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Gotham’s Greatest Ghosts: The Bowery Boys Halloween Specials

This year we are celebrating our 15th year of telling New York City ghost stories. Fifteen years?! Now that’s frightening.

Our first show was released on October 11, 2007. Since that time we have released fourteen Halloween-related shows (from 2007 to 2020) as well as a recording of our Joe’s Pub live show.

So for this 15th annual Bowery Boys Halloween ghost story podcast, Greg and Tom taking a look back at their favorites (and yours), the tales which have stayed with us — which have possessed us — like a persistent phantom who refuses to leave.

FEATURING THESE SPOOKY STORIES:

— The Brooklyn poltergeist at the heart of an unsolved 19th century mystery
— A haunted Hell’s Kitchen townhouse tormented by a ravenous spirit
— An historic tavern with a very famous, very randy ghost
— A famous apartment building with mysterious people who walk through walls

AND Greg and Tom re-visit and re-tell their favorite ghost story from their very first podcast. Does Olive Thomas still haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre?

AND after you’re finished with this show, take a trip down memory lane with a re-listen to all our past Halloween shows.

Listening tip: The episodes do get better with each passing year so start with the newest one and work your way back to 2007.

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, unsettling spirits in Cobble Hill, undead party animals at Grand Central!

Play them at the links below or find them on your favorite podcast players.

And if you have Spotify, you can find all of our Ghost Stories podcasts in one special playlist: [Listen here]


2020 — Literary Horrors of New York City

We present classic tales of the strange and supernatural written by the most famous horror writers in New York City history.

— A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving‘s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” featuring the Headless Horseman and the backstory of this classic story’s creation;

— The unsettling nights of H.P. Lovecraft in Brooklyn where his xenophobia, racism and anxiety manifest into a pair of dark, claustrophobic tales, plucked from the waterfront and the West Village;

— A bizarre and allegedly true story (or is it an urban legend?) of an unconventional jewel thief named Fanchon Moncare, made famous by that 20th century purveyor of all things unbelievable — Robert Ripley;

— And a look at the life of Patricia Highsmith — celebrating the 100th anniversary of her birth a bit early — whose nasty little tales of mad murderers have inspired Hollywood and unsettled a new generation of suspense lovers.


2020 — Ghost Stories of Old New York (ALIVE at Joe’s Pub 2019)

A very special Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast presentation, recorded live on Halloween Night 2019 at Joe’s Pub. Prepare to hear new versions of your favorite ghost stories including:

— A Brooklyn house haunting that may be related to the spirits from a colonial-era prison ship;

— A famous murder trial from the year 1800 and a mysterious well which still stands in the neighborhood of SoHo;

— The ghosts (or other supernatural entities) which guard the treasure of the famous Captain Kidd; and

— The mournful secrets of a famed Broadway theater and the inner demons of a Hollywood icon.

With an ALL NEW GHOST STORY — WHO HAUNTS THE FORMER ASTOR LIBRARY?


2019Haunted Houses of Old New York

Near Madison Square Park, an eccentric writer posts a classified ad, hoping to rent out an attic room to a prospective subletter. Unfortunately the room already an occupant — a greenish ghost with a troubling Civil War history.

— The Conference House in Staten Island played an interesting role in the Revolutionary War, and some residents from that 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. Can a legendary funny lady and a Vodou priestess manage to keep the ghoul under control?

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.


2018The Ghosts of Hell’s Kitchen

The Manhattan neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen has a mysterious, troubling past. So what happens when you throw a few ghosts into the mix?

— The troubling tale of a 1970s motion picture classic that may have left a sinister mark on West 54th Street

— The haunted home of a popular film and TV actress, possessed with very hungry ghost

— An enchanting courtyard layered with several horrifying ghost stories

— And the shenanigans at a 150-year-old tavern where the beer and the spirits flow freely.


2017 Ghosts of Greenwich Village

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.


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2016 Ghosts of the Gilded Age

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.


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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. Featuring an 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.


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2013 Early Ghost Stories of Old New York

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.-

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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 Theatre?

And what is it about the Kreischer Mansion that makes it Staten Island’s most haunted home?


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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.


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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’.


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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:

Most of the public domain spooky images in this post come from the Internet Book Archive.

2 replies on “Gotham’s Greatest Ghosts: The Bowery Boys Halloween Specials”

Spine-chilling stories, haunted tales and Sheryl “Crow”…this is how I got hooked on The Bowery Boys. My first ever Bowery Boys podcast was Spooky Stories of New York and that was it for me. I knew I found my people.

You seemed to have failed to mention, unless I missed it, one the the great and most mysterious of all hauntings, that of St. Mark’s-on-the-Bowery!

Peter Stuyvesant will never forgive you… be afraid… be very afraid……

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