15 Vanderbilt Ave
(between 42nd St & 43rd St)
New York, NY 10017
Some guests and staff at this sophisticated Midtown East hotspot have reported eerie incidents said to have occurred at the cocktail lounge. These include: Unexplained gusts of cold air, taps from behind without anyone in sight, sounds of an organ playing, and doors mysteriously shutting on their own. The Campbell Apartment’s owner, Mark Grossich, has corroborated these seemingly paranormal activities and says that John W. Campbell, the railroad tycoon who formerly occupied the space, and his presence are felt.
1 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Many people will recognize the Upper West Side hotel as the spot where John Lennon was shot and killed – but it’s not the ghost of the music legend that’s frequently recognized by hotel guests. Rather, the ghosts of two young children – one boy, and one girl – have reportedly been spotted by hotel guests and workers over the years.
Built in 1902, the Algonquin developed a reputation as a salon for artists and writers, and is known for the Round Table Group who met daily in the 1930s. The group included Dorothy Parker, George Kaufman, Harpo Marx, Robert Benchley and Marc Connelly. Many people have reported seeing their ghosts over the years. Members of the wait staff and patrons of the restaurant have had sightings over the years and have heard their footsteps.
111 West 44th Street
New York 10036
The Belasco Theater is one of the city’s oldest theaters and is known for sightings of the building’s builder, David Belasco, who died in 1931. Some people believe that he haunts the theater every night and some have even spotted him during performances. He lived in an apartment above the theater and had a companion named the Blue Lady, who has also been spotted over the years. Belasco appears on the set, in the private elevator and even in the audience. One audience member even claimed that Belasco’s ghost pinched her bottom!
Chumley’s (Now Closed)
86 Bedford Street
Known for its supernatural history, this West Village pub closed in 2007 when the chimney in the dining room collapsed. While their Web site claims the speakeasy will reopen in 2011, it is yet to be seen whether the supposedly haunted spot will welcome guests again by the end of the year. Perhaps this makes it easier for the bar’s resident ghost to swing by without being noticed. The spirit of former bar mistress and owner, Henrieta Chumley, has been said to occasionally visit for a drink. She is also known to play the jukebox, even when it is unplugged.