The following is a list of allegedly haunted locations in New York City, New York (NYC). To view my full list of ghost stories and haunted locations in New York, Click Here. And if you liked this list, be sure to check out my new book, The Folklore & Haunted Locations Guide: New York, available on Amazon!!
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#1 - City College of New York
Coordinates: 40.820047°, -73.949272°
Location Address: 160 Convent Ave, New York City, New York, 10031
City College of New York in New York City (also known as CCNY) was established in 1847 as the Free Academy of New York. Students dating back to the 1920's have reported encountering the spirits of former students and professors, including one student who passed away in 1918 while attending the college. Many apparitions are seen wearing clothing from decades passed, while others are said to appear to wear modern clothing and attire. Students throughout the college also report feeling cold spots and sudden drops in temperature, as well as feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#2 - Dakota Apartments
Coordinates: 40.776994°, -73.976070°
Location Address: 1 W. 72nd Street, New York City, New York, 10023
Constructed in 1884, the Dakota Apartments in New York City were made infamous on December 8, 1980 when the famous British rock star, John Lennon, of The Beatles was assassinated on the sidewalk outside. Since his death, many people report witnessing Lennon's apparition, including Lennon's former wife, Yoko Ono, who lived in the building for another twenty years after his death. Other residents report encountering the spirit of a young girl with blonde hair, as well as a wandering spirit known as "The Crying Lady." Many also report hearing the sounds of disembodied voices and footsteps, as well as experiencing other unexplained paranormal activity, such as objects moving by themselves, unexplained cold spots, and feelings of being watched by an unseen entity. Reports of paranormal activity at The Dakota date back to shortly after the hotel's opening in the late 1880's, with painters and other workers claiming to encounter spirits from earlier times.
#3 - Hotel Des Artistes
Coordinates: 40.773502°, -73.978926°
Location Address: 1 W. 67th Street, New York City, New York, 10023
Constructed in the early 1900's, the Hotel Des Artistes in New York City is said to be haunted by the spirit of the famous American actor, James Dean, who maintained ownership of a 2nd floor apartment until his death in September of 1955, even after moving to Hollywood. Another spirit said to haunt the old hotel is that of a man named Valentino, whose apparition is allegedly seen reflected in windows and mirrors, and accompanied by the strong smell of exotic cologne. In addition to witnessing these apparitions, guests at the Hotel Des Artistes report experiencing a variety of other paranormal activity, such as disembodied voices, cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity.
#4 - New Amsterdam Theater
Coordinates: 40.756186°, -73.987888°
Location Address: 214 W. 42nd Street, New York City, New York, 10036
Constructed in 1903, the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former chorus singer named Olive Thomas, who committed suicide on September 10, 1920 by drinking mercury. Her apparition is often seen by employees and audience members late at night and during performances, and many report experiencing strange paranormal activity such as cold spots, and feeling the presence of an unseen entity. Others report feeling unexplained feelings of sadness that subside upon leaving the location.
#5 - One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant
Coordinates: 40.732494°, -74.002584°
Location Address: 17 Barrow Street, New York City, New York, 10014
Constructed in 1767 as a carriage house, the One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant in New York City is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man named Aaron Burr and his young daughter Theodosia, who were allegedly kidnapped and murdered by pirates. Patrons report witnessing their apparitions, as well as encountering the spirit of an unknown woman in a black dress. Others report experiencing paranormal activity such as cold spots, lights flickering, and objects such as plates and dishes being moved by an unseen entity. Several staff members working at the restaurant have allegedly quit over the years due to their paranormal experiences.
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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.