Haunted locations Near The Bowery Hotel
If this isn’t enough paranormal activity, the Bowery Hotel is centrally located for those seeking spectral echoes of the past. The Bowery Hotel is located near the supposedly haunted New York City Marble Cemetery.
New York City Marble Cemetery (0.2 miles from the Bowery Hotel)
The proximity of the Bowery Hotel to the cemetery has led to speculation that the cemetery’s ghosts also walk the hotel grounds. The cemetery was New York City’s first nonsectarian public cemetery and was built in 1830. Marble vaults were thought to be safer for burials than graves dug in the earth due to a yellow fever outbreak.
Contagious diseases and their stalking presence in the 19th century fed the cemetery’s internment rate, as many succumbed to diseases such as scarlet fever, whooping cough, and measles, and common infections for which we now have antibiotics. Many of the cemetery’s burials were children, and many others were adults that died of the great scourge of the time, tuberculosis, which took many lives up to the mid 20th century.
The burials in the cemetery were mostly that of the city’s wealthier citizens, who later turned to more rural sites as their loved one’s final resting place. If the spirits of those whose lives were lost in the common and devastating outbreaks of diseases in their time period do linger, it seems that those who check into the Bowery Hotel just might encounter them during their stay.
St Mark’s Church (0.4 miles from the Bowery Hotel)
St Mark’s Church is also nearby, the second oldest church in the city. Its resident ghost is a former prominent citizen of the state’s Dutch colonial origins, Peter Stuyvesant, the last director-general, who shaped much of Manhattan.
The neighborhood itself has Stuyvesant to thank for its name-Bowery comes from the Dutch word for farmstead, ‘bouwerij.’ The land upon which the church, and much of the neighborhood, stands was once Stuyvesant’s farmland which was established in 1651.
The church began as a family chapel on his land, built in 1660. He is buried under the church, which is just eight minutes away from the Bowery, but perhaps he is not entirely pleased with the arrangement-the long gone bureaucrat is said to stomp and ring bells in the historic church, haunting his former home and chapel.
Merchant’s House Museum (0.1 Miles from the Bowery)
Another stop just around the way is the Old Merchant House, on 29 East Fourth Street. The house was built in 1832 and then sold to the family who came to define and preserve it, the Tredwells.
Although the neighborhood around Old Merchant House became less prosperous and seedier as time went on, the house was preserved in all its elegance by Gertrude Tredwell, who became known as an eccentric. Upon her death, the house passed to a cousin, who turned Old Merchant House into a museum.
Not only does it serve as a glimpse of life for the Bowery’s upper middle class during the mid-nineteenth century, but it is said to be haunted by the spirits of the Tredwell family, who lived there so happily for so long.
Those interested in touring the house-and perhaps running into one of its spectral residents-will want to act fast, as the historical building is sadly facing the threat of new development in the area.