The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

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Bring your curiosity, morbid fascinations, and love of NYC history

This 2-hour walking tour presents our favorite Greenwich Village ghost stories, all handpicked by our guides. (Think of it as our Staff Picks!) This tour is ideal for history lovers and spooky people alike, and for anyone seeking a classic Greenwich Village ghost tour.

Washington Square is the beating heart at the center of Greenwich Village, and this tour focuses on its immediate environs and areas nearby: the site of the former Potter’s Field in the park itself, Washington Arch and the “Hangman’s Elm,” the Edgar Allan Poe house, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, the “House of Death,” and more. Our guides will share their favorite unforgettable, stranger-than-fiction histories and ghostly tales with you at each notoriously haunted location.

We’ll delve into the history behind the hauntings as we situate these stories within the broader narrative of Greenwich Village. How do turbulent events create enduring local legends whose influence lingers long after living memory has faded? How do we reuse land in New York City, overwriting sacred spaces and places where tragedy occurred? Who gets to tell the stories of these places or determine how they are memorialized? Are the residual hauntings here simply the accumulated weight of all those lives and deaths? And what’s the difference between a ghost and a haunting, anyway? You’ll learn all of this and more, as we untangle the complex relationships between the troubling past and the spectral present.

Bring your curiosity, morbid fascinations, and love of NYC history… and decide for yourself whether these ghosts are simply tall tales, or if they reveal something more.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

North-east corner of Sullivan and West Third St. in Greenwich Village (245 Sullivan)

End Location:

Near East Fourth St. and Lafayette St.

Tour Duration:

120 minutes


1.5 miles

Tour Run Dates:

May - November

Important Information

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.