Haunted Buildings of the Upper West Side

Haunted Buildings of the Upper West Side

Who knew there were haunted buildings of the Upper West Side!?

A neighborhood with history offers a rich culture and a startlingly accurate glimpse into the past. The Upper West Side is one of such neighborhoods. There are hundreds of buildings that are historic and of architectural significance. However, some of these buildings hold quite the dark past. Stories of ghosts roaming around hallways and spirits lurking in basements have captured the minds of New Yorkers for decades. Continue reading below to discover which are the spookiest buildings of the Upper West Side … only if you dare.

The Dakota

The Dakota is a hauntingly beautiful building that’s rightfully gained quite the reputation for attracting otherworldly spirits to it’s mysterious interior. The Dakota was the setting for horror classic Rosemary’s Baby. Directed by Roman Polanski, the nail-bitting movie was filmed on site and the building was renamed “The Bramford” for story-telling purposes. The Dakota is also the infamous site of John Lennon’s assassination. His wife Yoko Ono reported seeing his ghost around the building’s premises. Other residents and staff workers have claimed to see the ghost of a little girl and the spirit of an adult with the face of a young boy. Some attribute these enigmatic occurrences due to the absence of fire escapes. They were designed by architect Henry Hardenbergh in order to keep the building soundproof.

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Edgar Catasus

Edgar Catasus

Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).
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