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The Octago, The Dakota, and a transformed 55 Central Park West The Octago, The Dakota, and a transformed 55 Central Park West

Boo who?

Countless horror movies have begun with the premise of spending a night in a haunted house, but these do not take New Yorker's intrepidity into account. They accept that the city's rich history contains spooky stories, haunted happenings and encounters of the spirit kind (or just plain spirited, as in the case of 55 Central Park West), and that some of these have been associated with the city's finest addresses. Ghosts or no, these beautiful buildings haunt many a buyer's dreams.

Architect: Henry J. Hardenbergh | Built in 1882

Neighborhood: Central Park West

93 Units | 10 Floors

The-Dakota-Central-Park03 The Dakota seen behind skaters on the Lake in Central Park
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 building 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 Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street. Image via Wikimedia Commons
The-Dakota-apartments-03 The Dakota, #828384 (Modlin Group)
Central-park-co-ops View of Central Park from The Dakota
From the listing:
Upon arrival, you are greeted by a formal entry foyer, a perfect welcoming for your guests. Entertain in an impressive corner living room with wood-burning fireplace and soaring 11-foot ceilings with captivating Central Park views over the trees through picture frame windows. The living room is flanked by a stately formal dining room with magnificent Central Park views on one side and a cozy study/library on the other side.

The oversized eat-in kitchen with center island and breakfast area are tucked away with adjacent staff quarters. A private bedroom wing with additional entrances for privacy enjoys full Central Park frontage. The master suite is fit for royalty with grand scale and adjacent sitting room. Relax in your bed while gazing at the park and the stars forever.
See floor plan and full details here.

Architect: Alexander Jackson Davis | Built in 1881

Neighborhood: Roosevelt Island

500 Rentals | 13 Floors

NYC's Spookiest Buildings NYC's Spookiest Buildings (
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 institution's patients were moved to Ward's Island in 1893, and the buildings 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' playrooms, daycare, a movie room, a lounge and free shuttle buses to transit.
The Octagon, 888 Main Street The Octagon, 888 Main Street. Image via Bozzuto Management Company
The Octagon-Apartments-03 Yea, we know. New York has gone soft. (Credit: The Octagon Leasing)
The-Octagon-Leasing The Octagon Leasing (
From the listing:
Large, beautiful and spacious two-bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in a very well kept landmark Building with live-in super. The apartment features extraordinary light, high ceilings, hardwood floors, dishwasher, 4 huge closets, open kitchen, and in-Home laundry. Schedule an appointment today! Free shuttle and buses to transit (F train, Q102, Tram). Now offering 1.5 months free rent. See floor plan and full details here.

Architect: Charles Coolidge Haight | Built in 1887

Neighborhood: Central Park West

99 Condos | 25 Floors

455-Central Park West-03 Image courtesy of RKTB Architects
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.
455 Central Park West 455 Central Park West. Photo via Sotheby's International Realty
455-Central-park-west-03 This living room has all the charm of a modern doctor's office, how fitting! (#LM20 via Compass)
From the listing:
Live like Royalty in The Castle!!! This extraordinary Central Park West duplex apartment features fully renovated 4-bedroom, 4.5-baths, and a large eat-in kitchen. A grand foyer opens to a beautiful staircase curving upward to the second floor. The breathtaking circular living room, lined with windows facing south and west with Central Park views, is truly unique, with a spectacular 37-ft cathedral ceiling in one of the five turreted structures. It truly invokes the royal treatment! See floor plan and full details here.

Architect: Schwartz & Gross | Built in 1930

Neighborhood: Central Park West

109 Condos | 20 Floors

55-Central-Park-West-03 A spookier 55 Central Park West shown in 1984 movie Ghostbusters
55 Central Park West is a 19-floor co-op on the Upper West Side popularized by the 1984 film Ghostbusters. Its Gothic-like Art Deco stylings made the perfect fit (in addition to some CGI which increased its height and scare-factor) to play the central haunted high-rise in the film. The building is sometimes colloquially known as Ghostbusters Building or the Shandor Building, the fictional name it's given in the film. Quite lovely in person, the landmarked building was designed by the architectural firm Schwartz & Gross and finished in 1929. Its exterior brickwork transitions from a dark tone to a more yellow tone thought to make it seem as if the sun were always shining on the building. Not spooky at all.
55-Central-Park-West Its view of the super-skinny supertalls on Billionaires' Row could be unsettling to some..
55-Central-Park-West No terror dogs here, but the building welcomes pets. (All images via Warburg Realty)
55 Central-Park-west
From the listing:
Located in the most exclusive area of Central Park West, this new listing is a treasure! Gracious entry foyer leads to a huge sunken living room with eye-popping views.

Two enormous master bedrooms. Full dining room/library, Large kitchen with pantry and staff room/office complete the picture plus a beautiful planted roof deck with the most spectacular view of Central Park and the skyline...Be first to see this rare beauty!
See floor plan and full details here.

Architect: J.G. Glover | Built in 1851

Neighborhood: Clinton Hill

25 Condos | 5 Floors

320-Washington-Avenue-01 All images of Graham Condo via Compass
To hear “The Graham Home for Old Ladies,” as 320 Washington Avenue was known from 1899 to the early 1960’s, one imagines a genteel atmosphere behind its Romanesque Revival facade. However, it wasn’t all tea parties and knitting circles: In 1887, a nurse resigned after accusing a matron and nurse of abusing the residents. Several others weighed in, and one doctor even said that “old people are worse than children.” No evidence of abuse was found and the incident faded away, but neighborhood children would refer to it as “the spooky building” in the years before it was converted to a luxury condominium. The interiors bear little resemblance to the olden days, but the exterior and grounds have been restored to their former glory.
From the listing:
Live a small piece of history in this gorgeous and immaculate apartment. Bright and sunny with three exposures, the oversized living/dining room offers plenty of space for entertaining. The kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, dishwasher, generous storage and granite countertops. The king-sized master bedroom has an en-suite full bath and a windowed home office. Additional features include washer/dryer in-unit, central air conditioning, hardwood floors, abundant closets throughout, and private storage in the basement. See floor plan and further details here.

More NYC buildings with a spooky rep

30-Morningside Drive 30 Morningside Drive is a partial rental conversion of St. Luke's Hospital's historic buildings

30 Morningside Drive

Studios from $3,197/mo
One-beds from $3,088/mo
Two-beds from $4,569/mo
Three-beds from $7,156/mo
Four-beds from $10,888/mo

The Parkside Brooklyn
125 Parkside Avenue

Studios from $1,760/mo
One-bed from $2,297/mo
Two-beds from $3,294/mo
Three-beds from $3,832/mo

30-Morningside-Drive-01 Image via Del Shah Capital
125-Parkside-Avenue-01 The Parkside via Ray Builders
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