5 ‘Haunted’ Spots In New York City

October 31, 2014 6:00 AM

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Don’t believe in ghosts? You might change your mind after reading up on some of these local, supposedly “haunted” spots in the city. Celebrate Halloween this year by learning the legends of these NYC venues.

Campbell Apartment

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15 Vanderbilt Ave
(between 42nd St & 43rd St)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 953-0409

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. This Halloween, Ouija boards will be on hand in order to leverage Campbell’s paranormal energies.  The lounge is also offering a Halloween-inspired cocktail: the Pumpkin Old Fashioned (pumpkin and cinnamon infused Bulleit Bourbon, simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura Bitters, and muddled orange and cherry, served over ice in a rocks glass)

The Dakota

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A view of the entrance of The Dakota, the former residence of singer John Lennon and Yoko Ono. (credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

1 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-1448

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.

Algonquin Hotel

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59 West 44th Street
New York 10036
212-840-6800
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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. Members of the wait staff and patrons of the restaurant have reported seeing their ghosts over the years and have claimed to hear their footsteps.

Belasco Theater

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A presidential limousine is seen outside of the Belasco Theater in 2009. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

111 West 44th Street
New York 10036
212-719-1300
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The Belasco Theater is one of the city’s oldest theaters and is known for sightings of the building’s creator, 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)

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86 Bedford Street
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Known for its supernatural history, this West Village pub closed in 2007 when the chimney in the dining room collapsed. Perhaps this makes it easier for the former speakeasy’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.

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Holly Rosen Fink is the founder and managing editor of The Culture Mom.
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