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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12 Gay St
New York, NY
United States

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40.7335905, -74.0005974
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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  1. We did the free Tours by foot haunted walk in New York last May. We visited 12 Gay Street and were told that some photos of the building show a green orb, not visible to the naked eye but seen on photo.

    I took several photos of the building and, in every photo, a green orb can be seen in different places on the front of the building.

    So bizarre. And nothing could be seen when looking at the building without the camera lens.

    Please see attached photo as evidence..

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