27 Haunted Spots in New York City

Ghosts, strange noises and other scary things have been reported at these spots

The Dakota building in New York City
••• Dario Cantatore/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
More: Halloween in New York City

People have reported seeing ghosts in New York City for hundreds of years. These famous locations in New York City are purported to be haunted -- while you may not see a ghost in any of New York City's haunted spots, some of the stories that explain the haunting are just as scary.

Algonquin Hotel
59 W 44th St
Many guests at the Algonquin Hotel have claimed to spot members of The Round Table, a group of writers that met at the Algonquin for lunch daily after World War I.

Members of The Round Table (who called themselves the Vicious Circle) include Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Franklin Pierce, Robert Sherwood, Harpo Marx, Alexander Woollcott, Herold Ross, George S. Kaufman, Heywood Broun, Marc Connelly and Edna Ferber.

Bridge Cafe
279 Water St
The building dates back to 1794, but the Bridge Cafe's life as a drinking establishment first began in 1847 when it was opened as a porter house, making it New York City's oldest bar. Just under the Brooklyn Bridge, rumors of ghosts of the pirates who frequented the bar continue.

Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th Street
Numerous accounts of haunting at one of New York City's oldest theaters including sightings of the building's builder and namesake, David Belasco, who lived in an apartment at the top of the theater before his death in 1931. His ghost is said to interact with actors, offering kudos and handshakes, and many have reported hearing footsteps and the disconnected elevator running.

Sightings of the Blue Lady, possibly Belasco's companion, have been reported numerous times.

Beth Israel Hospital
First Ave. at 16th St.
Many people have reported hearing unexplained footsteps, noises, and voices throughout the hospital.

Brittany Hotel
55 East 10th Street
Now an NYU dorm, mysterious music, lights and footsteps have been reported.

People have also claimed to feel like someone is "watching them".

Chumley's
86 Bedford St
This now closed West Village speakeasy claimed to be visited by former bar mistress and owner, Henrietta Chumley, who came to drink a Manhattan. The former owner made her presence known by messing with the restaurant's jukebox.

The Dakota
Central Park West at 72nd St.
In the sixties, the ghost of a young boy/young man was seen by a couple of construction workers at The Dakota. A girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing was seen by painters working at the building several years later. John Lennon, who was murdered outside the Dakota in 1980, is also rumored to haunt the area around the undertakers gate. To add to the eeriness, the building was also the setting for Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.

Ear Inn
326 Spring St
Haunted by Mickey, who was killed when he was hit by a car in front of the Inn, a sailor who lived in the Ear Inn when it was a boarding house.

Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue
Various sightings have been reported of suicide victims who jumped from the Empire State Building's observatory.

Hotel Des Artistes
1 West 67th St
Rumors of a ghost that touches people have been circulating for years.

"The House of Death"
14 West 10th Street (near Fifth Avenue)
This classic brownstone was constructed in the 19th century and is believed to be haunted by the 22 people who have died in the house, as well as Mark Twain. Twain, who lived there from 1900-1901, is rumored to haunt the stairwell of the house. In addition, attorney Joel Steinberg lived in the house in 1987 when he was accused and later convicted of beating his 6-year-old adopted daughter Jessica Steinberg to death.

Landmark Tavern
626 11th Ave (46th St)
Opening in 1868, waiters at the Landmark Tavern believe the restaurant is haunted by an Irish girl and a Confederate soldier.

Manhattan Bistro
129 Spring Street
This SoHo building is haunted by a young woman, Elma Sands, who was murdered in December 1799 and dropped in a well which is now in the restaurant's basement.

Sands alleged murderer, Levi Weeks, was never convicted despite strong evidence. Evidence of the ghost's presence include ashtrays knocked off tables, plates being broken on the floor, and bottles flying off shelves.

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace (between West 160th and 162nd Streets)
Built in 1765 as a summer home for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest remaining house in Manhattan. Several ghosts are reputed to haunt the mansion: Eliza Jumel, former mistress of the mansion, has been seen wandering the house in a purple dress, rapping on walls and windows; the ghost of a young servant girl who committed suicide by jumping out a window has been seen in the mansion's servants quarters; and a soldier from the American Revolution, who's picture hangs on a wall in the mansion, has also been seen.

More Haunted Locations in New York City

More: Halloween in New York City

New Amsterdam Theatre
214 West 42nd Street
The ghost of Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl who killed herself by overdosing on her alcoholic, womanizing husband's syphilis medication, has been spotted on stage and in one of the dressing rooms of the theater. She wears her green beaded Follies dress, her beaded headpiece and her sash and holds a blue glass bottle that is supposed to have contained the pills that killed her.

Typically, she only appears after audiences have left, though she's rumored to appear when her contemporaries are in the theater.

Old Merchant's House
29 East 4th Street
Gertrude Tredwell, the daughter of wealthy merchant Seabury Treadwell, is believed to haunt the home built by her father in 1832 (it is now a museum). She never married and died in an upstairs bedroom in the house in 1933, shortly after the birth of an unwanted baby of which her family strongly disapproved. Gertrude's ghost is most often spotted in the kitchen, though she's also been seen in her bedroom, appearing as an elegant, petite woman dressed in mid-19th century style.

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral
263 Mulberry
The cemetery of city's oldest Catholic Church is haunted by Pierre Toussaint, a slave who became a hairdresser in the early 19th century. The ghost of Bishop Dubois, who is buried below the entrance to the cathedral, has been seen frequently in the church.

One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant
17 Barrow Street
The ghost of Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States who is famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, haunts this restaurant located in what was once his carriage house. Many visitors and restaurant employees have observed flying dishes and chairs being pulled out from under patrons.

Burr's daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston, who vanished off the coast of North Carolina en route to visit her father in New York, is also rumored to haunt the carriage house. Female patrons at the bar are rumored to have had their earrings removed by Theodosia.

The Palace Theatre
1564 Broadway
Vaudeville acts dreamed of a chance to "play the Palace" and over 100 ghosts are supposed to haunt the Palace Theatre, including a while gowned cellist playing in the pit, a young girl looking down from the balcony, and Judy Garland, who is sensed near the rear orchestra door built for her. The one ghost you don't want to run into at the Palace is that of the acrobat who died when he broke his neck there -- legend claims that those who see him will soon die.

Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue
On opening nights, Radio City Music Hall's builder, S.L. "Roxy" Rothafel, accompanied by a glamorous female companion, have been seen.

St. Marks-in-the-Bowery Church
131 E. 10th St.
The ghost of Peter Stuyvesant, the 17th-century Dutch Governor, is rumored to roam around the chapel. Stuyvesant was buried in a vault under the chapel in 1678.

St. Paul's Chapel Burial Ground
Broadway and Fulton Street
The burial ground of this Episcopal Church is haunted by the headless ghost of English actor George Frederick Cooke.

Cooke died in September 1811 and was buried headless after donating his head to science to pay for doctor's bills, and his skull was used in numerous productions of Hamlet.

Trinity Church
Broadway and Wall Street
There's a tombstone in the graveyard that many people claim to have heard laughter when they pass.

Washington Square Park
West 4th Street and MacDougal
Used as a hanging ground during the American Revolution, Washington Square Park was also a burial ground and 15,000 bodies remained buried there today.

Ye Waverly Inn
16 Bank St
Employees claim to have seen ghostly figures and blame the ghosts for starting fires.

White Horse Tavern
567 Hudson Street at West 11th Street
Dylan Thomas died in New York City after consuming 18 shots of whiskey at the White Horse Tavern in November 1953. His ghost is believed to appear from time to time and rotate his favorite corner table, as Thomas did when he patronized the bar.

Wollman Rink in Central Park
Apparitions of two young girls skating figure 8s have been reported.

More Ghostly Locations in New York City