Haunted Places in Newark, New Jersey



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    Richard A. Rutkowski Park - Elco Naval Division

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    4.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Elco Naval Division was a boat-building factory that churned out nearly 400 PT boats for World War II. It is long gone, located where the Richard A. Rutkowski Park currently stands. A historical marker is all that's left now to commemorate the efforts that went on there. It ...


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    Conant Park

    Hillside, New Jersey

    4.5 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Conant Park is said to be haunted by ghostly figures with no faces. According to legend, they drive a van and kidnap girls off the street, and when (if) the girls are released, they are far too frightened to explain what happened to them.


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    The Virginia Tavern

    Jersey City, New Jersey

    4.5 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Virginia Tavern has more than just the drinking kind of spirits, according to witnesses. They have seen apparitions and beer cans flying off shelves, have been touched by something unseen, and have detected strange odors and cold spots.


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    Kean University

    Union, New Jersey

    5 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Several places at Kean University, originally established in 1855 as the Newark Normal School, are said to be visited by spirits. East Campus and Rogers Hall are haunted by former students, the Eames building has a negative spirit, and the Wilkins Theater sports the ghost of a man named George ...


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    Old Canal Inn

    Nutley, New Jersey

    5.3 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    A legend from as far back as the 1960s tells of the historic Old Canal Inn's "Death Seat." So the story goes, there were two men about 70 years of age who preferred this particular red-cushioned seat, because it had better lighting. The men would fight over who got the ...


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    Union County Courthouse

    Elizabeth, New Jersey

    5.6 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Investigated by TV's Ghost Hunters, the Union County Courthouse is said to be haunted by spirits from the Revolutionary War era. A woman's ghost has been seen in the rotunda, and Hannah Caldwell, the first woman to die in the American Revolution, is said to haunt a fifth floor courtroom ...


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    Robbins Reef Yacht Club

    Bayonne, New Jersey

    5.6 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    A ghostly legend about this place tells of a gentleman who hanged himself in an upstairs room. Witnesses describe an icy sensation when you enter that room in darkness and, at the bar, bottles seem to hop off of their shelves.


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    Caldwell Parsonage

    Union, New Jersey

    6.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Caldwell Parsonage dates to 1730 and was home to Rev. James Caldwell, a Presbyterian minister and patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. In 1780 during the Battle of Connecticut Farms, Caldwell's wife Hannah was killed in the living room by British soldiers, and one year later, Caldwell was shot by ...


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    Park Pub

    Nutley, New Jersey

    6.7 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    This old-school New Jersey bar is said to be the home of at least two ghosts. They've been seen by staff on the dance floor area after hours.


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    Sailors' Snug Harbor

    Newark, New York

    7.3 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Sailors' Snug Harbor, aka Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, is a complex of 19th-century buildings in a city park. It was once home to senior sailors and is now home to several ghosts. Witnesses have seen several apparitions, including a lady in white who has shown up in ...


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    Domani's Restaurant

    Roselle Park, New Jersey

    7.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    This restaurant, housed in a building that dates back to the 1880s, was said to be haunted by a former owner who died inside the building. The place was once featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters. However, the location burned down in April 2009.


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    The Brass Rail

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    7.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Brass Rail restaurant is known for its hauntings. Legend has it that in 1904, a bride who was just married tripped at the top of the spiral staircase, broke her neck, and died. The groom shortly thereafter hanged himself in an adjacent room. The bride, groom, and even some ...


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    Arthur's Tavern

    Hoboken, New Jersey

    7.5 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    At Arthur's Tavern, three spirits are said to lurk. Employees say they've heard footsteps and seen lights come on and off or flicker and door open by themselves. There also have been reports of a clipboard flying off of a desk, ghostly whispers, and someone's hair being pulled by something ...


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    Baron Hirsch Cemetery

    Newark, New York

    7.9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Jewish Baron Hirsch Cemetery was in the news for vandalism in 1960 when "Fuhrer" was painted in yellow on 87 headstones. It is said to have been haunted since the early 1800s. Nearby residents have had visits from the cemetery's spirits, sometimes seen as shadowy figures.


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    Abandoned Factory on Herman Street

    East Rutherford, New Jersey

    8 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Local legend has it that a ghost who haunts the abandoned factory will chase away curious passersby who peek into the factory's windows.


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    Park Lane

    Carlstadt, New Jersey

    8.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    In the town of Calrstadt, NJ, a cobblestone road on Park Lane is believed to be a meeting place for Ku Klux Klan members a long time ago. A tunnel is buried between the trees and wells which led to the meeting spot of the members. This would be under ...


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    Ear Inn - James Brown House

    New York, New York

    8.6 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Ear Inn, once known as the Green Door (its nickname during the Prohibition), was a late-18th-century home originally constructed for James Brown, an African-American and George Washington's aide during the Revolution. Over the years after that, the building housed a bar, dining room, Prohibition speakeasy, boarding house, smuggler’s den ...


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    White Horse Tavern

    New York, New York

    8.7 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The ghost who haunts White Horse Tavern is said to be none other than renowned poet Dylan Thomas, who died in 1952 after drinking 18 whiskey shots and collapsing into a coma. He died the next morning at St. Vincent's hospital, but he still has his own table at the ...


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    St. Paul's Chapel

    New York, New York

    8.7 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    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 ...


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    Essex County Hospital Center

    Cedar Grove, New Jersey

    8.9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    This 1800s former hospital, also called Overbrook, was turned into a psychiatric hospital in the 1920s. It was said to have been haunted by phantom nurses and patients. Also, the sound of rolling gurneys could be seen, and a demonic presence was felt by witnesses. According to reports, in 1917 ...


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    One if by Land, Two if by Sea

    New York, New York

    8.9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    One if by Land, Two if by Sea is a restaurant that was formerly a carriage house was once owned by vice president Aaron Burr. The haunted eatery is said to have 20 ghosts, including Burr’s daughter Theodosia, whose apparition has been spotted in the mezzanine. Witnesses have heard the ...


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    12 Gay Street

    New York, New York

    9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    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 ...


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    Manhattan Bistro

    New York, New York

    9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Manhattan Bistro is rumored to be haunted because of a murder and a well. It was near here that in 1799, Gulielma Elmore Sands left to elope with her secret lover, Levi Weeks, but her body was found strangled in a nearby well. Weeks was accused of the crime, but ...


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    Jefferson Market Library

    New York, New York

    9.1 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    A friendly woman catches people's attention, waves at them and smiles, then disappears. Other figures have been seen on the balcony, but remain unexplained. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Ghost of Firefighter Schwartz

    New York, New York

    9.1 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Author and TV personality Anderson Cooper is said to own this former fire station that was converted into a home. Firefighters who lived and worked here before the building was converted say it is haunted by the ghost of a firefighter named Schwartz who, distraught after learning of his wife's ...


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    Furman Hall

    New York, New York

    9.1 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    When Furman Hall at NYU was constructed, much of Edgar Allan Poe's former home was demolished. According to reports, the only portion of the home original on this site is the staircase bannister. Students have been startled to see an apparition of Poe himself climbing the staircase.


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    Hangman’s Elm - Washington Square Park

    New York, New York

    9.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Washington Square Park was a site used for corporal punishment in the 19th century. Convicted criminals were hanged, and even buried here. Rumor has it that it was previously an Indian burial ground as well, so its likelihood for hauntings is higher than most places. Witnesses have described apparitions hanging, ...


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    Bridge Cafe

    New York, New York

    9.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Bridge Café dated back to 1794, and folks said it was haunted, as evidenced by footsteps and unexplained aromas. However, reports say it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy and is now closed.


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    House of Death

    New York, New York

    9.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The tale of this house is told in the 1974 book "Spindrift: Spray From a Psychic Sea" by actress-turned-psychic Jan Bryant Bartell. According to her, many people died under mysterious circumstances at this haunted place. Among the ghosts who are said to haunt the place are author Mark Twain, who ...


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    Hotel Chelsea

    New York, New York

    9.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    There is no way to list all the famous people who are attached to or have stayed at the Hotel Chelsea. A veritable palace of bohemia indulgence, the creativity, sexy and above all drugs that soaked the halls of the Chelsea would be enough to have you seeing ghosts, even ...


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    Cunard Hall - Wagner College

    Newark, New York

    9.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The circa-1852 Cunard Hall was built by Edward Cunard, son and heir of shipping magnate Samuel Cunard. It is now part of Wagner College. In 1890, a man leapt to his death from a second-story window, and witnesses have seen his face peering from the windows.


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    Il Buco

    New York, New York

    9.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Edgar Allan Poe may haunt Il Buco, which once was a favorite tavern of Poe's. Its 200-year-old wine cellar, some say, was the inspiration for the tale "The Cask of Amontillado." Apparitions of a fighting couple have been seen, a disembodied baby cry has been heard, and more strange things ...


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    Merchant's House Museum

    New York, New York

    9.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Merchant's House Museum is said to be haunted by the Tredwell family, who lived here for nearly a century. Gertrude Tredwell, who was born in an upstairs bedroom in 1840 and lived here until she died at age 93, is believed to be one of its ghostly residents. Witnesses have ...


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    Hanging Post

    Cranford, New Jersey

    9.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    At the corner of Gallows Hill Road and Brookside Place once stood the giant hanging tree, where Revolutionary War spies were hanged. Although the tree is gone now, locals say you can still see ghostly movement here from a distance.


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    Brittany Hall - NYU

    New York, New York

    9.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    NYU's Brittany Hall dormitory, originally the Brittany Hotel, was built in 1929, and has had some private residents: actor Al Pacino and journalist Walter Winchell. Its penthouse was used as a speakeasy, and phantom parties are still heard coming from the upper floors. Witnesses described footsteps and music along with ...


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    St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

    New York, New York

    9.7 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    St. Mark’s Chruch in-the-Bowery, second-oldest church in Manhattan, is said to be haunted by cantankerous Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant. The church was built over the former site of his family’s farm, and his peg-legged ghost has heckled clergymen and parishioners, rung church bells, and even interrupted church services with ...


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    New Amsterdam Theatre

    New York, New York

    9.8 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    New Amsterdam Theatre is said to be haunted by actress Olive Thomas, who was in Paris on her second honeymoon in 1920 when she accidentally took her husband Jack Pickford's mercury bichloride pills, prescribed for his syphilis. Her ghost is said to appear at the theater where she once worked, ...


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    Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

    Newark, New York

    9.8 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is rumored to be haunted by former owner Antonion Meucci's wife Ester, who was buried in the front yard. Ester was bedridden, and phantom groans and coughing have been heard at the museum. Italian war hero Giuseppe Garibaldi may linger here in spirit as well.


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    Empire State Building

    New York, New York

    9.8 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Around a dozen suicides have taken place here, plus an additional 14 died when a plane crashed into the building in 1945. People have witnessed a woman dressed in a 1940's suit leap off of the building; it is said her husband died in World War II. (Submitted by Chris Berglund)


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    Palace Theater

    New York, New York

    10 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    In 1913, Palace Theater opened as a vaudeville show place featuring the time's top stars. Some who have graced its stage include Jack Benny, George Burns, Bob Hope, Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin, Helen Keller, Sophie Tucker, Harry Houdini and Fanny Brice. It is said to be haunted by tightrope walker ...


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    Belasco Theatre

    New York, New York

    10 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Above the Belasco Theatre, former owner David Belasco and his partner, aka the Blue Lady, used to live in an apartment. He died in 1931, but his spirit, as well as that of the Blue Lady, still resides here, according to witnesses. Their apparitions have been seen onstage while performances ...


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    The Algonquin Hotel

    New York, New York

    10 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    A famous literary hotspot for a collective of artists and authors' known for their vicious wit and referred to as the Round Table during the 20's, many luminaries lunched daily at the ALgonquin and many keep coming back even after their death to continue the good times and good conversations. ...


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    Paddy Reilly's Music Bar

    New York, New York

    10.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Paddy Reilly's is haunted, according to witnesses. After the bar is closed, voices can be heard, bottles break and glasses move. There have also been many shadows and apparitions, including one riding a bicycle. I guess it just proves that spirits like their... well, spirits. The site has been featured ...


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    Old Seaview Hospital

    Newark, New York

    10.2 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Seaview Hospital, once a tuberculosis sanatorium, is now a national historic district on Staten Island. Built between 1905 and 1938, the site has over 30 historic buildings along Brielle Avenue. The former hospital building is reported to be haunted by the spirits of its deceased patients.


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    The Campbell Apartment

    New York, New York

    10.3 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Campbell Apartment was once the office of Credit Clearing House president John Campbell, and is now a cocktail bar in Grand Central Terminal. It is believed to be haunted by Mr. Campbell himself, who died in 1957. Witnesses, patrons and employees alike, say something unseen has tapped them on the ...


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    57 West 57th Street

    New York, New York

    10.4 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    If walls had ears and mouths, what a tale they could tell about this place. It all started in 1922 when cyclist and spark plug inventor Albert Champion married young showgirl Edna Crawford. Shortly thereafter she began an affair with Frenchman Charles Brazelle, who is believed to have murdered Champion ...


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    Hotel des Artistes

    New York, New York

    10.5 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Valentino is said to be the resident ghost here. He is said to occasionally flit by mirrors and you can smell his exotic cologne. The building is no longer an operating hotel but reports say it still stands.


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    Friars Club

    New York, New York

    10.6 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    Featured on an episode of TV's Ghost Hunters, the Friars Club is believed by some to be haunted by vaudeville performer Al Kelly, who died of a heart attack in the dining room in 1966. Knocks and other strange sounds, plus doors that open and close by themselves, have been ...


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    The Dakota

    New York, New York

    10.6 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    The Dakota is famous for many things, including being the place where John Lennon was assassinated. Lennon's ghost, another spirit of a sweet little girl, and a third ghost of a grown man with a little boy's face, all have been seen here at different times. The space is also ...


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    Fort Wadsworth

    Newark, New York

    10.9 miles from the center of Newark, NJ

    At Fort Wadsworth, the apparition of a soldier may appear to walk through walls and moving vehicles. Other strange things have happened here: One witness said she flashed back to wartime where she was apparently inside the body of a curly-haired nurse. She saw wounded and dying soldiers all around, ...


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