136 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
Formally known as the Leffers-Laidlaw House, this beautiful estate in the Wallabout neighborhood was a common sight of strange activity in December 1878. Every night for three weeks, the doorbell rang, doors opened and rattled, and bricks flew through windows. Police staked out the house, set traps, and searched for a mechanical explanation but nothing was ever found.
Edgar Allan Poe’s House
From 1844 until 1846, Edgar Allan Poe lived here at 85 West 3rd Street. However, in 2001, the building was demolished to build NYU’s Furman Hall. The exterior facade recreates Poe’s house but the only original structure left standing from it is the banister inside. Students have said that they see the ghost of Poe hanging out on the banister.
Anderson Cooper’s House
Right across from Furman Hall, at 84 West 3rd Street, is an old firehouse that Anderson Cooper purchased and remodeled in 2010. Firefighters that used to work in the building claim to have seen the ghost of “Firefighter Schwartz” who hanged himself inside after learning about his wife’s infidelity in the 1930s.
The first luxury apartment building in New York City (and perhaps the most famous apartment building in the world, was built in 1884 and has a long history of paranormal activity. John Lennon last lived here and was shot and killed in the entrance. Yoko Ono claims to have seen his ghost sitting at the piano.
The Merchant’s House Museum
Deemed as “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by The New York Times, this residence is the only 19th century home that is completely preserved in New York City. It is said to be haunted by the Tredwell family, who lived in the house for nearly 100 years. Now open to the public, the house is known for paranormal activity and strange happenings.
House of Death
This famous residence in which Mark Twain resided in 1900-1901 is supposedly haunted by over 20 ghosts. The ghost of Twain dressed in a white suit has been seen in the home and one woman claims he even spoke to her, saying “My name is Clemens and I has a problem here I gotta settle.” In 1987, former New York criminal defense attorney Joel Steinberg beat his 6-year old adopted daughter to death. He was released from prison in 2004 but the spirit of little Lisa still haunts the house.
57 West 57th Street
In the 1920s, showgirl Edna Crawford was beaten to death with a telephone in her penthouse by her badtempered lover Charles Brazelle. Her bodyguards then threw Brazelle out the window. After a few years of sitting vacant, Carlton Alsop rented out the penthouse and was immediately tormented by ghostly arguing and sounds of Edna’s high heels walking on the floor. Alsop’s dogs had nervous breakdowns, his wife left him, and Alsop was committed to a mental institution. Neighbors still say they hear the sounds of Edna’s last days.
12 Gay Street
Built in 1827 and formerly used as a speakeasy, the property was purchased by former New York City mayor Jimmy Walker as a place for his mistress to stay. Now, it is rumored to creak with footsteps and sights of flappers and men in top hats are seen walking in the windows and on the street outside.