New York Ghost Tours

Our New York Ghost tours capture the spiritual side of the Big Apple through stories of lost opportunities, political intrigue, disease and murder.  With almost every step one takes through the West Village or on the Brooklyn Bridge, one encounters the ghosts and spirits of New York City’s past.  Every corner has it’s stories, every building has its haunted spirits.  We offer two main ghost tours, one in Greenwich Village and the other on the Brooklyn Bridge. Scroll done for information on both tours.

Dates for both ghost tours are listed below, but do check out our full tour schedule for the up to date offerings.  We also offer a seasonal tour titled the Dark Side of the High Line.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour 

East Village Ghost Tour

Brooklyn Bridge Ghost Tour

Ghosts on Broadway Tour

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Join Free Tours by Foot as we visit historic haunts, communicate with the dead, and walk the streets with the tortured spirits of the past. This tour is not for the faint of heart, taking those who seek a good thrill through the haunted streets of Greenwich Village and Chelsea. Stand above the hidden tomb of 20,000 yellow fever victims, catch a glimpse of a turn of the century revolution set on endless loop, hear tales of modern tragedy and murder, and trace the steps of our famous forefathers who tend to linger past their expiration date.

Highlights of this tour include stops and tales surrounding the following:

  • Washington Square Park
  • Legend of Sid and Nancy
  • Haunted NYU
  • Mark Twain’s “House of Horror”
  • Residence of Mayor Jimmy Walker
  • Chumley’s
  • The White Horse Tavern
  • Church of St. Luke in the Fields
  • Aaron Burr’s Haunted Carriage House
  • And much more!

Who knows, maybe your own encounter with the other side on this tour will become one of our stories…

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)

When: @7:30pm Thursdays and Saturdays. View Our Full Calendar

Where:  the tour meets at Northwest entrance to Washington Square Park at the corner of Washington Square North and Washington Square West (map). Look for your guide with an orange flag!

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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East Village Ghost Tour

The ghosts of Greenwich Village are too numerous and interesting to meet in just one evening!  Due to popular demand, we are offering a new tour, “Ghosts of the East Village,” as a companion tour to one of our biggest crowd-pleasers Ghosts of the West Village.

Our tour begins talking about the Arch at Washington Square Park, the most haunted place in New York City, and wraps at St. Mark’s in the Bowery at Second Avenue and 10th Street.

Haunted sites we visit include:

  • West 3rd St. firehouse, haunted by the firefighter who committed suicide in the 1930s and now home to a famous newscaster.
  • Poe House, New York University’s  “re-interpretation” of the house where Poe lived in 1844.
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory at the corner of Green Street and Washington Place. Now known as the Brown Building and part of the NYU campus, this historic building was the site of the infamous 1911 fire that killed 145 workers, most of them young immigrant women whose spirits still haunt the building.
  • Merchant House Museum, a living museum haunted by the spirits of Gertrude Tredwell and her very dysfunctional family. Gertrude may have been the inspiration for Catherine Sloper in Henry James’  “The Heiress.”
  • McSorley’s Old Alehouse, which claims to be the oldest operating bar in NYC (circa 1854). Mc Sorley’s patrons have included Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, Teddy Roosevelt and Boss Tweed.   One of its favorite customers — magician Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween 1926 — still haunts the bar accompanied by the famous McSorley cats, who were depicted in John Sloan’s paintings.
  • St. Mark’s in the Bowery,  haunted by the spirit of Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch lieutenant governor of New Amsterdam, who has roamed his farmland property since his death in 1672.
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)

When: @7:30pm Fridays. View Our Full Calendar

Where:  the tour meets at Northwest entrance to Washington Square Park at the corner of Washington Square North and Washington Square West (map). Look for your guide with an orange flag!

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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Brooklyn Bridge Ghost Tour

New York Ghost ToursAn icon of New York City and one of the world’s most famous man-made structures, the bridge is must-see attraction on most visitors’ Big Apple itineraries. A walk along its pedestrian promenade, with its wonderful views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn—not to mention the bridge’s Gothic arched towers—is priceless. It truly lives up to its nickname as the Eighth Wonder of the World.

Yet behind all its physical beauty and charm lie darker truths. The bridge has been bad luck for some and a curse for others. Mysterious illness to a stampede to faulty construction and outright murder have claimed the lives of dozens, including the bridge’s designers.

Your tour starts at City Hall Park, once the location of one of the Revolutionary War’s most dangerous prisons, a macabre scandal involving stolen cadavers, and the final resting place for thousands of nameless souls—it’s rumored some still linger under the surface.

In the shadow of the Tweed Courthouse, you’ll meet the ghost of one of New York City’s most infamous criminals before heading over the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO, a neighborhood once known as a body dumping ground for the mafia.

Duck into darkened archways of the Manhattan Bridge, where a little girl lost her life—and whose cool touch still sometimes sends chills up the spines of those who dare whisper her name. End your journey at Brooklyn Bridge Park, the site of a fatal accident involving the bridge’s head architect and engineer. He’s still seen wandering the foggy piers, hoping to spot a glimpse of the bridge he gave his life to.

Who knows, maybe your own encounter with the other side on this tour will become one of our stories…

Tour information

Reservations: This tour currently runs as a PRIVATE TOUR only.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)

When: View Our Full Calendar

Where:  Tour begins at the water fountain in City Hall Park (map) near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge in Lower Manhattan.  The tour ends in Brooklyn Bridge Park (map) in DUMBO.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done.  A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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Ghosts on Broadway

For some performers, the show must go on… even after death! The Ghosts on Broadway Tour, led by a veteran New York City talent agent, will introduce you to these notorious theater legends who appear after the lights go dim. You’ll hear about the Broadway impresario who haunts the theater that bears his name. His apparition shows up on Ghosts on Broaday Touropening nights to congratulate the cast or “pinch” the leading ladies’ bottom!   Jazz age parties are heard almost nightly from his long abandoned apartment over his theater. There’s also the beautiful,flirtatious chorus girl who died tragically young (was it murder or suicide?). She appears only in the early morning — and only to men.

Most Broadway tours focus on current shows and performers. Our tour looks at some of the “longest-running” performances on the Great White Way!   Come join us!

Among the stories and sites included on this tour:

  • The Palace, a 1913 vaudeville theater that is rumored to be haunted by over 100 ghosts, including Judy Garland.
  • The New Amsterdam Theater, once home to the “Ziegfield Follies,” where the cast & crew routinely say good-night to the ghost of the bewitching chorus girl.
  • The Belasco Theater,  in which references to the theater’s famous ghost are ad-libbed in it’s current production.
  • The Lyceum, the 1903 oldest-operating theater where an acclaimed choreographer & Tony Award winning director recently made his presence known to folks in the theater’s latest production.
  • Learn the curious superstitions by which theater folks live and die!
Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve. Groups of 6 or more should visit our groups page.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1.5 miles (2k)

When: @7:30pm Mondays. View Our Full Calendar

Where:  The tour meets on Shubert Alley between W 44th & W 45th Streets (map).

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

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