12 Gay Street

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It’s a historic brick townhouse, built in 1827, and it was once a speakeasy called Pirate’s Den. So of course, it has to have a ghost! The townhouse has been home to former New York City mayor Jimmy Walker and Howdy Doody puppet designer Frank Paris. The ghost’s identity is not certain, but witnesses say an apparition of a man in a top hat has been seen through its windows, leading many to speculate that it’s former mayor Walker. Floorboards have been known to creak at night as well.

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Geographic Information

Address:
12 Gay St
New York, NY
United States

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GPS:
40.7335905, -74.0005974
County:
New York County, New York
Nearest Towns:
New York City, NY (1.4 mi.)
Hoboken, NJ (1.8 mi.)
Weehawken, NJ (2.7 mi.)
Long Island City, NY (2.8 mi.)
Union City, NJ (3.4 mi.)
West New York, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Manhattan, NY (3.9 mi.)
Guttenberg, NJ (4.0 mi.)
Jersey City, NJ (4.1 mi.)
North Bergen, NJ (4.9 mi.)

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