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NYC's Spookiest Buildings NYC's Spookiest Buildings

Boo who?

New York City is filled with history, and with history comes the spooky stories, haunted happenings and encounters of the spirit kind (or just plain spirited, as in the case of the "Ghostbusters" building at 55 Central Park West) that have been associated with some of the city's finest addresses. Ghosts or no, these beautiful buildings haunt many a buyer's real estate dreams.
The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

It's perhaps the city's most legendary apartment building, and you'd think that between "Rosemary's Baby," (which was filmed here), John Lennon's murder and a host of reported ghost sightings throughout the years, this massive, fortress-like co-op builiding with apartments as big as its reputation would scare people off. But it's still one of the most coveted residences in the city.
The Octagon, 888 Main Street The Octagon, 888 Main Street. Image via Bozzuto Management Company

The Octagon, 888 Main Street

One of the city's greatest landmarks, the Octagon was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1841 to anchor of the New York Pauper Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. The intstitution's patients were moved to Ward's Island in 1893, and the builidings eventually fell into terrible disrepair and were destroyed by a fire. That island is now Roosevelt Island, and the former insane asylum site hosts a luxury rental building with crazy amenities like a concierge, a pool, a gym, parking, two kids' play rooms, day care, a movie room, a lounge and free shuttle buses to transit.
455 Central Park West 455 Central Park West. Photo via Sotheby's International Realty

455 Central Park West

Among the neighborhood's surrounding townhouses and historic co-op buildings, the stunning architectural anomaly that is the "castle" at 455 Central Park West has a dark medical history as New York’s first cancer hospital. Built in 1887, when cancer treatment was somewhat of an oxymoron, the castle had a crematorium and a smokestack at the back that was often in use. The hospital closed in 1955, but it wasn't until a redevelopment plan took off in 2000 that it welcomed more fortunate residents at a luxury condo development.

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 55 Central Park West 55 Central Park West
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Contributing Writer Michelle Cohen Michelle is a New York-based writer and content strategist who has worked extensively with lifestyle brands like Seventeen, Country Living, Harper's Bazaar and iVillage. In addition to being a copywriter for a digital media agency she writes about culture, New York City neighborhoods, real estate, style, design and technology among other topics. She has lived in a number of major US cities on both coasts and in between and loves all things relating to urbanism and culture.
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