St. Paul's Chapel

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St. Paul’s Chapel is New York’s oldest public building that is still in use, and is the burial place for British actor George Frederick Cooke. Legend has it that to settle his towering debt, he agreed to leave his head to science. So, since his 1812 death, his ghost is sometimes said to appear looking through the cemetery for his head. But apparently his reunion with his noggin wasn’t meant “to be” — sources say his skull was used as a prop in the Shakespeare play “Hamlet.”

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Geographic Information

209 Broadway
New York, NY
United States

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40.7112737, -74.00899319999996
New York County, New York
Nearest Towns:
New York City, NY (0.3 mi.)
Hoboken, NJ (2.6 mi.)
Jersey City, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Long Island City, NY (3.9 mi.)
Weehawken, NJ (4.1 mi.)
Union City, NJ (4.8 mi.)
Brooklyn, NY (5.2 mi.)
West New York, NJ (5.3 mi.)
Manhattan, NY (5.5 mi.)
Guttenberg, NJ (5.6 mi.)


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