Halloween is officially upon us! As ghosts, zombies, perhaps Donald Trumps and witches flood to NYC for a festive holiday weekend, we thought we would track down the true ghosts that live in the city. In fact, we weren’t surprised to find over a dozen NYC apartment buildings who have reported unexplainable incidents and activities dating as early as 1920! So as you unwrap your chocolate and perfect your costume for this weekend’s festivities, here are a few apartment buildings you might purposely add to your trick-or-treat route.
1. The Dakota
The building’s most famed ghost is of musician John Lennon, but workers and residents dating as early as 1920, have seen a young boy and girl roaming around the building.
2. 123 On The Park
This Brooklyn rental luxury building was formerly the Caledonian Hospital. The Doorman consistently speak of strange voices, smells and mysterious footsteps credited to the ghosts of former patients.
3. The Octagon
This Roosevelt Island building was built on the site of the former NY Lunatic Asylum. Reports of unexplainable incidents and paranormal activity have occurred. Even pets will refuse to walk up the stairs of the building.
4. 14 West 10th Street
This picturesque townhouse on a beautiful block in the West Village is actually nicknamed “The House of Death”. With reports of up to 22 deaths, including the spirit of Mark Twain, the dark reputation of this building is infamous.
5. The Osborne Apartments
The historic Osborne Apartments, built in 1885 right next to Carnegie Hall, is said to be haunted by two notable ghosts. The first, Alfredo Taylor, who’s ghost is said to roam the building’s halls as well as ride the elevator. The second, Johanna Gadski, who lived at The Osborne. Residents living in her old apartment have noted strange sightings, including sliding doors opening and closing by themselves, that they attribute to Johanna’s ghost.
Regardless of the ghosts you may see or the stomach-ache from candy, we hope you have a safe and very Happy Halloween!