The Octagon

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The Octagon was built over the site of an old mental asylum known for an expose done by Nellie Bly; she uncovered a cruel system that would eventually lead to a reform in the mental health system, but it doesn’t change what has happened prior. The asylum was changed into housing and now guests report the feeling of not being alone. Animals also will stare at walls or the ceiling as if someone else is in the room with them.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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888 Main St
New York, NY 10044
United States

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40.7690073, -73.94399829999998
New York County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Manhattan, NY (1.5 mi.)
Long Island City, NY (1.7 mi.)
Guttenberg, NJ (3.5 mi.)
West New York, NJ (3.9 mi.)
Weehawken, NJ (4.0 mi.)
Fairview, NJ (4.2 mi.)
Union City, NJ (4.2 mi.)
Cliffside Park, NJ (4.3 mi.)
North Bergen, NJ (4.3 mi.)
Edgewater, NJ (4.3 mi.)


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  1. I visited here while on vacation due to its crazy history. A very bizarre video and photos are all that I had. But the stranger thing is my moms photos from another angle and about 3 mins later captured the same thing, it’s a green orb that moves in the video and then pops up in 4 separate photos. It had a eire vibe. It wasn’t scary and we only noticed our pics had a dust smudge and then they both had them. Just strange not a haunt really. Thought I’d share

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