If you’re in New York City this weekend you might be looking for some Halloween themed entertainment. In that vein I thought this might be a good opportunity to point out some haunted historical spots and give a guide to anyone who wants a haunted tour of New York City. In a very strange coincidence, all these spots turned out to be restaurants.
The oldest haunted spot on this list is the Bridge Café. It is located at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side. The Bridge Café became a drinking establishment in 1847, making it the oldest surviving bar in the City, but the building dates back to 1794. The building has served as a brothel, a pirate bar, a packing store, and multiple restaurants. People have reported seeing strange shadows, hearing strange noises, feeling watched, and an inexplicable smell of lavender. In particular, the building’s famous bouncer. Gallus Mag, is said to haunt the establishment today. Ms. Mag was over six feet tall and apparently was known to bite off the ear of an offending patron that she was throwing out.
The next haunted eatery has a ghoulish tale to go along with its paranormal activity. In SoHo, the Manhattan Bistro sits on a spot where a young woman was murdered by her fiancé. In 1799, Levi Weeks threw Elma Sands into a well. People apparently drank from this well for over a week until her body was found. Today, the well sits next to the desk of Manhattan Bistro’s manager. There have been reports of sharp whispers, doors inexplicably locking, and the sound of a woman in heels trying to flee. Finally, you might see inexplicable steam rising from the floorboards.
This last one isn’t as haunted as some other spots but it is very historical so you’ll have to forgive me. One if By Land, Two if By Sea is in Aaron Burr’s Greenwich Village carriage house. Supposedly, Burr’s daughter, Theodosia, returned to haunt the carriage house after she disappeared at sea. While no one knows exactly what happened to her, it is possible the she was in a shipwreck or forced to walk the plank by pirates. Staff have quit after being shoved up and down the staircase by invisible hands and female patrons have reported their earrings being stolen while sitting at the bar.
So this weekend, when you find yourself a little hungry, visit one of these historical restaurants and keep a look out for these ghosts while enjoying the ambience and the delicious food.