As Halloween draws near, many New Yorkers can't shake the chill in the air, the feeling that they are being watched, the sense of a strange presence. It’s no surprise, New York City is one of the most haunted cities in all America.
With so much history, we were bound to pick up a few ghosts and it’s time for all of us to learn the truth. In this groundbreaking blog post, Stonehenge NYC will investigate the truth behind the many ghosts of NYC.
Don’t believe us? Read on…
The first stop on our haunted tour of irrefutable paranormal evidence begins in Evergreens Cemetery. Located in the heart of Brooklyn and stretching over 225 restful acres, this tranquil cemetery has a mysterious past and one very terrifying resident.
We speak, of course, of The Woman in White. Who is she? What does she want? There are more questions than answers. She has been spotted countless times throughout history; a weeping ghost whose cries can be heard during the witching hour, those darkest hours of the night when most New Yorkers are sleeping.
This specter isn’t the only thing that makes Evergreens a bit spooky. Consider the tale of Jonathan Reed, who laid his wife Mary to rest in an Evergreen vault in the late 1800s. Unlike most widowers, he decided it was best to move into the vault himself. He wasn't dead or anything like that, he was a living guy who slept in a crypt. Needless to say, this caused a few eyebrows to be raised. Even in the olden days, this was not considered normal behavior.
Is there a connection between these tales? Is the Woman in White and Mary Reed one and the same? Visit Evergreens Ceremony on Halloween night and ask the ghost yourself, if you’re so curious. On second thought, maybe don’t.
The Museum of the Moving Image:
We slither over to Queens for our next haunted destination. The Museum of the Moving Image is a surprisingly modern locale to be a haunted hotspot, but the rumors of haunting persist.
If you haven’t yet visited the Museum of the Moving Image, we strongly recommend you check it out. It’s a fascinating place dedicated to the history of the visual arts. Any film buff or movie lover will enjoy exploring its vast collection of memorabilia. That said, we can’t recommend you go at night. They do have a ghost tour if you insist, but we're not sure we'd recommend it to any but the very brave.
After closing, the museum is said to be infested by strange sounds; disembodied voices yelling at one another as well as the living visitors. Not only that, but the Museum also has its own woman in white, who stalks the halls in a flowing pallid dress. Either one ghost is ripping off the other, or the same ghost likes to change up her haunting locations. We don’t blame her. NYC is a great town and worth exploring.
We bounce back to Brooklyn to explore the mystery behind McCarren Pool. For most Brooklynites, this is a spot to relax and cool off during the hot summer months, but the pool has a dark history.
When it first opened, it was supposedly the site of a whole bunch of crimes, which made locals squeamish about visiting, even on the hottest of days. Those days are far behind us, but that hasn’t stopped ghost hunters from showing up and claiming that the spot is haunted.
According to them, McCarren is home to the ghost of a little girl who drowned there decades ago. Is there any evidence to support this? Aside from claims that swimmers have heard a little girl crying for help while swimming, not really. Still, it’s a great story to tell your kids if you want them to avoid swimming pools.
The New Amsterdam Theater:
And now, at last, we come to Manhattan. Theaters are a great place for ghosts, and it’s safe to assume that they’re all haunted or at least have a phantom of some kind lurking in the catwalks. The New Amsterdam Theater is particularly haunted, however. So much so that they’ve placed photos of the ghost at every entrance and are sure to greet her whenever they open the theater to keep her creepy antics at bay.
The ghost is that of Olive Thomas, a chorus girl who died in 1920 under mysterious circumstances. Foul play by her husband is suspected but has never been proven. Since then, Olive has stalked the theater. She’s been known to demolish stacks of DVDs and even to help out by bringing booster seats to patrons in need.
Mainly though, she’s fond of the old shoulder-tap routine where you feel someone touch you and turn to find nobody there. She’s apparently played this on hundreds of theater-goers throughout the years. It’s a classic prank - one that apparently never gets old, even when you’re dead.