A Haunted City: A Look at Some of NYC's Spookiest Sights
New York City is an old and mysterious place, with hidden fortesses, secret subway platforms, and ghosts of lingering spirits, you'd be wise to think twice before embarking upon some aimless night wandering. However, since Halloween does has a way of inspiring the reckless daredevil in all of us, we thought we'd give you a taste of NYC's paranormal side with a quick look at a couple of the city's most haunted attractions...
Track 61 - Secret Waldorf-Astoria Hotel Subway Platform
Located behind a locked door on 49th Street, is a secret train platform that Franklin F. Roosevelt and other VIPS used to enter the Waldorf-Astoria. However, the abandoned station, which has been out of service for decades, isn't just a historic relic of the past--the station still houses the same trains tracks, train car, and even an extra large elevator (specially designed to accommodate FDR's car, an armor-plated Pierce Arrow). Unfortunately for us, Track 61 remains closed to the public, but we can still revel in the nostalgia in the meantime, you can still browse phot but browse the pics above
One If By Land, Two If By Sea
If upscale dining scene is more your taste, visit One If By Land Two If By Sea in NYC's West Village for a truly harrowing culinary experience. Aside from boasting an excellent seared foie gras, this West Village restaurant enjoys a eerily high ghost-to-human ratio, most notably the ghost of a Mr. Aaron Burr--founding father and famous duelist. Patrons of the swanky establishment have reported mysterious sightings and unexplained "mishaps". One maître d'reportedly quit after repeatedly being "shoved" down the stairs by one of the restaurant's many spirits. (Side note: if you're game enough to brave this haunted establishment, order the Beef Wellington--you won't regret it.)
The Museum of the Moving Image
Major film buffs will thoroughly enjoy the Museum Moving of the Image's extensive collection of film/television memorabilia. Located in the heart of Astoria, Queens; this museum's high-points aren't just limited to professional-level recording rooms and interactive TV/film exhibits--stick around after hours and you might caught a few paranormal glimpses. Patrons have reported strange echoing, as well as an unidentified woman in a white dress behind the security desk after-hours.
Feeling particularly daring? Trek down to Fort Totten, located in the northeast of Queens, for a spooky walk through history. These partially abandoned camp grounds may be tricky to classify--the site is part public park, part active training facility, and home to dozens of half collapsed buildings and defense structures--but make no mistake, these grounds aren't for the faith of heart, or even an idle-minded explorer. With wild raccoons and a myriad of semi-collapsed structures, you'd be well advised to think twice before stumbling here on a whim.
85 West 3rd Street
Literary nerds will get a kick of this one--if you ever find yourself wandering about Greenwich Village, be sure to swing past 85 West 3rd; former home and residence of poet Edgar Allan Poe, who famously penned "The Raven" while living there. The location, now a NYU building, has been renovated in its entirety; only a single banister remains from the former layout, and some have spied Poe lingering near it.