Explore the Mysterious Side of New York

Monday, January 08, 2018

New York City is a bustling, dazzling city with many beautiful and stunning famous landmarks. Its people are stylish, confident, and perpetually on the go. This is the idea that most people have of New York, and it’s a pretty accurate one. NYC is all these things, but what you may not know is that the city also has a mysterious side. Here are some of New York’s most intriguing secrets.

Paranormal Activity In The Village

Greenwich Village on the west side of Lower Manhattan is known for being an artists’ haven. It is for its quirky, bohemian vibe, and is home to many art galleries, quaint boutiques, and jazz lounges, as well as the ghosts of New York City. Dating all the way back to the 16th century, the Village has a rich and complex history. It was the scene of several tragic events, such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. Today, it is the site of many reported hauntings and paranormal activity.

If you want to learn more about the city’s dark and fascinating history, New York ghost tours are absolutely the way to go. On these nightly walking tours, you will be led through the streets and historic buildings of Greenwich Village by a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide, who will tell you all about reported sightings in the area. These aren’t just made up ghost stories; these are actual accounts backed up by witnesses and research.

Clandestine Train Platforms

These days, the rich and famous all use private jets and decoys to escape quickly from the public eye. Back in the day, private train stations actually existed to help them get in and out of places without being seen. One such station is Track 61, a secret train platform buried under the historic Waldorf Astoria. Renowned VIPs such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Andy Warhol used this platform to exit and enter the hotel virtually unnoticed. Today, the train tracks are closed to public, but if you look right out of the window of certain Metro-North trains as you depart, you might just catch a glimpse.

Spooky Marble Cemeteries

Tucked away in the East Village is the oldest public non-sectarian cemetery in NYC, the New York City Marble Cemetery. Also known as the Second Avenue Cemetery, it was incorporated in 1831, with most of the interments taking place between then and 1870. The deceased are all in below ground vaults made of solid white Tuckahoe marble, and there are no gravestones, only an eerie sense of calm pervading the place. If you'd like to go on a tour, they are usually only conducted once a month. But if you have unconventional tastes, you could always rent the place out and host a garden party—or even a wedding.

These are just some of the mysterious secrets and intriguing spots that can be found on almost every corner in New York. Everywhere you go in this vast and multifaceted city, you can unearth a wealth of history and fascinating stories from the past. The next time you visit, be sure to make time to visit some of these sites along with the usual popular tourist attractions.

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