost of “Firefighter Schwartz,” who hanged himself from the rafters after learning of his wife’s infidelity in 1930. Over the years, firefighters have reported strange noises coming from the attic, and have even seen his hanging corpse.

The exterior of 85 West 3rd Street in New York City. The facade is red brick and the building was once a fire station and retains that look.

The Lefferts-Laidlaw House

In Wallabout, an 1840 Greek Revival home a stone’s throw away from the Brooklyn Navy Yard may hold a sinister secret. One December evening in 1878, resident Edward F. Smith reported hearing a knock at his door, but when he went to answer, there was no one to be found. Of course, the knocking persisted, while the backdoors and windows were violently rattled and banged. The unseen tormentor continued harassing Smith until he called the police. While the cops staked out the area, someone (or something) hurled a brick through the dining room window . . . despite the fact that multiple officers were standing right outside. The New York Times later reported on the incidents, and 136 Clinton Avenue became something of a hotspot for curious ghost hunters and spiritualists, who held séances on the sidewalk. This prompted Smith to boldly proclaim, “They won’t get in here . . . We consider ourselves perfectly able to take care of any ghost that comes along.”

The exterior of the Lefferts-Laidlaw House in Brooklyn. The facade is white with columns. There are trees and shrubbery surrounding the house.

The Conference House

Located at the southernmost tip of Staten Island, this colonial manor was used by loyalist Colonel Christopher Billop as a way station for British forces during the Revolutionary War. It also hosted the unsuccessful Staten Island Peace Conference on September 11, 1776, with Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge in attendance. In 1779, Billop suspected a fifteen-year-old serving girl of spying for the rebels and allegedly killed her by throwing her down a flight of stairs, and supposedly her ghost can still be heard screaming today. As a side note, the area was also used as a Lenape Indian burial ground thousands of years before European contact, so take from that what you will.

The exterior of the Conference House on Staten Island in New York City. The facade is stone with multiple windows that have white shutters.

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For fifteen years now,  The Bowery Boys: New York City History  podcast has featured a special Halloween show focusing on some of New York City’s scariest tales. You can find our back catalog of ghost story podcasts  here . 

Here’s a little tribute to some of our favorite haunted homes — which also just happen to be fascinating historic sites. (After all, isn’t that what we’re here for?)

NOTE: This article is an extensively updated version of a piece I wrote for Huffington Post back in 2012.

New York is a city of eight million stories, and many of them are about ghosts.

You can’t stroll down a sidewalk in New York without tripping over an old ghost story, whether it be the restless spirit of  Peter Stuyvesant  over at  St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery , Gilded Age-era spirits roaming the halls of the  Dakota Apartments  or even the apparitions of suicide victims at the  Empire State Building .

If you are attuned to such things, our parks are haunted , our bars and restaurants, our churches and theaters. Some even claim the  Brooklyn Bridge  is haunted, although I pity that mournful apparition on a crowded Saturday afternoon. 

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Old places generally accumulate their share of ghost tales, and New York is certainly old indeed — over 400 years old. But that’s not the only reason the Big Apple is so frightfully haunted. 

The city’s first great writer,  Washington Irving , both popularized and satirized urban legends, spinning his most famous yarn  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  out of the misty superstitions of Westchester County. 

With the dawning of second Great Awakening — centered in western New York state — the American religious experience became deeply personalized, revising views on the afterlife.

New Yorkers of the late 19th century became entranced by the tools of spiritualism — mediums, magicians, séances, even Ouija boards.

Other realms became accessible, and it seemed believable for some that those who had died might have left unfinished business behind. 

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The preservation of old historic structures — on streets named for the long-dead — has given certain areas of New York a sense of being trapped in time, ample setting for a spooky story about the people who once inhabited these places. 

Many parks were once cemeteries. Yes, below that bench you’re sitting on? Very often a grave.

Washington Square Park may still have many thousands of bodies potentially buried underneath it. In knowing the history of a place, our minds sometimes draw artificial conclusions. If the bodies are there, could their spirits still be hanging around?

But mostly, ghost stories are generally good for business. When has saying some famous landmark was haunted ever driven anybody away from it? In the end, we all fashion ourselves ghost hunters.

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Even though New York City has very few free-standing spooky mansions in the traditional horror-movie vein, the city nevertheless possesses a disturbing variety of haunted private residences.

Here are a few of our favorite haunted houses — haunted, that is, according to legend. We’ve limited this list to free-standing homes and townhouses, not apartment towers — many still standing and many still used as private homes and businesses.

If you ever get a chance to stay in any of these places overnight, my advice would be — don’t.

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The Bell Ringer 136 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn

In  Clinton Hill,  a plantation-style house built in the early years of the  Brooklyn Navy Yard  has survived hundreds of unusual tenants over the years, but certainly the scariest days in this historic home occurred in 1878 with a relentless, invisible hand that would not stop knocking.

Featured in the new podcast Gotham’s Greatest Ghost Stories

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The ‘House of Death’ 14 West 10th Street, Manhattan

This simple brownstone is often considered the MOST haunted place in Manhattan, as a variety of spirits have appeared in the building’s stairwells, including that of a former inhabitant — Mark Twain !

Featured in the podcast  Spooky Stories of New York

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The Ghost In The Attic 226 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Near  Madison Square Park , an eccentric writer posts a classified ad, hoping to rent out an attic room to a prospective subletter. Unfortunately the room already an occupant — a greenish ghost with a troubling Civil War history.

Featured in the podcast Haunted Houses of Old New York

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The Phantom of Gay Street 12 Gay Street, Manhattan

This charming home on quiet, curvy Gay Street in the West Village was a former speakeasy and the home to Mayor Jimmy Walker ‘s mistress. The creator of  Howdy Doody  even lived here. But many believe the party never truly stopped, as ghostly revelers have been seen and heard, including a spirit in an opera cloak affectionately known as ‘the Gay Street phantom’. 

For more information listen to the podcast  Haunted Tales of New York

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James Brown House 326 Spring St, Manhattan 

This former home of a Revolutionary War veteran is most famous for the taverns that have occupied its ground floor, including today’s jovial Ear Inn . But several decades ago, a sailor named Mickey was killed in an accident in front of the building, and many believe his mischievous spirit still harasses patrons to this day.

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The Possessed Townhouse 1 East 62nd Street

On the  Upper East Side , a lavish penthouse ballroom may be permanently vexed with the ghost of a testy spirit named Mrs. Spencer. Can legendary funny lady Joan Rivers and a Vodou priestess manage to keep the ghoul under control?

For more information: the podcast Haunted Houses of Old New York 

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Morris-Jumel Mansion 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan

This lovely home, open to visitors, also has Revolutionary War connections – George Washington even slept here — but it’s the ghost of the scary old lady Eliza Jumel that frightens children today with her occasional appearance.

For more information: our very first ghost story podcast  Ghost Stories of New York

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The Haunted Hollywood Star  428 West 44th Street, Manhattan 

The glamorous TV and film star June Havoc kept a gorgeous home in Hell’s Kitchen that was unfortunately haunted by a very tormented ghost named Lucy — a ghost that needed to feed.

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The Merchant’s House 29 E. 4th Street, Manhattan

Poor Gertrude Tredwell . A long-time resident of the neighborhood now called NoHo, she lived her entire life here and may still haunt this museum which exhibits many of her original possessions. Trust me, she doesn’t like it when you rearrange things. 

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The Revolutionary Spirit Van Cortlandt House, The Bronx

Van Cortlandt Park has several haunted legends accorded to it. And inside the Colonial-era Van Cortlandt House , whispers abound of a forlorn servant girl, still looking for her master’s silver. 

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Kreischer Mansion 4500 Arthur Kill Road, Charleston, Staten Island

The Kreischer Mansion was once mirrored by a twin house that stood next door, both constructed by a brick manufacturer for his sons. One burned down several decades later, but the remaining manor is notorious for its many ghostly apparitions. A bloody, mob-related murder in the past decade further lends to the house’s devilish reputation.

For more information: the podcast  Haunted Histories of New York

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Conference House 7455 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island

The  Conference House in Staten Island   played an interesting role in the Revolutionary War, and some residents from that period may still wander its ancient hallways.

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  • Ages: 14+; children under 14 permitted with a parent or guardian
  • Dates: September 30 to November 5

Ready to be spooked? There’s no better place to start than Blood Manor, by far one of the scariest spots on this list. With both classic favorites and all-new spine-chilling features, like the Crypt, Maggot Invasion, Hannibal’s Hell, Killer Clowns and more, owner Jim Lorenzo says that Blood Manor is “a theatrical quality production, with trained actors, set designers, and make-up artists—the difference is that the audience walks right onto the stage and into the performance.” For the extra courageous guests, stop by for one of the Lights Out Nights on November 4th or 5th where each group travels through the house with minimal lighting and only one glow stick. Halloween aficionados may already know that the location is believed by many to be actually haunted , and this is the first year they’re incorporating their own historic battlefield into the show.

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2. The Horseman’s Night of the Shadows

  • Location: Ulster Park, NY
  • Ages: 13+; 1+ for children’s days
  • Dates: September 30 to October 30; children’s days are October 8 & 22

Located just up the Hudson River in Ulster County, Headless Horseman’s Haunted Attractions were named the No. 1 Haunted Attraction in America by USA Today —and they deserve it. Celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, the new theme highlights the shadows of those who have walked through Crow Hollow Cemetery before, and, of course, the undead have been summoned to spook those who dare enter. But that’s not all! Once you make it through the cemetery, you can traverse through nine other equally gorey attractions: the Lunar Motel, the Nightshade Greenhouse, Glutton’s Diner and Slaughterhouse, Mama Rose’s Swamp Shack, Evil Reaping: Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Side Show, the Horseman’s Tomb, The Feeding: Blood Thirsty, and Two Ravens Manor.

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3. House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée

  • Location: Financial District
  • Dates: October 1 to 31

Now this is how adults trick-or-treat. At House of Spirits, guests are treated to an immersive, theatrical cocktail party located in a 40,000-square-foot haunted mansion in Downtown Manhattan, known as Volkov Manor. Guests will spend two hours freely roaming the house, finding spooky magic in every nook, from tarot readings to secret games to a disturbed hypnotist-psychiatrist, all while sipping on craft cocktails inspired by different rooms in the house. There are three ticket tiers: Standard ($70, comes with four mini cocktails); Plus ($75, comes with five mini cocktails); and brand new this year, Premier ($90, comes with five mini cocktails, French chocolate truffles, expedited check-in and first entry). And don’t forget to dress up, be it in costume, cocktail attire, or your favorite time-period clothing!

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4. Nightmare: Gothic

  • Location: Lower East Side
  • Ages: 12+; if 16 or under, a parent or guardian is required
  • Dates: October 17 to 31

NYC’s longest-running haunted house is back in the Lower East Side and is better than ever. The story follows a rural town where a young boy has gone missing—and it’s every visitor’s task to help find out what happened to him. With a focus on intimacy and ambience over crowds and spectacle, every guest receives a headset with audio triggered based on your location in the space and story. Worried it’s too tame? Trust us—the space is filled with gore, eerie characters, intense emotional storytelling, shocking twists, and plenty of horror. Save $5 by purchasing tickets online in advance.

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5. Brighton Asylum

  • Location: Passaic, NJ
  • Dates: October 1 to November 5

Named “The Scariest Place on Earth” by The Today Show , you know you’re in for a spooky time with this New Jersey attraction. The actual Brighton Asylum shut down in 1952 due to intolerable living conditions and countless staff and patient disappearances—and now, the cursed grounds are open once again. With three award-winning haunted houses, live entertainment, immersive escape rooms, larger-than-life photo experiences (and even snacks!), it’s worth the trip to this series of old, decrepit warehouses that once housed the mentally unstable, psychologically damaged and extremely violent. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Make sure to plan your trip soon, as it’s known to sell out every night!

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6. Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park

  • Location: Fulton, NY
  • Ages: Not recommended for kids; children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dates: September 30 to October 29

Nestled in the backwoods of Central New York, Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park offers a premiere, immersive Halloween experience perfect for the horror-obsessed. With four award-winning attractions—the Haunted Estate, Twisted Labyrinth, Condemned Mine Trail, and Frightmare Forest Hayride—plus two brand new adrenaline rooms, visitors only pay for the attractions they want to see, and there’s sure to be something for everyone looking for a fright. With intensely detailed sets and scarily creepy professional actors, nightmares are basically guaranteed!

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7. A Haunting in Hollis

  • Location: Hollis, Queens

Navigate through the dark with flashlights and laser guns as zombies, demons and ghouls lurk in the shadows and lunge at you at every wrong turn at this Queens haunted house. With over 250 walls creating an 80-foot double maze filled with deadends, the brave souls who make it past the first one will traverse through an intense five-story haunted house from the basement to the attic while being chased by the living dead—in the dark. The only way out? Satan’s Slope: a new 20-foot slide that drops into yet another dark, eerie maze. Boasting 13 rooms, 20 live actors and two outdoor mazes, the frights at A Haunting in Hollis are as real as they get. But don’t worry, there’s a safe word (“peanut butter”) if you really need it! Footage of your ride down Satan’s Slope is available for purchase.

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8. Darkness Rising

  • Location: Copiague, NY
  • Ages: All ages
  • Dates: September 30 to October 31

This Long Island haunted house features two extremely sinister attractions: The Haunting of Black Gulch, an old, ghost-ridden western town; and Gentec Laboratories, a genetic experiment gone wrong (hint: you’ll have to make it past a few violent psychopaths). For $35, you can get into both attractions, and for $50, you get to skip the line—plus, this year there’s a snack bar, a café, reserved ticketing, photo ops, and even a gift shop. What’s more? A portion of the proceeds go to the YES Community Counseling Center , which focuses on personal and community issues, preventing and treating substance abuse, and promoting healthy families and a safe community. Get scared for a good cause!

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9. Madhouse on Mulberry

  • Location: Little Italy
  • Ages: All ages, but 21+ to enter the bar; kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dates: October 1 to November 6

Known as Manhattan’s only proper boozy haunted house, this Madhouse is exactly that: mad! Enter an elaborate 5,000-square-foot labyrinth of spooky rooms ripped out of your worst nightmares that’s said to be an actual abandoned asylum that housed patients over 200 years ago. Scared yet? Walk (or run) through the phobia area, the butcher’s area, the doll area, the demon area, and finally, the bar area for a little liquid courage to finish off the night. Enjoy a well-deserved cocktail, beer, or other alcoholic beverage—or opt for the V.I.P. package that offers adults an additional welcome beverage upon arrival.

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10. Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo & Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching

  • Location: The Bronx
  • Ages: Boo at the Zoo is all ages; Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching is 13+
  • Dates: Boo at the Zoo is October 1 to 30; Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching is October 7 to 29

While neither event is technically a haunted house, these are great picks for families. Boo at the Zoo is back again for another year with professional pumpkin carving demonstrations, magic and mind-reading shows, trick-or-treating, a spooky extinct animal graveyard, costumed stilt-walkers, and plenty of live animals up-close and personal. And for the first time ever, the Bronx Zoo has introduced an after-dark haunted experience, Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching. This walk-through event transforms the fan favorite Dinosaur Safari into a spooky nighttime extravaganza centered around a rare dinosaur egg that’s finally ready to hatch, sending guests on an adventure that brings them up close with prehistoric creatures in a whole new way. Note that Dinosaurs in Darkness is ticketed separately from the zoo’s admission.

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The Creepy History Of New York's Most Haunted House

The so-called 'House of Death' has a grizzly history that more than justifies its title.

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Famous residents of the house of death, attempts to put an end to the haunting, the house of death claims more victims.

Haunted houses hold a special place in the collective unconscious. For whatever reason, there have always been certain places, certain hubs, where people since the dawn of time have reported odd and often hair-raising incidents. There is something about static places where the flow of time is rendered stagnant, and where particular memories repeat and again -- Memories of incidents that were so intense, so shocking, and so traumatic, that the associated emotions were imprinted onto the very fabric of space, trapped in looping vortexes and limbos where the relief of temporal change cannot reach. What if such a place existed, in perfect obscurity, in the middle of a bustling city ? If visitors are interested in peeking through the great veil that separates the material world from something other, they can do it at New York's very own 'House of Death'.

  • Landmark : 'House of Death'
  • Address : 14 West 10th Street, New York, NY, 10011, USA
  • Known for : Horrors beyond scientific comprehension
  • Accessibility : Not open to the public

14 W10th St, right opposite Washington Square Park , is a designated historical landmark. It was constructed in the 1850s during the Civil War when the country was marred by violence and division. Since then, the house has claimed the lives of no less than 22 people. Among the residents of house number 14 was one of the most prolific American authors of all time, Samuel Clemens, who is more popularly known by his pen name, Mark Twain.

Though Mark Twain did not officially die in the house, his spirit is said to have returned. In the 1930s, a public meltdown was had when a mother and daughter, who lived in the home and had no reason to be doubted, claimed that they saw the ghost of Twain on the first floor near the staircase. He was apparently wearing a white suit and very forthrightly told them that he had unfinished business to attend to in the house.

The story was widely entertained due to its specific details, and while a lone witness may be accused of hallucination, it can hardly be a coincidence that two people should see and hear the exact same thing. As far as shared reality accounts for truth, it is difficult to undermine the sober testimonies of hundreds of residents over more than a hundred years.

Related: Is Buffalo One Of The Most Haunted Cities In Upstate NY? The House of Death was called home by more prominent residents as time went on. Among them was the family of James Boorman Johnson, who is credited as the founder of the Metropolitan Underground Railroad. Grounded in sensible materialism, the family would not offend their reputation by publicly crying about ghosts, but are rumored to have confided in family and friends' stories that could not be explained. It is perhaps why most families did not stay very long, fearing that which they could not explain.

During the Great Depression, in order to remain a valuable investment in the face of inflation, the house was refashioned into an apartment building comprised of ten apartments. Perhaps, the owners thought, that a single-family home that was as large as ten apartments would naturally create anxieties as residents would project their guilt and fear onto the empty spaces. It's also conceivable that as an apartment building, the residents would tend to be less prominent, which would insulate the stories of haunting from spreading and affecting the real estate valuation.

Unfortunately, the hauntings did not stop, and yet more famous residents would occupy the sinister building. In 1957, the actress Jan Bryant Bartell and her husband moved in on the top floor. Bartell publicly reported that she felt "a monstrous moving shadow that loomed up behind her," as soon as she entered her new abode. Later she wrote in her memoir that on several occasions while living in Number 14 Washington Square Park, she was seemingly targeted by spirits. Whether it was to get her attention for desperate reasons or to frighten her and feed off her terror it was not obvious, but at the darkest hours, the rotten odor that emanated from the walls and the brushes against the back of her neck were unmistakable. She hired a paranormal investigator who sensed the presence of many spirits, accurately reflecting the very real stories of loss that had historically occurred in the house. After an unsuccessful exorcism, Bartell and her husband left before their lease expired.

Related: America's Most Haunted Hotel Is In Arkansas: Is It Worth The Hype?

Not long after, in 1987, a harrowing slaying took place, and the accused may very well have been possessed by a malevolent spirit that was condemned to repeat its evil as some form of perverted repentance and confession. The details of many of these hauntings are simply too vulgar to repeat on a website of high esteem, so they will remain unsaid in this article, but readers may learn more at this linked website .

For over a century, transient residents have reported strange phenomena in this Greenwich Village brownstone. Desperate wails in the middle of the night, inexplicable footsteps at the quietest hours, odd gurgling noises when there should be none, and strangest of all, pale apparitions that disappear as fast as they appear. Back in the day, when the media made a pretty sum sensationalizing stories from famous individuals claiming to have seen ghosts, It was the sort of house that neighborhood parents would gravely advise their children to steer clear of.

Today, the 'House of Death' lies in relative obscurity, reflecting the gradual secularization of the minds of modern New Yorkers. Alas, as history has shown over and over, no amount of denial or rationalization can put an end to true horror.

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10 Must-See New York Haunted Houses in 2023

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If you love Halloween haunted house attractions , then you’ve come to the right place! We currently have 77 spooky haunts listed in New York including twisted trails , haunted hayrides , home haunts , corn mazes , and more!

Here’s a list of some of the most popular haunted houses on our website that you don’t want to miss this season!

10. Hallows End – Staten Island, NY

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Hallows End will take over “Staten Island Ferry Hawk’s City” in September and October, starting September 30th. This year, they offer three terrifying attractions: Witches Coven, Total Darkness, and Freak Show.

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9. Pure Terror Scream Park – Monroe, NY

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Pure Terror Scream Park has been the Guinness World Record’s longest horror attraction since 2015. For 2023, the park will unveil three all-new attractions: Jungle Rot, Pumpkin Alley, and the Monster Midway. The screaming begins September 23rd.

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8. Slaughterland Screampark – Binghamton, NY

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Slaughterland Screampark opens September 29th to unveil its 5th and most terrifying attraction! Will you survive… The Bloodshed? With a street number of 666, you’re sure to get your scare on here!

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7. Terror Field – Clyde, NY

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Terror Field is a highly energetic, high-intensity, in-your-face haunt experience. Mature audience advised. This is a hands-on show – you will be touched!

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6. Blood Manor Haunted Attraction – New York, NY

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Blood Manor is celebrating their 20th season in 2023! NYC’s premier haunted house will open its doors on September 29th.

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5. Frightmare Farms – Fulton, NY

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Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park is a theatrically detailed haunted attraction that creates a true sense of fear in central New York’s backwoods.

To read more about the experience, check out Team Skelegore ‘s 2022 review HERE .

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4. Grimsley’s Gorge – Phoenix, NY

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Grimsley’s Gorge is a free home haunted house attraction. One can hear screams coming from the area on dark and windless nights. Are you brave enough to face Dr. Grimsley? Be careful; if you become his next medical malpractice victim, the sounds of screaming locals hear will be your own!

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3. Cayo Industrial Horror Realm – Rome, NY

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Cayo Industrial Warehouse of Horror is a walkthrough-style horror attraction within an industrial warehouse. Beginning September 30th, “the world shifts into a new era. Human hands cast the horizon of a new reality. The sun soon sets over clouds created by man.”

To read more about this haunting experience, check out Team Skelegore ‘s 2022 review HERE .

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2. Crooked Descent – Herkimer, NY

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Crooked Descent is a unique, immersive indoor haunted house attraction. This haunt is said to push the creative boundaries of the traditional haunted house.

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1. Frightworld America’s Screampark – Buffalo, NY

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Frightworld features multiple award-winning haunted houses at this indoor scream park!

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For a full list of all scary attractions in New York, please visit our New York Haunted House Directory

Now get out there and STAY SCARY!

Note from the editors: This list is not a top haunts list. We are not saying these are the best or scariest haunts in the state or the only ones you should visit. It would be best if you considered these when making your Halloween season plans, as they are some of the most popular amongst our reviewers and our site visitors.

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The Most Haunted Places in New York

The state of New York has some truly sinister spots to explore. Check out our votes for the most haunted places in New York!

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New York is a bucket list travel destination for city lovers all over the world, mostly due to the famous metropolis of the same name. After all, New York City is a bustling hub of finance, fashion, entertainment, and food with something to entertain every type of traveler. That includes dark tourists! As glamorous as Manhattan is, the haunted places in New York State definitely have a different aura. If you’re looking to explore the dark side of the Empire State, we’ve collected all the best ghost tours, haunted houses, and burial grounds for you. Let’s roam!

Exploring the Ghoulish Side of Greenwich Village With Let’s Roam

From creepy Cherry Lane Theatre to the ominously named House of Death, Greenwich Village is filled with ghostly sightings! On this paranormal-themed scavenger hunt , we’ll explore the village as we look for specters and learn the gruesome history of some of the haunted places in New York. You’ll answer tough trivia and complete fun photo and video challenges, earning points to top our city leaderboard. Once you download the app and get your tickets, you can complete the hunt at any time. We suggest after dark!

1. The House of Death—Greenwich Village, NYC

The address of 14 West 10th Street is home to a Revivalist Greek Brownstone in one of the most charming neighborhoods in NYC. It’s a perfectly normal-looking red-brick apartment building, but it has a seriously destructive history. The home is said to be haunted by at least 22 ghosts, including Mark Twain. The famous writer didn’t die in the house, but over 20 other people did, and some of them were not natural deaths.

Perhaps Mark decided to haunt the home because he knew he wouldn’t be alone. From 1900 to 1901, Twain lived in the house, and he reported several strange paranormal incidents during his stay. Aside from Twain roaming the halls, visitors claim to see Lisa Steinberg. The six-year-old girl was brutally murdered by her adopted father in 1987.

The staircase is the most haunted part of the house. Lisa often runs up and down it. Twain is seen trudging up them, and many guests have reported the sound of marching all throughout the house. The home was also inhabited by a psychic medium who wrote a book called Spindrift detailing her horrifying experiences on the property. Check out the House of Death on our “ Greenwich Ghost Hunt !”

2. Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery—Frewsburg

Cemeteries, in general, have a creepy ambiance. However, some of these resting places seem to have an abundance of above-ground residents. With its remote location down a rarely used dirt road, toppled 19th-century gravestones, and lore of a gruesome murder, Gurnsey Hollow Cemetery is steeped in frightful rumors.

There are many children buried in the cemetery, but the most famous is a young mentally disabled seven-year-old. The unfortunate citizen of early Frewsburg was chased into the cemetery by a mob of townspeople for unknown reasons. She was stoned on the grounds and then buried there. Visitors to the cemetery sometimes see the girl and a lady in white who is said to protect her. The cemetery is often used by teens for spooky Friday night gatherings and has been abused with graffiti. Gravestones have also been tipped over. Local legend states that the spirits here are angry about the treatment and are often menacing to night-time visitors.

3. White Horse Tavern—Greenwich Village

Also located in lovely Greenwich Village, NYC, White Horse Tavern has stood its ground since 1880. The tavern is famous as the favored drinking ground of Dylan Thomas. Thomas (author of “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”) was a Welsh poet and writer with a taste for whiskey.

One night in 1953, Thomas outdrank everyone else in the bar, so he decided to compete against himself. After shooting 18 whiskeys, Thomas reportedly passed out. He was moved to the Hotel Chelsea, but he did not recover. Friends admitted him to St. Vincent’s Hospital, but it was too late. The poet had been taken to the afterlife by his favorite golden liquor.

Today, visitors often claim to see Dylan Thomas at his corner table. He doesn’t mind manning the bar either if the keeper is too slow in pouring his shots. He might even pour you one if you ask nicely. While he will serve himself and others, he doesn’t do cleanup. Staff often finds empty whiskey glasses on his table, even when no one has been sitting there.

4. Landmark Theatre—Syracuse

Bringing class and beauty to the Finger Lakes since 1928, the Landmark Theatre opened as Loew’s State Theatre, and it still hosts shows today. It’s a grand space with spectacularly decorated boxes and a stunning stage. However, there are a few shadowy figures lurking behind the curtain.

The most famous is an actress named Clarissa who reportedly fell from the balcony of the theater. She is often seen in the tunnel below the theater, known creepily as “the catacombs,” and guests say she smells of lilacs. The former stagehand, Oscar, is also said to man the lights from time to time when he doesn’t approve of the current staff’s lighting scheme.

The old theater has embraced its haunted lore. They often host ghost hunts and witch balls during the Halloween season.

5. The Amityville House—Long Island

108 Ocean Avenue may look like an unassuming Dutch Colonial, but it’s probably one of the most haunted houses in the world. This is mostly due to the wildly successful book and movie franchises based (very loosely) on the legends from the home.

Whether the movie was embellished or not, the real-life stories emanating from this home are tough enough to swallow. In 1974, the house witnessed its most gruesome event. Ronald DeFeo Jr. claimed he was motivated by voices living in the home to kill his family. Unfortunately, DeFeo listened and killed six members as they slept.

Following the murders, the Lutz family moved into the property. They only made it 28 days in the house. They suffered from ominous dreams, strange smells, and a deep sense of discomfort in the home, or so they said. There was much debate and a plethora of lawsuits between the Lutz family and multiple media organizations who claimed their stories, as told in the books, were untrue. The house is now a private property, and the address has been changed from 112 to 108 to try to curb unwanted tourist visits. Please respect the owners, and don’t photograph their home or family.

6. Morris-Jumel Mansion—Manhattan

To explore Manhattan’s history and ghost hunt at the same time, head for Morris-Jumel Mansion. Standing its ground since 1765, the giant Georgian was built by Robert Morris and was used as a military headquarters for George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The home was then purchased in 1810 by Stephen and Eliza Jumel.

Stephen perished under somewhat suspicious circumstances. While some say he died of pneumonia, others state that he fell from a wagon. The doctor treated his wounds, but Eliza is said to have removed the bandages and allowed him to bleed to death. Others say he fell on a pitchfork or was buried alive. Eliza reportedly tricked her long-time lover into marrying her in the first place (though his status was much greater than hers) by telling him she had a fatal disease.

The couple lived between Paris and New York, and a few years before his death, she is said to have come home to Washington Heights without her husband, using a power of attorney to take hold of his fortune. She married ex-vice president and famous dueler Aaron Burr shortly after her husband died. Unfortunately, Burr reportedly used her fortune to pay off his own debts, and she promptly divorced him.

Eliza later died from Alzheimer’s and is said to haunt the house. She doesn’t like loud talking or rowdy children who visit her home museum. Other guests report sightings of former soldiers, enslaved persons, and even Aaron Burr. Multiple seances and paranormal investigators have reported evidence of poltergeists in the house. Luckily for dark tourists, it’s easy to visit this house on one of their paranormal historical tours .

7. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—Sleepy Hollow

You undoubtedly recognize this name as the home of the spindly schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his nemesis, the Headless Horseman. In Washington Irving’s classic story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , the writer explores a mix of local lore and European folk stories. The area surrounding the Bronx River was important in the Revolutionary War, and a legend of the headless corpse of a Hessian soldier is thought to be at the center of Sleepy Hollow’s famous story.

The cemetery in town is both stunning and creepy. It’s also home to several famous graves, including that of Washington Irving. Many members of the Roosevelt family, Andrew Carnegie, the founder of the Chrysler Corporation, Elizabeth Arden, and several members of the Astor family are buried there. The cemetery offers guided tours of its haunted past, fictional stories, and famous graves.

8. Fort William Henry Museum—Lake George

The original Fort William Henry was a major loss for the British when it was procured by French and Native forces in 1757 during the French and Indian War. The original fort was destroyed, but in 1950, a replica was built near Lake George to commemorate the massacre that occurred there. As many as 1,500 people may have been massacred and scalped in the attack. Others were taken to Canada as hostages.

Visitors to the fort today report seeing multiple shadowy figures. Some of them are quite authoritative, forcing guests to keep moving quickly through the ranks. The museum offers guided haunted history tours to visitors.

9. The Dakota—Upper West Side, NYC

The day John Lennon was shot was the end of an era for Beatles lovers all over the world. John had long since moved to a solo career, gathering a whole new generation of fans with his innovative rhythms and thought-provoking songwriting. One of these fans loved John a little too much. Mark David Chapman stalked the famous artist before taking his life in front of the Dakota apartment building in 1980.

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, had lived together in the luxury apartment complex since 1973. Yoko continued to live in the Dakota for 50 years before moving to their home in the Catskills. She states that she has seen the ghost of her husband sitting at the white grand piano. Even before John’s spirit haunted the lobby, the couple reported seeing a crying lady in the building. Other guests report seeing the ghost of a small girl and a very sinister ghost of a man with the countenance of a child. The Dakota was also the filming location of Rosemary’s Baby , which has to be one of the creepiest American horror movies.

10. Utica State Hospital—Utica

Founded in 1843, Utica State Hospital was the first government-run facility for the mentally ill in New York. It was a high-tech facility, but like most treatments for mental illness in the 19th century, the medical care given was harsh and gruesome. Patients routinely received lobotomies, electro-shock therapy, and extreme confinement. In fact, the facility is famous for the invention of the “Utica Crib.” This horrible feat of engineering was a long skinny cage that agitated patients were placed in like animals.

Though the halls were cleared of live patients decades ago, they’re still teeming with action. Locals report ghostly faces peering out from the widows, footsteps in the halls, and screaming from inconsolable patients. The hospital has been abandoned for some time, but it does allow for scheduled and organized paranormal investigations. If you’re visiting Upstate New York on the hunt for ghouls, make sure to at least drive by!

11. St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery—New Amsterdam

Churches are supposed to be places of peace and spiritual restoration. However, when there’s a one-legged Dutch poltergeist hanging out behind the altar, that tends to disturb the sanctity a bit. Supposedly, the church was built over the burial site of the former regional leader Peter Stuyvesant. In 1651, Stuyvesant purchased land from the Dutch West India Company to build a bowery, which included a family chapel, under which he was later interred. The church was later built over the chapel.

Today, visitors to the church claim that a disembodied voice often sings hymns in Dutch, the church bell rings on its own, and they sometimes hear the sound of a peg leg clanking against the floors. It’s claimed to be the oldest continually used religious site in NYC, so ghost stories abound far beyond the Dutchman. If you want to meet some of these historical specters for yourself, take a tour of St. Mark’s and its accompanying cemetery.

12. Washington Square Park—Greenwich Village

Originally a potter’s field, Washington Square Park was turned into a public square in 1825. As in most cases where we build public spaces over burial grounds, the interred spirits are a bit upset. The remains of unnamed homeless folks, executed criminals, and plague victims are buried beneath the public space, so if you interact with one, you might want to wear a mask! The most frequently seen specter is a man who tends to hang out in the northeast corner of the park. He’s just one of the more than 20,000 bodies that reportedly lie below the fountain.

13. Rolling Hills Asylum—East Bethany

One of the infamous filming spots for American Horror Story: Asylum , Rolling Hills is a heavily studied paranormal site. It began as a poor house in the 1820s. Once home to orphans, tuberculosis patients, and prostitutes, the asylum is now home to their unsettled spirits.

Today, the structure retains its abandoned furniture, which vastly enhances the sinister aura of the place. Empty hospital beds, abandoned dollies, and other personal items are littered throughout the property. The asylum saw more than 1,700 deaths, so there are plenty of dead folks roaming around. The most famous specters are in the Shadow People Hallway on the second floor of the East Wing. Visitors have reported encountering a mean nurse and a seven-foot-tall patient who suffered from gigantism. Guests also report sightings of shadowy figures in the asylum burial ground.

14. Hotel Chelsea—Chelsea, NYC

Hotel Chelsea is legendary! It has served as a place to lay the head for just about every major eccentric in the city. It was even the home base for the Andy Warhol bohemian crowd in the 1960s for a while. From Jimi Hendrix to Janice Joplin and Bob Dylan, numerous famous faces have graced the halls of the Chelsea. With all these legends in one place, you’re bound to have some bad behavior and more than a couple of ugly encounters.

Punk rock star Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen were staying in the hotel when Nancy was found dead from a gruesome stabbing. Sid died shortly after from a heroin overdose. Many think he overdosed out of guilt for Nancy’s murder. After drinking himself to death at the White Horse Tavern, Dylan Thomas was returned to the Chelsea, Room 205, before dying in the hospital.

The Hotel Chelsea is also said to be haunted by the ghost of a Titanic survivor named Mary. After losing her husband in the tragedy, she hung herself from the fifth floor. Another wealthy socialite and artist named Nadia is said to have jumped from the balcony after a failed marriage. Both of these women are reported to still wander the halls today.

15. Buffalo Central Terminal

Buffalo Central Terminal was once a bustling hub of transit. Though the last train pulled out in 1979, the Art Deco station is reportedly still very busy. In fact, it’s said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the state.

Ghost hunters, photographers, and general tourists are drawn to the stunning structure (for different reasons, obviously). A woman named Rose is commonly seen near the baggage claim. Businessmen in period dress are seen scuffling along the platforms, and the ragged apparitions of homeless persons, who died from hypothermia in the abandoned building, are also still hanging out in the terminal.

16. Merchant’s House Museum—East Village, NYC

The Merchant House is not only a National Historic Landmark but has also secured a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The late Federal-style home was built in 1832 by the Tredwell family, but it has been a museum for almost as long as it was a home. Gertrude Tredwell was born in the home in 1840, the youngest of eight children, and she lived the entirety of her life on East Fourth Street. Dying at 93 without an heir, Gertrude’s home was turned over to the city, and it became a museum in 1936. The house qualified easily for historic status because Gertrude had famously kept everything in the home just as it was in 1840, from the Greek Revival interior fittings to the furniture. She even kept collections of the family’s personal belongings.

Though the home technically no longer belongs to Gertrude, nobody told her. Since the mid-1930s, guests to the home museum have reported hearing strange noises, smelling perfume and food products, hearing the piano play itself at night, and seeing inanimate objects move on their own. The house museum is open for regular tourists, but the requests for haunted history are so numerous that the staff is now offering a series of candlelit ghost tours !

Closing Thoughts

These haunted places in New York will add a whole different spin on your next trip there. From sinister cemeteries to some of the oldest haunted houses in America, the Empire State has cornered the market on paranormal activity, too! If you’ve seen all the NYC hot spots or you’re just looking for something more chilling to do this fall, add a few of these paranormal playgrounds to your itinerary.

For more fun experiences in NYC, take some cues from “ The Top 23 Excursions and Tours in New York City .”

New York is so much more than just the world’s most famous city. Check out the rest of the state’s wonders on this list of “ The Nicest Small Towns in New York !”

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New York is full of fantastic haunted spots . Check out the Merchant’s House Museum , Buffalo Central Terminal , or the Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany if you’re trying to make a ghostly new friend!

New York is the perfect state for exploring paranormal activity! Start with a haunted hunt of Greenwich Village , or explore a famous haunted hotel in Chelsea !

New York City has several haunted houses. Some of the best are the Merchant’s House Museum , Morris-Jumel Mansion , and the House of Death .

Explore NYC on a self-guided ghoulish ghost hunt for Halloween, or take an official guided ghost tour through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery or Fort William Henry !

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  • Irina Vasiliev

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Since 1800, at least forty-seven populated places in the United States have borne the name Moscow . The reasons for having been so named fall into four classes of placename type: commemorative, anticipatory, transfer, and mistake. The stories of these communities and their namings tell much about the growth of this country, the flow of information within it, and each community's perception of itself.

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Masha Gessen

By Masha Gessen

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A journalist was killed in St. Petersburg last week, but no one called for an immediate and full investigation. No one seemed to suspect that he was killed because of his work. In a country of frequent and varied violence, this was a different kind of crime, a murder that dare not speak its name.

There is a fine art to reading obituaries, as anyone who lived through the AIDS epidemic in the West and paid attention knows. Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, if an American newspaper reported that a young man had died and mentioned no cause of death (or attributed the death to “respiratory failure”), it was a safe assumption that the man had died of AIDS. If the obituary also referred to a surviving “longtime companion,” this seemed to provide confirmation.

The equivalent in contemporary Russia is an obituary that says that a man was found slain in his own apartment and there was no sign of forced entry. When this happens to someone well-known enough to warrant numerous written remembrances, the writers usually refer not to a killing but to a “tragic death” — as though it were not a criminal but a personal trait that caused the person’s demise. What they mean is that the deceased was gay and apparently died at the hands of someone he brought home.

No one can say how often this happens, but it happens enough to form a recognizable pattern. Many, if not most, LGBT people in Russia knew someone who died in this manner. When Alexander Smirnov, an official with the Moscow city government, decided to come out in a magazine interview three years ago, he chose to talk about this, too. “Two years ago someone I knew died,” said Mr. Smirnov. “He was found in his apartment, naked, stabbed to death. He was gay. You know how this happens? Gays often meet one another online. And there are whole gangs that come to gay men’s houses, then kill them and rob the apartment. Their families conceal the stories, of course.”

A female friend of Mr. Smirnov’s had implored him to be careful, not to invite home anyone he had met online. But what was he supposed to do? He was a closeted gay man who feared going to the few existing public gay venues to meet people and who feared even using public spaces to see in person someone he had met online. So it happened to Mr. Smirnov, too: A man he had met online came to his apartment with someone else, and they tried to kill him.

“I was bleeding out, feeling that I was about to lose consciousness,” he said. “I begged to be allowed to live. You cannot imagine how ashamed I feel. They are the ones who barged into my home and nearly killed me. They took everything I had, including even my phone. They are the ones who committed the crime, and I’m the one who is ashamed. I was shaking, but I couldn’t call an ambulance, because I would have had to explain what had happened.

“And, of course, I couldn’t say anything at work,” he continued. “I had my friends call my office and say that I’d been attacked at a bus stop. I didn’t go to the police. It would have been easy to find my attackers, but I didn’t have the strength to talk to the people in uniform. Now I blame myself for being weak, because those two can go on to kill someone else.”

Soon after going public with his story, Mr. Smirnov left the country. He is now living in New York, and he has applied for asylum in the United States.

When a man is found stabbed to death in his apartment, with no sign of forced entry, a double stigma kicks in, because the victim is presumed to have been gay, and it is assumed he was killed by someone he brought home for anonymous or casual sex. Exposure will further disgrace his family. This happened in one of the rare cases when an investigation was pursued. Ten years ago, Ilya Zimin, a prominent television journalist, was found dead in his Moscow apartment. A few days later, the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published an article titled “Rumors of his nontraditional orientation haunted Zimin back when he was a student.”

So when the St. Petersburg journalist was killed last week, his friends wrote things like, “There can’t be that many versions of what happened, but I will not explore them,” or, “There are details, but I will not go into them.” People wrote similarly tactful phrases after the deaths of the well-known actors Vyacheslav Titov (found strangled in his apartment in Moscow in December 2011) and Alexei Devotchenko (found in a pool of his own blood at home in Moscow in November 2014).

What no one has written in response to any of these deaths is that the Kremlin’s antigay campaign, which simultaneously pushes people underground and communicates to the public that homophobic violence will go unpunished, ensures that these shameful killings continue.

Masha Gessen is the author, most recently, of “The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy” and a contributing opinion writer.

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Ship House. 2, Bolshaya Tulskaya Str. // Built in 1981 by the USSR Ministry of Atomic Industry, this is one of the few buildings in Moscow that can withstand a nuclear explosion. The foreman who oversaw its construction spent his entire life building only nuclear reactors, which left its mark on this house. To prevent it from “folding up” in the event of an explosion, there are no 90° angles in this seismically stable house — only 87° or 93°; the thickness of the glass panes is a unique 0.23 inches. It is called the “Ship” because of its huge size (1312 feet long, 164 feet high) and encircling balconies that resemble decks.

Ship House. 2, Bolshaya Tulskaya Str. // Built in 1981 by the USSR Ministry of Atomic Industry, this is one of the few buildings in Moscow that can withstand a nuclear explosion. The foreman who oversaw its construction spent his entire life building only nuclear reactors, which left its mark on this house. To prevent it from “folding up” in the event of an explosion, there are no 90° angles in this seismically stable house — only 87° or 93°; the thickness of the glass panes is a unique 0.23 inches. It is called the “Ship” because of its huge size (1312 feet long, 164 feet high) and encircling balconies that resemble decks.

Egg House. 1/11 Mashkova Str. // Moscow has always been famous for its crankiness and sweeping gestures, including architecture. One of the most striking and outrageous examples is the “Egg House”. Originally planned to be built in Bethlehem as a maternity ward, it was eventually put up in Moscow. Outwardly, it resembles a giant copy of a Fabergé egg. It is the only such house in the world.

Egg House. 1/11 Mashkova Str. // Moscow has always been famous for its crankiness and sweeping gestures, including architecture. One of the most striking and outrageous examples is the “Egg House”. Originally planned to be built in Bethlehem as a maternity ward, it was eventually put up in Moscow. Outwardly, it resembles a giant copy of a Fabergé egg. It is the only such house in the world.

Arseny Morozov Mansion (Reception House of the Russian Government), 16 Vozdvizhenka // This house was built in 1899 by order of young millionaire, dandy, and merchant family heir Arseny Morozov on a plot of land given to him by his mother on his 25th birthday. Even at the construction stage, the house, which was executed in a Moorish style unprecedented for Moscow, became the butt of ridicule and criticism. When it was finished, legend has it that his vexed mother’s words were: “Only I used to know that you’re a fool, now the whole of Moscow will know!”

Arseny Morozov Mansion (Reception House of the Russian Government), 16 Vozdvizhenka // This house was built in 1899 by order of young millionaire, dandy, and merchant family heir Arseny Morozov on a plot of land given to him by his mother on his 25th birthday. Even at the construction stage, the house, which was executed in a Moorish style unprecedented for Moscow, became the butt of ridicule and criticism. When it was finished, legend has it that his vexed mother’s words were: “Only I used to know that you’re a fool, now the whole of Moscow will know!”

Nautilus Trade Center, 25 Nikolskaya Str. // In the early 2000s, this mall became Moscow's new “Morozov Mansion” — lambasted by everyone for its vulgarity. The pretentious postmodern architecture seems to jut out of an edifice on one of Moscow’s oldest streets, but the place once sited the Vladimir Gates of the Kitai-Gorod Wall and the Chapel of St. Panteleimon — buildings that were also rich in gaudy architectural details. Furthermore, the region was always a hotbed of commerce, for which reason a shopping center is quite apropos. Who knows, maybe in future Nautilus — like Morozov’s house before it — will become a feature of classic Moscow architecture.

Nautilus Trade Center, 25 Nikolskaya Str. // In the early 2000s, this mall became Moscow's new “Morozov Mansion” — lambasted by everyone for its vulgarity. The pretentious postmodern architecture seems to jut out of an edifice on one of Moscow’s oldest streets, but the place once sited the Vladimir Gates of the Kitai-Gorod Wall and the Chapel of St. Panteleimon — buildings that were also rich in gaudy architectural details. Furthermore, the region was always a hotbed of commerce, for which reason a shopping center is quite apropos. Who knows, maybe in future Nautilus — like Morozov’s house before it — will become a feature of classic Moscow architecture.

Copper House, 3 Butikovsky Lane. // Built within the “Golden Mile,” historically the most expensive area of Moscow, this three-block residential house of 20 apartments was admitted to the Moscow Museum of Architecture’s collection of finest buildings in 2003-2004. It is faced with prepatinated copper plates and is one of the most expensive blocks in Moscow.

Copper House, 3 Butikovsky Lane. // Built within the “Golden Mile,” historically the most expensive area of Moscow, this three-block residential house of 20 apartments was admitted to the Moscow Museum of Architecture’s collection of finest buildings in 2003-2004. It is faced with prepatinated copper plates and is one of the most expensive blocks in Moscow.

Stolnik House, 5 Maly Levshinskiy Lane. // Stolnik stands among the old lanes of Arbat Street, still home to places where Pushkin once resided. This residential house made of glass and metal literally explodes the architectural environment. However, there is something vaguely classical about it, namely the three-part symmetric layout and “Corinthian column” motif.

Stolnik House, 5 Maly Levshinskiy Lane. // Stolnik stands among the old lanes of Arbat Street, still home to places where Pushkin once resided. This residential house made of glass and metal literally explodes the architectural environment. However, there is something vaguely classical about it, namely the three-part symmetric layout and “Corinthian column” motif.

Kitezh Business Center, 3-7 Kievskaya Str. // This business center resembles the Titanic. The unique shape is the result of the complex internal structure — many of the shafts and stairwells are inclined and curved. Such a project would be beyond many architects, but Dmitry Bush has been building stadiums and ice rinks in Russia for many years.

Kitezh Business Center, 3-7 Kievskaya Str. // This business center resembles the Titanic. The unique shape is the result of the complex internal structure — many of the shafts and stairwells are inclined and curved. Such a project would be beyond many architects, but Dmitry Bush has been building stadiums and ice rinks in Russia for many years.

Melnikov House, 10 Krivoarbatsky Lane. // This single-unit house, built by the great Soviet avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov for his family, is today an architectural monument of national significance. It is unique for its shape — two intersecting cylinders each truncated by a third of its radius — and its hexagonal window apertures encircling the entire circumference of the building. There are 60 windows in total, while the apertures in the walls number more than 130 — all stuffed with brick and construction debris (not a single wheelbarrow of waste was removed from the site!), but able to be unblocked to create a new window anywhere in the walls. Melnikov placed such windows in all the walls so that his hand never overshadowed a blueprint in his studio. The internal area of the house is very modest — a mere 2691 ft². Melnikov’s descendants live here to this day.

Melnikov House, 10 Krivoarbatsky Lane. // This single-unit house, built by the great Soviet avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov for his family, is today an architectural monument of national significance. It is unique for its shape — two intersecting cylinders each truncated by a third of its radius — and its hexagonal window apertures encircling the entire circumference of the building. There are 60 windows in total, while the apertures in the walls number more than 130 — all stuffed with brick and construction debris (not a single wheelbarrow of waste was removed from the site!), but able to be unblocked to create a new window anywhere in the walls. Melnikov placed such windows in all the walls so that his hand never overshadowed a blueprint in his studio. The internal area of the house is very modest — a mere 2691 ft². Melnikov’s descendants live here to this day.

Department for Brain Research of the Neurology Center under the Russian Academy of Sciences, 5-7 Obukha Lane. // Built in 1914 in the era of art nouveau, this building is a former Evangelical hospital for the poor. In Soviet times, it housed the Brain Institute, which primarily studied the brains of prominent (and deceased) state and public figures: Lenin, Mayakovsky, Landau, Sakharov, Michurin, Gorky, and others. Of all the houses in Moscow, this building most resembles a gloomy castle from a gothic novel or vampire legend, especially in overcast weather.

Department for Brain Research of the Neurology Center under the Russian Academy of Sciences, 5-7 Obukha Lane. // Built in 1914 in the era of art nouveau, this building is a former Evangelical hospital for the poor. In Soviet times, it housed the Brain Institute, which primarily studied the brains of prominent (and deceased) state and public figures: Lenin, Mayakovsky, Landau, Sakharov, Michurin, Gorky, and others. Of all the houses in Moscow, this building most resembles a gloomy castle from a gothic novel or vampire legend, especially in overcast weather.

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