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Real Haunted Places Across New York

Across ##Region##, there are countless locations that are believed to be haunted, ranging from houses & hotels, to lighthouses, roadways, and wooded areas - ghosts and spirits don't seem to discriminate when it comes to what locations they're haunting! Find out all about New York's unique haunted locales, many of which are open to the public, and if you're feeling very brave, visit one of these exciting haunted places!
 
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  •   Reid’s Ice Cream Factory Blue Point, NY
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    Prior to the 1920s, this was where frozen treats were produced. After the shop closed in the 1920s, it sat abandoned and was not demolitioned until 2003. During the time of abandonment, many deadly events occurred on site. The site is also said to have been a popular spot for couples to get intimate. In an instance that dates back to the 1950s, story goes that a young woman named... Read More

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  •   Spook Rock Road Hudson, NY
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    Spook Rock Road’s name comes from a large rock formation thought to have been of religious significance to the Lenape Tribes. According to legend, a Native woman and a Dutch man would beet at this rock, but when the other Dutch settlers discovered their relationship they quickly killed the couple. Their shadows can supposedly be seen under moonlight and their screams heard coming from... Read More

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  •   Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, NY
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    Established by Reverend Petrus Vas, the Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie dates back to 1716. It is said to be haunted the ghost of a former caretaker. Visitors have heard the jingling of the spirit’s keys and the tapping of fingers on his old office desk. Phantom whistling has been reported in the kitchen and gym as well. Read More

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  • Empire State Building New York, NY
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    The Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in the world, having been the tallest building in the world for 40 years after construction was originally completed. It is open to the public for tours and visitation with the purchase of an entry ticket. Over the years there have been 30 suicide attempts in the building, two major shooting incidents, and, in 1945, a plane... Read More

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  •   Jefferson Market Library New York, NY
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    Visitors and passersby have reported seeing ghostly figures walking along the balcony of Jefferson Market Library. The building also appears to be haunted by a friendly ghost—that of a woman who has been known to catch people’s attention, wave at them, smile, and then disappear! The cause for this strange, but apparently harmless hauntings is unknown. Read More

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  •   Mount Misery Melville, NY
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    The grounds of Mount Misery are said to be haunted. It was not only ground that was impossible to farm on and that the Natives claimed as cursed, but it is also where a small mental hospital sat in the early 1900s. Its building was set on fire after a patient by the name of Mary escaped. She is said to have been buried there. Since that time, reports of paranormal activity has... Read More

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  •   American Place Brooklyn, NY
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    Formerly the Oriental Manor Catering Hall, this building is now occupied by American Place—a discount department store. There have been rumors of hauntings since the building’s time as a catering hall, with reports of doors that opened and closed on their own and disembodied footsteps. At least three separate spirits are believed to occupy the building. Read More

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  •   Front Street Park Schenectady, NY
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    Front Street Park in Schenectady is said to be haunted by both Native American and French-Canadian spirits. A battle took place on this land in 1690, during which most of the Dutch residents were massacred. Some of the fighters who died here have not been able to move on. Read More

    Categories: Real Haunted Places | Real Haunted Army Posts / Battle Grounds

  • New York Pizzeria Lowville, NY
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    New York Pizzeria in Lowville serves the town fresh pizza in a slightly more upscale environment. Evidently one of the local spirits must really like the restaurant, as he has taken up residence in the building. The third floor, which is said to have been an apartment at one point, has given many visitors the sensation of being pushed or feeling of an unusual presence. Read More

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  •   Clinton Community Library Rhinebeck, NY
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    The Clinton Community Library in Rhinebeck was founded in 1965 within the Rhinebeck Town Hall and Justice Court complex. It is said to be haunted by several unidentified ghosts who can be heard walking, whispering, or climbing up the stairs. They have also been known to knock books off of the library shelves. Read More

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  •   Old Ulster County Jail Kingston, NY
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    Despite its name, the Old Ulster County Jail isn’t actually particularly ancient. Built in 1971, the facility was used for a few decades before a new jail was opened in 2007. The Old Jail was abandoned, and since then rumors of ghostly activity have swirled. Visitors have heard disembodied footsteps as well as strange voices having conversations, and there are reports of cell doors... Read More

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  •   COS New York, NY
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    COS, a clothing store now occupying the former Manhattan Bistro building on Spring Street, is situated on one of the most famous unsolved murder sites in the city’s history. In 1799, a young woman named Gulielma Elmore Sands was set to elope with her secret lover, Levi Weeks, but before they could get married Sands was murdered. Eleven days after the couple was set to elope her body... Read More

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  •   Buckout Road Harrison, NY
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    Bucket Road in Harrison is home to a house which has some creepy urban legends surrounding it. Several “Xs” can be seen around the building, which some locals say mark the execution sites of witches who were caught and killed long ago. Others suggest that a family of malicious albinos lives in the building and attacks visitors. Supposedly a group of school kids were taunting one of the... Read More

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  •   The Green Lantern Inn Fairport, NY
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    Now a restaurant and banquet hall, The Green Lantern Inn no longer offers overnight accommodations. There is, however, at least once guest who just won’t leave. The restaurant is said to be haunted by the spirit of its original owner, Henry Deland. Read More

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  • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park Sylvan Beach, NY
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    Sylvan Beach Amusement Park provides locals and visitors with all kinds of fun rides and activities during the day, but on some nights it is opened up for ghost tours. Paranormal investigators have turned up evidence of three separate ghosts—a man named Jack, who loved staying at the Royal Hotel, a little girl named Abby, and a former worker named Scottie, who has been heard whistling... Read More

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  •   D.S. Shanahan’s Kings Park, NY
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    This bar sits adjacent to the Kings Park Psychiatric Center. Visitors and workers have reportedly seen paranormal activity occur onsite including the ghostly lady that would appear and then disappear when approached. Some say the lady spirit is that of a woman who worked there. Read More

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  • The Kenan Center Lockport, NY
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    The Kenan Center is a community center for arts, education, and recreation serving the Lockport community. Its namesake building, the Kenan House, is an 1800s Victorian mansion and the source of some ghostly activity. Visitors have reported seeing the apparition of a young boy running and playing all around the building; there have also been sightings of other apparitions and strange... Read More

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  •   Pizza Hut in Centereach Centereach, NY
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    At one time this was the place of Jack in the Box and the place where allegedly a death occurred. Today it stands as Pizza Hut and patrons and employees have reportedly experienced haunting events onsite, including ghostly whispers in the bathroom, feelings of cold spots, and pots and pans that would randomly fall off the shelf. Read More

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  •   Pigman Road Angola, NY
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    Holland Road, better known by its nickname, Pigman Road, earned the moniker from the legend of a local butcher who would place the heads of pigs on stakes along the street in the 1950s and ‘60s. Some allege that the butcher shot a man to death and hung his body from a meat hook in his shop. The ghostly activity on Holland Road comes from a tragedy that predates the gristly butcher,... Read More

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  •   East Lake Road Cazenovia, NY
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    A witness reported a chilling experience on East Lake Road which took place in late autumn. He reports seeing two women—one young, one older—walking along the road in 18th-century clothing and stopping to try to help them. As he approached the pair, however, he noticed that his car’s headlights shined right through their bodies. Terrified, he stepped on the gas and sped away as fast he... Read More

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  •   Chandler Estate Mount Sinai, NY
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    Prior to turning into an apartment complex, it was a resort that overlooked Mt. Sinai Habor. The property burned down when it caught on fire and since then there have been stories told of it being home to spirits. The property became a location for cult activities and satanic activities, thus resulting in the name "Satan's Trail." There are those who claim they've seen the ghost of... Read More

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  •   Bull's Head Inn Cobleskill, NY
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    The Bull’s Head Inn was established in 1802, and has undergone a number of ownership changes over the centuries, alternating between an active inn and a private residence. Having recently renewed operations as a restaurant, it can once more be visited by ghost hunters hoping to catch a glimpse of one of its deceases residents, Mrs. John Stacy. Stacy has been seen wearing a white gown in... Read More

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  •   Lincoln Park Gully Albany, NY
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    In the late summer of 1626 a party of Mahican warriors and Dutch soldiers left Fort Orange led by the outpost’s superintendent, Daniel Van Kriekenbeek. The men intended to attack the Mohawks, but were caught off guard when the Mohawks instead ambushed them in what is today Lincoln Park. Most of the small group of Dutch soldiers and an unknown number of Mahicans were killed in the... Read More

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  •   Carnegie on 57 Liverpool, NY
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    Carnegie on 57 serves its patrons a variety of Italian-American dishes, but the pasta isn’t the only thing that makes the restaurant locally famous. Witnesses have reported seeing the apparition of a woman in the restaurant, and employees say that objects in the building will sometimes move on their own. The ghost is said to be that of one Lisa Siler, who was shot and killed in the... Read More

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    The Owego Restaurant & Pub occupies a historic building dating back to 1867. In addition to serving guests a variety of food and drinks, the restaurant also seems to host a few ghosts. Since the owner discovered a sealed room during renovations strange things have started happening in the building. A phantom dinner bell has begun to chime sporadically, and investigators managed to... Read More

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  •   The Thatched Cottage Centerport, NY
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    It is believed that a mysterious ghostly woman would roam from room to room. There are also those who claim to feel cold spots at the facility. While this property originally started as a restaurant, it's now a catering hall. It's gone through change and has also suffered, particularly from damages as a result of hurricanes Irene and Sandy. Read More

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  •   Lover's Lane Boonville, NY
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    During the 1700s Lover’s Lane in Boonville was part of a popular road used by French settlers on their way to Canada. Some settlers seem to have stuck around, as their ghosts can still be heard making a bit of noise at night. Locals say they have heard the sounds of wagon wheels creaking by. Read More

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  • Beardslee Castle Little Falls, NY
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    Beardslee Castle was first built in 1860 as a three-story replica of an Irish castle. It has been reconstructed twice after having burned down in two fires which occurred in 1919 and 1989. Today it operates as a restaurant, and diners have reported seeing paranormal happenings. Bright lights have been known to jump out at cars, causing auto accidents, and an apparition named Abagail has... Read More

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  •   New Michigan Road Victory, NY
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    New Michigan Road in Victory is alleged to be the site of a fatal carriage accident long ago. Details are sparse, but locals say a pair of newlyweds lost their lives in the accident, and ever since the road has been home to a ghostly lady in white. Perhaps it is the young bride, trying desperately to find her husband. Read More

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  •   St. Andrew's Church Staten Island, NY
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    The Church of St. Andrew is an Episcopal church found in Staten Island’s Richmondtown. Its congregation was formed in 1708 and the first church as built between 1712 and 1713. The building had been badly damaged sometime around 1867, and a new one was constructed in Gothic style in 1872. A small cemetery can be found in the churchyard, and in the back there is also a pet cemetery.... Read More

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  •   Echo Club Niagara Falls, NY
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    The Echo Club occupies a building that was built in 1885 as a 24-room mansion by Thomas V Welch. The Club today operates as a restaurant, bar, and theater, often hold interactive dinner theater events and providing tours of the historic building. The old mansion has long been rumored to be haunted by a malicious spirit who smashes plates, moves furniture, and screams at guests. There... Read More

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  •   Garrett Memorial Chapel Bluff Point, NY
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    The Garrett Memorial Chapel was erected by Evelyn and Paul Garrett to honor their son, Charles, who died of tuberculosis in 1929. Many of the Garrett’s children died young, and Charles was the only son to survive into adulthood. The chapel, which stands atop lands once used for the Garrett and Company winery, is rumored to be haunted by three spirits: a priest, a boy and a woman.... Read More

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  •   Cohoes Falls Cohoes & Waterford, NY
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    Cohoes Falls is a waterfall that runs off the Mohawk River between the city of Cohoes and the town of Waterford. It was originally named Ga-ha-oose, meaning “The Place of Falling Canoe.” Legend has it that a Native American girl was canoeing on the river one summer night when the current overtook her, forcing her to fall off the falls to her death. Her ghost has since been spotted on... Read More

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  •   Canfield Casino Saratoga Springs, NY
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    The Canfield Casino was a popular resort and casino for the wealthy during the late 19th century and remained so until anti-gambling laws put an end to its original business in the early 20th century. Today it is used as a dining hall which can be rented for weddings and other special events. If you decide to rent the building out, however, be warned that there may be a few uninvited... Read More

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  •   Jackson's Garden Schenectady, NY
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    Jackson’s Garden at Union College is said to be haunted by the ghost of a girl named Alice Van der Veer. Local legend states that Alice fell in love with a man of which her father did not approve, and to put a stop to their relationship the father killer her young lover. When word of the murder got out, an angry mob formed, capturing Alice and her father and burning them both alive in... Read More

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  •   Delaware Road Clarence Center, NY
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    Delaware Road has long been held to be haunted by the spirit of an old man. Passersby say that his apparition has walked down the road carrying a lantern, at times alone and at others accompanied by the ghost of a little girl. Some have also reported seeing strange animals that look like a cross between a horse and a dog on the road. Read More

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  •   Stony Brook Grist Mill Stony Brook, NY
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    While the original mill was built in 1699, it washed away during a flood but was rebuilt in 1751. The property is believed to be haunted. Some claim to have seen a man in colonial clothing, but then it would vanish. Others have also heard of haunted screams on the property. Read More

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  •   Port Jefferson Ferry Port Jefferson, NY
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    A ride on the Port Jefferson ferry line may have you seeing ghostly spirits. Riders have reportedly seen haunting figures while riding across the water including that of a man wearing a weathered captain's uniform. Read More

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    The New York State Education Department Building was constructed between 1908 and 1911 as the first major building in the US built solely to headquarter the administration of education. It also housed the New York State Museum for half a century and part of it was once used as the New York State Library. Objects in the building have been known to move on their own, and witnesses claim... Read More

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    Silvio’s Italian Villa occupies a building that dates back to the 18th century. It was first occupied by a Revolutionary War veteran named Levi Ellis and changed hands a number of times before being purchased by the Vail family. Tragedy struck in 1972 when Roy Vail’s sister was discovered murdered and suspicion was cast on Roy. Ten years later he committed suicide in the Peach Room.... Read More

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  •   North Lake Road Forestport, NY
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    North Lake Road in Forestport is the route taken by British soldiers after their defeat in the siege of Fort Stanwix. On some misty mornings the spirits of those soldiers will still flee down the road, reliving their flight long after it happened. Locals report hearing the moans of wounded soldiers and the creaking of wagon wheels. Read More

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  •   13 Curves Road Onondonga, NY
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    Some decades ago (accounts vary on exactly when) a newlywed couple was driving down the winding path that is Cedarvale Road. While driving around one of the curves for which the street has been given its local nickname, 13 Curves Road, the car veered out of control into a nearby creek; neither the bride nor the groom survived the crash. Since that fateful day, motorists have reported... Read More

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  •   Seneca Hill Ghost Oswego, NY
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    Seneca Hill, found on Route 57 in Oswego, is home to a rather terrified ghost. Many motorists have reported seeing a woman in her 30’s wearing nightgown running down the hill. She is often seen holding the hand of a girl approximately six years of age. The spirits vanish at the crest of the hill. Read More

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  •   Fire Island Lighthouse Bay Shore, NY
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    The Fire Island Lighthouse is a Long Island landmark that is well known among locals and can be spotted from a distance while driving down Ocean Parkway and while crossing over the Robert Moses bridges, heading to the beaches. The lighthouse is historical, and it's also believed to be quite haunted. Stories say it is haunted by the caretaker of the lighthouse who oversaw the... Read More

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  •   Wolfe's Pond Park Staten Island, NY
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    Wolfe’s Pond Park is one of the largest parks on Staten Island, providing residents a scenic beach as well as a wildlife and plant preserve. It is also the site of a tragic car crash in which two teens lost their lives. Locals say that the pair can still be seen along the park paths at around 2:00 AM, often calling out for their parents. Read More

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  •   Ogdensburg Public Library Ogdensburg, NY
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    The Ogdensburg Public Library, which can traces its services back to 1828, moved into its current building in 1895. Previously a residential mansion, the library suffered a fire during what was supposed to be a remodel between 1921 and 1922. Librarians working in the building have reported seeing apparitions and having other unusual experiences, but maintain the ghosts are of a friendly... Read More

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  •   Happy Valley WMA Williamstown, NY
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    Happy Valley was a wide farming area during the 19th century, but by the time of the Great Depression much of the land was exhausted and the inhabitants began to vanish from the region. Today it is a Wildlife Management Area, but visitors say that more than flora and fauna can be found here. Ghostly sightings and even UFO activity have been reported along the trails. Read More

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  •   Wayside Irish Pub Elbridge, NY
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    The Wayside Irish Pub in Elbridge offers locals a small pub atmosphere and plenty to drink. Occupying what was originally the Munro House built in the 1800s, ghostly activity has been reported in the pub since the 1960s. during renovations made necessary by a fire that cause significant damage to the building, passersby looked into the closed pub and saw a transparent woman in a gown... Read More

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  •   Old Stone Fort Schoharie, NY
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    The old stone Fort in Schohaire was originally built as a church in 1772, but was quickly converted into a fort at the onset of the American Revolution. It returned to its original purpose for several decades after the war’s end, but in 1844 its congregation split and built separate churches. The State purchased it in 1857, converting into an armory which remained active during the... Read More

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    St. Mark’s Church is the second-oldest church in Manhattan, and is said to be haunted by the foul-tempered spirit of a Dutch Colonial Governor named Peter Stuyvesant. The church building was built atop what was once the site of Stuyvesant’s family farm, and the angry old man seems none too pleased with that fact. His peg-legged apparition has been seen walking about the church, and has... Read More

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  •   Jayne's Hill Melville, NY
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    Jayne's Hill, which has also been called Oakley Hill or High Hill, is also the highest point on Long Island, it is said that Walt Whitman's ghost exists here. Some claim to have witnessed seeing his spirit walk or sing along the connecting trail. There have also been UFO rumors in the area. Read More

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    Two pairs of ghosts are rumored to haunt the Big Falls at Indian Falls in Corfu. A husband and wife allegedly visited the falls in the late 20th century; after the husband fell into the falls the wife leaped in after him, unwilling to live without her husband. Two brothers are also said to have drowned in the waters during the 1950s. Apparitions, orbs, and red lights have been seen in... Read More

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  •   The Anvil Inn Fort Edward, NY
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    The Anvil Inn Restaurant operates in an1840s blacksmith shop, furnished with period woodwork and a large stone fireplace, and decorated with blacksmith equipment. Walking in to the restaurant can make visitors feel like they’re stepping back in time, but the décor isn’t the only relic of a bygone era. Rumor has it that the inn is haunted by the ghost of a woman who will turn lights or... Read More

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    Saratoga National Historic Park stands on the site of a major American victory over British forces in a battle that took place in September of 1777. The battlefield if open to the public, and visitors have reported seeing the ghosts of men in Revolutionary garb. One incident involved a man in a three-cornered hat who approached a woman and told her he believed his own men shot and... Read More

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  •   Walnut West Apartments Camillus, NY
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    The Walnut West Apartments in Camillus are said to be haunted, and new residents allegedly move out very quickly. A young girl’s ghost has been spotted on premise; rumor has it that she was killed on the land where the apartment building now stands back when it was a farm. Read More

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  •   The Leopard at des Artistes New York, NY
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    Located in what was one the site of Hotel des Artistes, The Leopard has been serving fine Italian cuisine since 2011. Long before the restaurant opened however, visitors and residents of the building reported having ghostly encounters with a spirit named Valentino. His apparition has occasionally been seen by mirrors, and the smell of his exotic cologne often appears out of nowhere. Read More

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  •   Plumb Estate East Islip, NY
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    This state park was once the estate of a wealthy merchant by the name of J. Neale Plumb. Mr. Plumb committed murder on Alexander Masterton, Jr. by shooting him five times when there was conflict between the two. Mr. Plumb believed Mr. Masterton, Jr. was the cause of the rift he had with his children. Mr. Plumb eventually died of strep infection before he had the chance to stand trial.... Read More

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    Orchard Hall Restaurant in Sauquoit occupies a large home dating back to the early 1840s which is rumored to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. One of the women who used to live in the building, Julia, is said to haunt the its upper floor and is particularly fond of the Red Room where her rocking chair regularly moves by itself. Accounts of how Julia died conflict; some say... Read More

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  •   Sterling Road Durhamville, NY
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    Sterling Road is a long, winding street located just outside of Sylvan Beach; the road might be creepy enough in its own right at night, but there some strange things happening around it. Locals say they often hear high pitched screaming in the distance when they drive down Sterling Road, and some have seen phantom cars drive by then disappear. Activity is said to increase if you stop... Read More

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  • Lily Dale Assembly Lily Dale, NY
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    Lily Dale Assembly bills itself as the world’s largest center for spiritualism offering many lectures, workshops, and demonstrations by mediums daily. On the Assembly’s grounds are two areas believed to be haunted. The first is a part of the spiritual retreat called Inspiration Stump, found the end of the trail in Leolyn Woods, where both male and female entities are said to remain. The... Read More

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  •   Goshen Historic Track Goshen, NY
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    The Goshen Historic Track was founded in 1838 has been rumored to be haunted since the early 1900s. A jockey and his horse both drowned in the nearby lake, and their spirits seem to have never left the area. Visitors say they have seen the pair riding along the lake or chasing people through the dirt-road trails. Others report having heard the sound of horse hooves come from seemingly... Read More

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    The German-Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum in Buffalo was an expansion of St. Mary’s Church which was built between 1874 and 1875. Additional buildings were raised over the next few decades, and one had to be repaired after a fire broke out in 1919. Another fire destroyed the main building in 1956 and the orphanage closed a year later. The complex was closed some years later, and has been... Read More

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  • Jaquins Pond Clymer, NY
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    A swampy woodland bearing narrow dirt roads and three bridges, Jaquin’s Pond has long been the subject of rumors and local ghost stories. All three bridges are said to be haunted by a bus driver named George, who killed himself after his a little boy died on his bus in a vehicular accident. If you stop your car on the third bridge and say George’s name three times, he might appear... Read More

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  •   Paddy Reilly's Music Bar New York, NY
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    Named for one of Ireland’s most famed singer/guitarists, and a member of The Dubliners, Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar is a popular destination for New Yorkers looking to have a drink and catch a show. So popular, in fact, that many visitors seem to keep coming back after they’ve passed on! Witnesses say that they have heard voices and seen glasses move or bottles break after the bar has... Read More

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  •   Whiskey Hollow Road Memphis, NY
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    Local legend states that there have been many deaths along Whiskey Hollow Road. This desolate stretch of roadways has allegedly been the host of KKK and satanic cult meetings; both racially motivated killings and satanic sacrifices are rumored to have occurred here. Many of those sacrificed are said to have been children, which would explain why passersby have reported seeing a bloody... Read More

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  •   Sailors' Snug Harbor Staten Island, NY
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    Sailor’s Snug Harbor is a park, farm, botanical garden, and music hall which fulfills a variety of functions on Staten Island. It is open to visitors, many of whom have reported seeing apparitions while on the grounds. A lady in white has even appeared in photographs taken in the area. There is also a cottage on the grounds, The Matron's Cottage, or Matron's House, that is rumored to... Read More

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  •   Christ Episcopal Church Poughkeepsie, NY
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    The Christ Episcopal Church dates back to 1888 and has ties to previous church buildings from as far back as the mid 18th century. It is said to be haunted by several ghosts, including a disembodied face which floats in the air and laughs joyfully. Another spirit is that of an older female parishioner dressed in Sunday clothes who often sits on a pew halfway back. There is a third ghost... Read More

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  •   NYS Capitol Building Albany, NY
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    The New York State Capitol Building in Albany is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of spirits who walk its halls at night. One ghost is said to be the artist William Morris Hunt. Another is a night watchman who died in building fire that took place in 1911. Read More

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  •   Widow Susan Road Amsterdam, NY
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    Widow Susan Road is named for Susan Thomas, a woman married Harmanus DeGraff in 1838 and was widowed roughly ten years later with several children to raise on her own. Susan later relocated to Michigan, but her ghost still manifests on the road named after her in Amsterdam. Witnesses say that she wears an old-fashioned white dress and appears to be crying while searching for something.... Read More

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  •   Dutch's Spirits Pine Plains, NY
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    Now an active distillery open for group tours, Dutch’s Spirits was once an underground complex used by the mob to distill spirits during Prohibition. It was financed by gangster Dutch Schultz, for whom the current business is named. Visitors have claimed to have eerie feelings while inside, and others say they feel as though someone is watching them. Rumor has it that the place is... Read More

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  •   St. Paul's Chapel New York, NY
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    St. Paul’s Chapel is an Episcopal church and, having been built in 1764, is the oldest standing church in Manhattan. It is also the burial site of British actor George Frederick Cooke, who died in 1812 and allegedly donated his head to science. Since his burial in the church cemetery, visitors have reported seeing his ghost appear, searching the grounds endlessly for his missing head.... Read More

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  •   Miles Wine Cellars Himrod, NY
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    Miles Wine Cellars in Himrod is a winery, inn, and wedding venue that fully embraces its haunted history. A pair of spirits has been known to cause minor troubles around the house, slamming doors, moving objects, and waking the current owner in the middle night by pressing on his back. The ghostly couple has at times been seen embracing on the porch, and one of the two will appear on... Read More

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  •   Most Holy Trinity Church Brooklyn, NY
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    Most Holy Trinity Church was built between 1882 and 1885 on land that was used as a cemetery from 1841 to 1853. According to local rumors, not all of the bodies were exhumed from the graveyards, and the spirits of those left behind still inhabit the grounds to this day. Lights in the school gym have gone off and on for no reason, and at nighttime the sounds of footsteps walking back and... Read More

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  •   Van Cortlandt Park Bronx, NY
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    Situated in the northwest Bronx, Van Cortlandt Park is a 1,146 acre stretch of woodland and nature. It also features running trails, sports fields, a pool, stables, and a haunted house. The park is situated on the site of the Stockbridge Indian Massacre, a horrific event in which British soldiers hunted and killed more than three dozen Native Americans; their bodies were buried in the... Read More

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  •   Hanging Tree Patchogue, NY
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    Numerous deaths have occurred at this location near Swan River and Grove Avenue in Patchogue. During colonial times, it was the site of execution for women accused of witchcraft. In more recent times, there was a suicide committed here. There are numerous reports of the area being haunted. Some visitors have witnessed a ghostly lady in white, moving shadows, strange lights, and the... Read More

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  •   Tug Hill Annie Montague, NY
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    According to the 2010 national census, the tiny town of Montague is home to just 78 residents; however, there is one person that was likely not included in the survey. Anna Joan Machowski was born in 1917 and later married to a man named Alfred. She had four children before she was out of her twenties, but Anna was unhappy and took to drinking. On a night in 1954, while going out for... Read More

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  •   Spanky's Restaurant Massena, NY
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    Spanky’s Restaurant in Massena serves up classic American fare to its customers, however not all patrons are still among the living. Diners have experienced uneasy feelings, electronic voice phenomena, seen apparitions and orbs, and witnessed phantom faces. In one incident, a ghost reportedly tied together the shoelaces of a patron while she was eating. Read More

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  •   Il Buco New York, NY
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    Il Buco, a popular Italian restaurant in New York City, occupies the same building that once house a tavern frequented by Edgar Allan Poe. Its two-century-old wine cellar is rumored to be the inspiration for “The Cask of Amontillado,” and Poe’s ghost is said to still visit his old stomping ground from time to time. Other spirits have been seen and heard in the building as well,... Read More

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    The William Phelps General Store and Home Museum in Palmyra offers patrons a glimpse into the past and a chance to procure some old fashioned trinkets. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions, being touched by invisible hands, and hearing disembodied whispering and footsteps within the store. Those looking for a ghostly encounter of there are in luck, as the store offers guided ghost... Read More

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  •   Katie’s of Smithtown Smithtown, NY
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    Before the popular bar, the land was the place of a hospital in the late 19th century. In 1909, the hospital burnt to the ground and in the 1920s a new facility was built to operate as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Those to perished here are said to continue to haunt the property. There have been reports of ghostly figures dressed in 19th century clothing roaming the bar as well as... Read More

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  •   Frear Park Troy, NY
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    Frear Park is said to be haunted by a strange ghost beast that roams the grounds. The beast has been known to jump on cars, shaking them with the same force as a full-grown person sitting on the trunk. Claw marks have been scratched into a few vehicles as well. Read More

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  •   Scriba Intersection Oswego, NY
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    In the town of Scriba there is a particularly dangerous intersection bearing a two-way stop hidden behind a large hill. Due to the area’s poor visibility, there have been many car accidents at this intersection; sadly, more than a few of those crashed have been fatal. Locals have reported seeing apparitions of the deceased near the intersection. The ghosts appear in light shades of grey... Read More

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  •   Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Brentwood, NY
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    Many Long Islanders have heard of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, and even more have tried to explore it. The building dates back to October 1st, 1931, and at this time, it was the largest psychiatric hospital in the world. Its size has never been exceeded by any other facility, though it's now far smaller than it once was. In the 1950's is when the hospital began to do lobotomies... Read More

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    Serving fresh coffee and a full menu of tasty treats, Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary sets out to create a relaxing atmosphere for the local community to enjoy a soothing cup of coffee. It turns out, however, that the Professor’s coffee is strong enough to wake the dead! Patrons have reported seeing the specter of a man in a suit inside the building. Others have seen a woman appear in... Read More

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  •   Gulf Road Chittenango, NY
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    A dark, winding, heavily wooded path in Chittenango, Gulf Road is believed to be heavily haunted by locals. Shadow figures have been seen darting across the street, and the specter of a woman often stands on the side of the road. Some have seen white glowing orbs in the woods and heard unexplained noises on the road; others have reported burning crosses in the woods. Read More

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  •   The Dakota New York, NY
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    Built in 1884 across the street from Central Park, the iconic Dakota apartment building has often found itself in the public eye, though not always for the best of reasons. In 1968 it was the filming site for Roman Polanski’s classic Horror film, “Rosemary’s Baby.” In 1980 John Lennon was tragically shot to death by a deranged fan just outside of the Dakota, where he resided at the... Read More

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  •   Bannerman Castle Beacon, NY
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    Pollepel Island was long held to be haunted by the Native Americans indigenous to the area, a belief which was propagated by Dutch sailors. For most of its history the island remained uninhabited, but in 1901 Francis Bannerman began construction on a castle to be used as a massive storeroom for his armory. Construction was still not complete when Bannerman died in 1918 and ceased... Read More

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  •   Winery at Marjim Manor Appleton, NY
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    The Winery at Marjim Manor was established in 2003, but the development and surrounding farmland date all the way back to 1834 when Shubal Scudder Merritt purchased 205 acres of land and built a log cabin on it. Various members of Merritt’s family are said to still haunt the area, as are some of the subsequent occupants. Some visitors have even witnessed the ghost of a dog named Duke,... Read More

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  •   Durand Eastman Park Rochester, NY
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    A ghostly lady in white has been seen at numerous points in Durand Eastman Park. Local legend hold that she is the mother of a girl was murdered by her boyfriend, which falls in line with the spirit’s tendency to protect women and harry men she believes to be mistreating women. By some accounts she is also accompanied by the ghosts of two German shepherds. Read More

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  •   Broadalbin Hotel Broadalbin, NY
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    Built in 1854, the Broadalbin Hotel operated for many years as an actual hotel before being converted into the 1854 Pub & Eatery in 2007. When the building was still used for lodging guests would regularly report a ghostly presence sitting on their beds or turning lights on and off. Spirits in military uniforms have also been spotted, and guests of the new restaurant have reported... Read More

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    The historic Woolworth Estate dates back to 1916 and consists of the main residence, known as Winfield Hall, a garage with living quarters, a main entrance, two greenhouses and various landscape features including a tea house. The estate was destroyed in a fire in its early years, and Frank Winfield Woolworth decided to work on building Winfield Hall. The house ended up costing a... Read More

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    Smalley’s Inn was first built by James Smalley in 1852 and operated as a hotel for decades before burning to the ground in a fire that swept through Camel in 1924. The hotel was rebuilt and sold to private business owners; during the 1950s it was converted into an Italian restaurant. It also appears to be quite haunted. Paranormal activity in the building has long been noted, but that... Read More

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  •   Calaboose Grille Owego, NY
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    The Calaboose Grille occupies a building that was built over a century ago to be the Owego Town Jail. Its foundation was laid down by prisoners on a chain gang, and some say that a few of the prisoners have stayed behind. Details are scarce, but the building is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of those who built it. Read More

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    The Rochester Public Library has long been rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman who drowned in a nearby aqueduct and was found wedged in a tunnel under the library. A librarian named Frank is also said to still come to the library, despite having died of a heart attack long ago. Visitors have reported hearing unexplained noises, including moans and footsteps, and seeing... Read More

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  •   Hangman’s Elm New York, NY
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    Hangman’s Elm, sometimes referred to as The Hanging Tree, is and English Elm found in the northwest corner of Washington Square Park. In 1989 it was determined to be 310 years old, making it the oldest known tree in all of Manhattan. The site was allegedly used for corporal punishment during the 1800s, and may have been used as an Indian burial ground prior to that. Witnesses say they... Read More

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  •   McCaren Park Brooklyn, NY
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    McCarren Park was established over a century ago and recently underwent massive renovations. The park’s features include several fields, pools, and an invisible ghost girl! Visitors have reported feeling cold spots, seeing orbs, and hearing voices. The park is also said to be the site of three deaths; one man was allegedly murdered here, and two drowned after sneaking into a pool after... Read More

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  •   The Campbell Apartment New York, NY
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    Despite its name, the Campbell Apartment was never an actual apartment building. It was once the office of Credit Clearing House president John Campbell, and is currently the site of bar and cocktail lounge. The building is rumored to be haunted by Campbell himself, who dies in 1957; guests and employees have reported hearing phantom organ music, feeling gusts of cold air come from... Read More

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  •   Holy Cross Seminary Site Dunkirk, NY
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    Built in the early 1920s by the Catholic Church’s Passionist Movement, the Holy Cross Seminary acted a prep school for around forty years before closing in 1968. It was demolished in the mid 1980s, leaving behind only ruins of the chapel and driveway. A ghostly priest is said to still appear during the daytime, bowing his head and quickly vanishing. Read More

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    Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse is, as the name implies, an active lighthouse off the coast of Oswego. It was built in 1934 to replace a previous lighthouse constructed half a century prior. Local legend holds that the area around the lighthouse has been haunted since 1942, when six members of the lighthouse crew were in a boat that collided with a breakwall. The crew drowned,... Read More

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  •   Sweet Hollow Road Huntington, NY
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    Several ghost legends exist on this road. It sits next to Mount Misery and is reportedly a site of several tragic events, including the school bus full of kids that skidded off the bridge above Sweet Hollow Road on a snowy day and killed everyone on board; the three boys who died hanging themselves from the overpass; the children who were abused and killed while attending a day camp... Read More

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  •   Buffalo Central Terminal Buffalo, NY
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    The Buffalo Central Terminal was built in the early 20th century, opening but a few months before the start of the Great Depression. The station fell into disuse in the later portion of the century, but work to restore the Art Deco building began in the 2010s. Visitors to the old terminal say that it is haunted by the spirits of old passengers who can sometimes be seen waiting for a... Read More

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    The Country Club of Troy was established in 1925 as a private club and golf course. During the '70s a waitress who worked at the clubhouse drove off a bridge in icy conditions. Her spirit is said to still haunt the club grounds, and some say her footsteps can be seen leading into the woods when it snows. Read More

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  •   Gray Road Minetto, NY
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    Gray Road has long been rumored to be haunted by locals. The desolate street has only two houses on it; on one end is a house known to sometimes bear a dozen lit candles in the window, and on the other is a house near the railroad tracks. Urban legends claim that a murder-suicide once occurred on the road, and that a group of school children were killed when their wagon got stuck on the... Read More

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  •   Old Morton Salt Plant Himrod, NY
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    The Old Morton Salt Plant was once an active salt mine, but has closed down and been left abandoned. Rumor has it that several cave-ins occurred before the mine was closed, and that several workers lost their lives in each one. Locals say that the spirits of those who died in the mines still linger here; there are even reports of phantom mine cars still travelling through the plant. Read More

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  •   USS The Sullivans Buffalo, NY
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    Commissioned in 1943, the USS The Sullivans served the US military for 22 years before being decommissioned and eventually brought to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. The ship was named after five brothers who all served on the same ship in World War II, the USS Juneau, and lost their lives when it was sunk by a Japanese submarine. One of the brothers, George Sullivan,... Read More

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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea is a restaurant located between 7th Ave South and W 4th Street. It was also the former site of a carriage house and owned by Vice President Aaron Burr. The restaurant is said to be haunted by 20 ghosts, including Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, who has appeared to guests in the mezzanine. Other ghostly happenings include the random sound of glasses clinking in... Read More

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  •   The Church of St Barnabas Irvington, NY
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    The Church of St. Barnabas in Irvington is an Episcopal house of worship dating back to the mid-19th century, built in the Gothic Revival style. It is also alleged to be haunted by the spirit of its founder, John McVickar, as well as a woman who may have been his wife. The female ghost is drawn to the children of pastors who live in the rectory and will often visit them at night; in the... Read More

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  •   Brickyards Warners, NY
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    Camillus is renowned for its Onondaga Brick, which has prompted the creation of many brickyards in the area. One such yard is rumored to be haunted, and some say it is even inhabited by a gargoyle that awakes at midnight! Strange winds that only hit certain people have been reported, and flashlights have malfunctioned while on the grounds only to return to normal after leaving. Read More

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  •   The Van Dyck Lounge Schenectady , NY
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    The Van Dyck Lounge was founded in 1947 as a Jazz lounge, drawing performances from legends such as Roy Eldridge, Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, More Allison, Thelonious Monk, and others with its fantastic acoustics. After falling into disarray, the lounge was revitalized between 2009 and 2011, with its new owners restoring its classic look and onsite brewery. There is more... Read More

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  •   Country House Restaurant Stony Brook, NY
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    This property dates back to 1710. It started out as a family home with a farm to the side. When the Revolutionary War was going on, it housed British troops. Apparently, Annette Williamson was responsible for looking after the home while her parents were away to check on another farm owned in New Jersey, but instead of looking after it, she allowed the British troops to occupy the... Read More

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  •   White Horse Tavern New York, NY
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    Established in 1880, the White Horse Tavern is the second oldest continuously running tavern in New York City. It was originally popular with longshoreman, but in the 1950s it had started to be frequented by writers and artists. Among them the famous Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, was quite fond of the bar—a bit too fond, in fact. On November 4th, 1953, Thomas came into the bar for a drink... Read More

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  •   Guptills Woods Latham, NY
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    Guptills Woods on Pollock Road has long been rumored to be haunted, as has a house found in the middle of the trees. Passersby have reported light orbs and strange sets of eyes without faces peering out from the dark. Some visitors even say that they have heard singing while in the woods. Read More

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  •   2 Weaver Street Scarsdale, NY
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    Located on a cross-section of five different roads, this yellow stucco'ed French chateau has undergone a great many changes in owners and occupants since being built in 1924. In addition the wide array of businesses that have called the building home, however fleetingly, there are also rumors that it was used as a speakeasy during the 1920s and a brothel in the ‘60s. Perhaps the reason... Read More

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    This campus dates back to 1712 and features a three-story windmill that stands as one of Long Island's oldest. Relocated in 1890 from Southampton Town, it served as a landmark for seafaring ships, before standing at its present location, as part of the Claflin Estate. The windmill was also once used as a former cottage and housed guests like Tennessee Williams, who reportedly created... Read More

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  •   Lakeview Station West Hempstead, NY
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    The Lakeview Station in West Hempstead is reported to be home to the ghost of an elderly man. His pale blue spirit has been seen walking and floating across the train tracks and in front of houses for brief periods of time before disappearing. Some residents have even reported seeing the man in their houses, much to the fright of their pets. Witnesses have also heard a disembodied voice... Read More

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  •   Clinton Arena Clinton, NY
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    The Clinton Arena is an indoor recreation center built in the late 1940s, and rebuilt after a fire in 1954. Its ice skating rink is open for public skating and is also used by an indoor hockey league, and a variety of fairs and shows are held inside during the summer. The building is said to be haunted by a ghost some have taken to calling Lucy. Seats in the stands are sometimes folded... Read More

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  • Downing Park Newburgh, NY
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    Downin Park in Newburgh is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little boy. Locals say the spirit can be seen by the park’s Lake, sobbing, or in the water making bubbles. He is allegedly the spirit of a boy who drowned in the lake, and will scream if he sees children get too close to the water’s edge. Read More

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  •   Spook Hill Middlesex, NY
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    Spook Hill is well known to local residents, though the exact source of its haunting is unclear. Whatever the reason, a very strange phenomenon can occur when driving down Newell Road. If you drive your car over the top of the hill and stop between a driveway and Spike Road, then put the car in neutral, a mysterious force will push your car back up the hill! Read More

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    A designated landmark of New York City, the James Brown House was first built for its namesake, a black man who served as an aide to George Washington during the Revolution. Throughout the centuries since, the building has been used as a dining room, bar, smuggler’s den, boarding house, brothel, and Prohibition speakeasy. Today it is home to the Ear Inn, a popular bar named after the... Read More

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  •   The Village Casino Bemus Point, NY
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    The Village Casino is a waterside restaurant and bar which also holds special events and dance parties throughout the year. Visitors say that the building is haunted by the ghost of a teenaged chef named Jordan Basile who died in an explosion caused by a malfunctioning oven. Jordan makes himself known by stealing food and causing dancers to trip on the dance floor; he is also said to... Read More

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