Do the restless spirits of the dead roam the paths along Wagner Cove or haunt the hallways of the Dairy?
Some say no. Others have heard stories about the spooky goings on in the park that can’t be easily explained. Here are a few eerie tales for you to ponder:
1973 – Patrons having lunch at Tavern on the Green witnessed a floating apparition which resembled a man in his late seventies. The ghost hovered over the heads of terrified diners for several minutes, moaning repeatedly that his fish entrée was severely undercooked.
1982 – Milton Hayes was jogging in park in the pre dawn hours when he saw what he described as a “ghost cab” cruising silently along West Drive. Hayes hailed the strange glowing 1940’s style taxi, but since he was African American, the cab drove right past him and sped up before disappearing at the top of a hill.
1996 – A small group of tourists walking along the Mall who stopped to admire the bust of composer Victor Herbert claim the ghost of Victor Herbert appeared alongside them, and after looking at the statue of himself silently for minute, turned to them and said, “Am I really that fat?”
2007 – Workers cleaning the Delacorte Theater observed a group of ghosts appear on the stage and engage in what one witness described as “really bad improvisational theater.” The spirits continually asked the workers to name a place or an occupation until a local priest was called to perform an exorcism, sending them back to whatever level of hell they came from.
Happy Halloween from Central Park: A Misguide!