Grab a flashlight and hide under a blanket. Here are some of the super spooky occurrences that have taken place near or in New York University’s halls. If just your student bill and the idea of 8 a.m. classes scare you, this list is probably better left unread. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Happy spooking, kiddos.
6.) Bibbity Bobbity Bobst:
Old, but always spooky news: Bobst has seen its fair share of suicides, secret homeless residents, and alleged pedophilia. It’s no coincidence you feel cold dread when entering its gilded atrium; the place is a harbinger of the void.
5.) Aaron Burr, Sir:
Calm down, theatre nerds. No one’s spotted Burr belting “Dear Theodosia” around campus. Rather, some report seeing a horse-drawn carriage late at night in front of D’Agostino Hall, supposedly near the site of the late vice president’s horse stables. Whether or not the carriage is on its way to deliver Burr to a certain historical ghostly duel will remain unsolved.
4.) Rubin Hall a.k.a. Grosvenor Hotel:
Turns out the spookiest thing about Rubin is not its lack of air conditioning. Instead, ghosts from what was originally the high-end Grosvenor Hotel could be lingering, waiting for the perfect time to scare the heebie jeebies out of you in the laundry room. One of the most prominent may be William H. Purdy, who managed the Grosvenor in the early 1900s. When it was discovered that he had falsified the books (for money duh), he went to take a ‘nap’ in a vacant room in the hotel, poisoning himself. To this day, people claim he delays the elevators before 8 a.m. classes just for kicks.
3.) Tree Terror:
Quite possibly the most recent spooky thing to happen around NYU, the Washington Square Park Christmas tree has been uprooted by Ai Weiwei’s “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors” art installation. Without space under the arch for the tree, be wary of wrathful falling branches and whispered refrains of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as you pass through the park.
2.) Stonecutters Riot:
Of course, Washington Square Park is haunted many times over, from being a mass grave for 20,000 of the city’s poorest residents to hosting the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt’s beloved dog. But in the spirit of NYU’s love of protests, be shook by the failed 1834 Stonecutters Riot. Upset with the use of cheap prison labor to cut stone for NYU’s buildings, the city’s stonecutters took to the streets with hammers in hand, ready to smash the wealthy residences of Albert Gallatin and his ilk. The protest only died out as the 27th Regiment of the National Guard occupied the park to protect NYU’s construction sites. It’s super spooky when the rich use brute force to subdue the righteous masses, protecting their own profit above all else.
1.) Brooklyn Boos:
The fact that it’s not near the spookier bits of Manhattan does not exempt Tandon from this chilling list. The formerly named NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering might be cursed due to its renaming, which angered many alumni and professors that miss the old moniker. Surely one of them has passed and decided to haunt the heck out of Dibner. On top of that, the American Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn took place all around NYU’s second campus. If you glimpse any defeated rebel spirits, please don’t introduce them to your new VR tour of campus.
So, the next time you’re enjoying a stroll through the park or an attempt to write 15 pages in one night at Bobst, be reassured: you are not alone.
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