Below is a list of some of the most notoriously haunted locations in Brooklyn, New York. To view my full list of 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 - Brooklyn Bridge
Coordinates: 40.706023°, -73.996729°
Location Address: Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
Constructed between 1869 and 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York is said to be haunted by the spirits of at least 20 former workers who were killed during its construction. Motorists and pedestrians at night often report witnessing shadow figures, as well as hearing disembodied voices and screams. One commonly seen spirit is that of a headless man who was allegedly decapitated by a large cable during the bridge's construction, and another is that of a young girl whose spirit is seen by pedestrians at night. It's also estimated that hundreds of people over the years have committed suicide by jumping from the Brooklyn Bridge, whose spirits may still linger at the location of their death.
#2 - Brooklyn Public Library
Coordinates: 40.672501°, -73.968127°
Location Address: 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, New York, 11238
In 2011 after a fictional documentary was released by student interns at Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, New York, rumors began circulating that a young girl named Agatha Cunningham had been murdered in the basement. The documentary went on to claim that the girl's spirit still lingers to haunt the building, however these claims were later debunked as being a hoax invented by the students.
#3 - Highland Park
Coordinates: 40.688728°, -73.886300°
Location Address: Jackie Robinson Parkway, Brooklyn, New York, 11208
Established in 1901, Highland Park in Brooklyn, New York is a wooded park spanning 141 acres, with trails for walking and other outdoor amenities. Visitors at Highland Park report encountering the apparition of an unknown woman and child. Unfortunately, little else is known about this allegedly haunted location.
#4 - McCarren Park
Coordinates: 40.720178°, -73.949670°
Location Address: 776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11222
Opened in 1906 as Greenpoint Park, McCarren Park in Brooklyn, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who drowned in the old swimming pool, as well as several other apparitions. The pool was closed and drained in 1984, and according to police records a number of homeless people taking refuge in the empty pool have been found dead over the years, many having died from drug overdoses, murder, suicide, or other unnatural causes. Visitors at McCarren Park also report feeling the presence of an unseen entity, while sometimes experiencing other unexplained paranormal phenomena, such as hearing disembodied voices and feeling sudden cold spots.
#5 - Most Holy Trinity Church
Coordinates: 40.707028°, -73.943996°
Location Address: 138 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, New York, 11206
Opened in 1841, the Most Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn, New York is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former sexton and bell ringer named George Stelz, who was murdered in the church's bell tower in 1897. According to legend, the man's bloody hand prints can still be seen in the spot where he was killed, and many churchgoers have reported encountering the apparition of a man believed to be Mr. Stelz. Others report witnessing the church's bell being rung by an unseen entity. Another spirit said to haunt Most Holy Trinity Church is that of the former Monsignor Michael May, who passed away in 1895.
#6 - St. Joseph High School
Coordinates: 40.691939°, -73.985430°
Location Address: 80 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201
Established in 1904 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Joseph High School is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Brooklyn, New York. Students report hearing strange disembodied voices and footsteps, and experiencing an uneasy feeling, as if being watched by an unseen entity. Unfortunately, very little information is available regarding this allegedly haunted location.
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