Ghostly Women of Greenwich Village

Black and White photo of women factory workers. Ghostly women of Greenwich Village explores their stories.

Haunting histories of the neighborhood’s most iconic female ghosts

Meet the ghostly women of Greenwich Village on this 90-minute walking tour that explores the haunting histories of the neighborhood’s most iconic female ghosts.

Why are women at the heart of so many ghost stories? The “woman in white” is a staple of ghost lore, but why does she haunt us so powerfully? On this tour we’ll discuss the prevalence and significance of women in ghost lore as we share the stories of Gertrude Tredwell, the women of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, Edith Wharton, Rose Butler, Jan Bryant Bartell, Theodosia Burr, and more.

Explore the real history behind the legends, stereotypes, and myths. Find out what these stories reveal about us, and why they haunt us. Do these ghostly women in some way achieve an agency that was denied to them in life, their unsilenced voices and unforgotten tales giving them, in an ironic way, a lasting power? How do their ghostly legacies interplay with their real, lived experiences? This tour provides a unique exploration of the intersection of gender and ghost lore unlike any other tour in the city.

Created and led by Andrea Janes, founder of Boroughs of the Dead and co-author of the Stoker-nominated A Haunted History of Invisible Women, this is New York City’s first (and only!) feminist ghost tour. See our New York Times coverage here.


Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

Meet at Manuel Plaza, 35 E 4th Street (next door to the Merchant’s House Museum)

End Location:

Near West Tenth St. and Fifth Ave

Tour Duration:

90 minutes


1.2 miles

Tour Run Dates:


Important Information


Not currently open for booking, check back soon!

Important Information


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash (or your preferred app, i.e. Venmo) if you want to tip your guide


  • Pets
  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Film/photography/recording equipment without prior permission


  • Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! (See our advice here)
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Most of our tours are at least a mile in length.
  • In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, this tour may be amended or postponed; if postponed you will be given a rain check to take another tour at your convenience.
  • There are no bathroom breaks or rest stops on the tour.
  • Tours start on time, so please try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in and get comfortable before the tour starts.