Want the perfect listening for a cold autumn evening? Looking for some interesting history with a side of urban folklore?
Here is our complete podcast collection of Bowery Boys Ghost Stories of Old New York Halloween specials. Creep yourself out while listening to these spooky legends of New York City. From the haunted woods of Van Cortlandt Park to spirits haunting Captain Kidd’s treasure on Liberty Island. Psychics at Carnegie Hall, restless souls in NoHo, unsettling spirits in Cobble Hill, undead party animals at Grand Central!
Play them at the links below or find them wherever you find podcasts. (Just search for Octobers past in our podcast feed.)
You can also find a map pinpointing the locations of all these places at the bottom of this article.
Near Madison Square Park, an eccentric writer posts a classified ad, hoping to rent out an attic room with a unique feature — a terrifying ghost. Out at the Conference House in Staten Island, some residents from the Revolutionary War period may still wander its ancient hallways. On the Upper East Side, a lavish penthouse ballroom may be permanently vexed with the ghost of a testy spirit named Mrs. Spencer. And for the first time in Bowery Boys ghost-stories history, Greg and Tom record a segment of the show — from within an actual haunted house. Merchant’s House docent Carl Raymond joins them for a close look at the life of Gertrude Tredwell and the rooms where she lived and died — and may, to this very day, haunt.
Why is Hell’s Kitchen specifically a place where the natural and supernatural uneasily meet? A popular film and television actress finds her townhouse haunted with a hungry, hungry spirit. Clinton Court, tucked away from the street, holds a trio of tragic stories and a legion of ghosts that still vex this spot. And Landmark Tavern still hosts both a Confederate veteran and a charming movie star who hasn’t let death prevent him from visiting his favorite haunt. PLUS: The Exorcist?!
We cautiously approach the dark secrets of Greenwich Village, best known for bohemians, shady and winding streets and a deeply unexpected history. You will never look at its parks and townhouses again after this show! Featuring: The hidden history of Washington Square Park; the Brittany Residence Hall for New York University students; James Walker Park with its secrets underfoot; and an old Bank Street townhouse with a surprise in its ceiling.
Highlighting haunted tales from the period just after the Civil War when New York City became one of the richest cities in the world — rich in wealth and in ghosts! In the Bronx once stood a haunted house in the area of Hunts Point, a mansion of malevolent and disturbing mysteries. Then we turn to Manhattan to a rambunctious poltergeist on fashionable East 27th Street. Over in Queens, a lonely farmhouse in the area of today’s Calvary Cemetery is witness to not one, but two unsettling and confounding deaths. And finally, in Staten Island, we take a visit to the glorious Vanderbilt Mausoleum, a historic landmark and a location with a few strange secrets of its own.
2015 Haunted Landmarks of New York
Ghost stories associated with the city’s most popular and recognizable places from baby-faced spooks at the Dakota Apartments to spirited revelers at Grand Central Terminal. What’s still lurking in the hallways of the Chelsea Hotel? And whatever you do tonight, do not linger too long on the Brooklyn Bridge at night! A figure from the bridge’s past may still be looking for his head.
2014 Ghost Stories of Brooklyn
Four tales of spirits haunting Brooklyn back in the 19th century when it was still an independent city. A horrific gangly ghost on the railroad tracks, a historic Clinton Hill home with an invisible hand that would not stop knocking, a Coney Island hotel in 1894 with a secret in room 30, and the wacky wraiths of Bushwick’s Evergreens Cemetery.
Tales set mostly before the 1840s featuring sinister stories of murder, shipwreck and death by fright! Spirits of dead Lenape Indians may haunt the forest of Van Cortlandt Park. A romantic West Village restaurant finds its home inside the former carriage house of Aaron Burr. Might the vice president still be visiting? We bring you the legend of an old Brooklyn fort that once sat in Cobble Hill and terrified those who traveled along on old Red Hook Lane. And finally, over at St Paul’s Chapel, a respected old actor wanders the churchyard, looking for his body parts.
2012 Mysteries and Magicians of New York
Grab a drink at the Ear Inn, one of New York’s most historically interesting bars, and you might meet Mickey, the drunken sailor-ghost. A frightening story of secret love at old Melrose Hall conjures up one of Brooklyn’s most popular ghostly legends. A woman is possessed through a Ouija board, but while she accept the challenge by one of New York’s first ghostbusters? And a tale of Harry Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the line between the supernatural and mere sleight of hand.
2011 Haunted Histories of New York
What’s horrors are buried at the foot of the Statue of Liberty? What’s below a Brooklyn Catholic church that makes it so dreadfully haunted? What ghost performs above the heads of theatergoers at The Palace? And what is it about the Kreischer Mansion that makes it Staten Island’s most haunted home?
2010 Supernatural Stories of New York
The scary revelations of a New York medium, married Midtown ghosts who fight beyond the grave, a horrific haunting at a 14th Street boardinghouse, and the creepy tale of New York’s Hart Island.
2009 Haunted Tales of New York: Urban Phantoms
The secrets of the restless spinster of the Merchants House, the jovial fright of the Gay Street Phantom, the legend of the devil at Spuyten Duyvil Creek, and the spirit of a dead folk singer.
2008 Spooky Stories of New York
The drunken spirits of the Algonquin, the mysteries of a hidden well in SoHo, the fires of the Witch of Staten Island, and ‘the most haunted brownstone in New York’.
2007 Ghost Stories of New York
The ghosts of a tragic Ziegfeld girl, a scandalous doyenne of old New York, a bossy theater impresario and the ghoulish bell-ringer of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery.
Here are the locations mentioned in all of our ghost podcasts:
- Conference House, 1905 (Courtesy Museum of the City of New York)
- The Haunted Castle’ attraction at the Hoppings festival in Newcastle. (Tyne and Wear Archives)
- Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old, 1887 (Internet Archive Book Images)
- The Bells, 1920 (Internet Archive Book Images)
- Mémoires récréatifs, scientifiques et anecdotiques du physicien-aéronaute E.G. Robertson (Internet Archive Book Images)
- “Rhyme and Reason” (1901) (Internet Archive Book Images)
- Still from the Fritz Lang film Dr. Mabuse
- “Two of William Hope’s friends lean on their motor car whilst a figure – the couple’s deceased son – is revealed at the wheel.” Photo by William Hope (1920) (National Media Museum)
- Ghosts, The Oracle (1919) (Internet Archive Book Images)
- The funny side of physic : or, The mysteries of medicine, presenting the humorous and serious sides of medical practice. An exposé of medical humbugs, quacks, and charlatans in all ages and all countries” (1874) (Internet Archive Book Images)
TOP IMAGE: “Illustrated Police News,” 1881