Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Spirits of New York
The Chelsea Hotel is chock full of prominent dead people...Sid Vicious' wandering spirit is said to hang out around the elevator.
Down the Hudson, south of Sleepy Hollow, New York City has its own haunts and legends of restless spirits reports a recent New York Post article that cites a list of the top haunted sites in town. The list was compiled by FindingDulcinea, a new, hand edited, Web guide site, which says that "You can scarcely walk a block in Manhattan without encountering a haunted landmark". Really?
Among the places it selected is The Chelsea Hotel. The Post's Fermino writes "Prefer your phantoms more famous? The Chelsea Hotel is chock full of prominent dead people...Dylan Thomas, Eugene O'Neill, and Thomas Wolfe supposedly have all been spotted at the West 23rd Street landmark and Sid Vicious' (pictured) wandering spirit is said to hang out around the elevator." The Algonquin, The Dakota, Washington Square Park, The Bridge Cafe, Mark Twain's residence, Old St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Morris-Jumel mansion all made the list too. I learned a few haunting facts here, such as that public hangings took place in Washington Square Park back in the 1800's. There are snippets of gore mixed with a bit of NYC history, in a fun diversion today, as we wait for news of the Fed's adjustment (or not) of interest rates and see whether the markets get spooked too. I'm off early today to trick or treat with my little one. Enjoy!