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#1 - 9/11 Memorial Site & Museum
Coordinates: 40.711632°, -74.013112°
Location Address: 180 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, New York, 10007
Many rescue workers and emergency response teams on the morning of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City allegedly reported witnessing the apparition of a mysterious dark skinned woman wearing a white dress, who appeared at the collapsing World Trade Center to assist wounded victims and to help the souls of the deceased to pass over. Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, visitors at Ground Zero in Manhattan report witnessing the apparitions of victims and rescue workers who were killed tragically, as well as experiencing other paranormal phenomena, such as hearing disembodied voices, explosions, and screams, or feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Many first responders have also reported being visited in their dreams by deceased victims.
#2 - Hotel Chelsea
Coordinates: 40.744334°, -73.996873°
Location Address: 222 W. 23rd Street, Manhattan, New York, 10011
Constructed in 1884, the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of British rock star Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols, who is said to have murdered his then-girlfriend Nancy Spungen before later dying of a heroin overdose. Another spirit commonly observed by guests is that of the famous writer and poet Dylan Thomas, who passed away in November of 1953 while staying in Room 206. It is unknown how many other spirits reside at the Hotel Chelsea, but guests frequently report encountering shadow figures and apparitions, as well as feeling a mysterious presence, as if being watched by an unseen entity. Other guests have reported experiencing lights and other electronic devices turning on and off by themselves, as well as hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and screams late at night.
#3 - Morris-Jummel Mansion & Museum
Coordinates: 40.834454°, -73.938572°
Location Address: 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan, New York, 10032
Constructed in 1765 by a British military officer named Colonel Roger Morris, the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan, New York is sometimes also referred to as "Mount Morris." It served as a military headquarters for British and later for American troops during the American Revolutionary War, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1961. The mansion is said to be haunted by the spirits of several of its former owners and occupants, including the spirit of a young woman named Elizabeth Jumel, whose apparition is allegedly seen by employees and guests. Guests at the mansion have also reported witnessing the spirits of former American soldiers wearing Revolutionary War-era uniforms, and the 3rd floor of the mansion is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former maid who died of a heart attack.
#4 - New York University
Coordinates: 40.732076°, -73.991707°
Location Address: Brittany Hall, 55 E. 10th Street, Manhattan, New York, 10003
Residents in Brittany Hall at New York University in Manhattan, New York report hearing disembodied footsteps, music, and the sounds of men talking. Many claim that it sounds like a party is being held, however the location where the noises come from is always empty. Brittany Hall was constructed in 1929 as the Brittany Hotel, and was allegedly used as a speakeasy during the prohibition era.
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Brian Weaver is the founder and creator of GhostQuest.net, the internet’s largest database for haunted locations, urban legends, and folklore tales throughout the United States. He grew up in rural New Hampshire, where he attended college for Computer Science.