More Ghosts of Central Park


Is Central Park haunted?

Veteran park workers and regular visitors have heard stories of strange apparitions and frightening spirits roaming the pathways of Central Park, but are they true?

Probably not. But you never know. Central Park is a strange and magic place..

Here are more spooky tales of unexplained events that have happened in Central Park:

1947 – While strolling past Sheep Meadow, West Side resident Hannah Chilton witnessed two glowing apparitions playing a game of croquet on the deserted croquet courts. Miss Chilton watched in stunned silence as they played but she eventually grew bored and left when the spirits got into a long and boring argument over the placement of a ghost ball that had been hit out of bounds.

1960 – While approaching Miner’s Gate in the early morning hours of November 11, pipe fitter Lou Cirillo saw what he believed to be a ghostly handsome cab cross Fifth Avenue and enter Central Park. The floating transparent cab picked up a group of tourists just inside the park and charged them an exorbitant amount of money for a ride around the reservoir.

1997 – During a Garth Brooks Summerstage performance on the Great Lawn, the ghost of Ludwig Van Beethoven appeared before a handful of concertgoers. Beethoven’s ghost listened to the first chorus of Brooks’ hit tune Friends In Low Places, then shook his head sadly and vanished.

2003 – Several tourists reported seeing a giant swirling interdimensional portal appear at the southwest corner of The Mall.  The portal uprooted several small trees and sucked a trash can and a bench into it’s maw when it was dispersed by a Park Ranger for not having a permit to appear at the park on that day.

2011 – Six year old Danny Smith claims a swing at the Heckscher Playground began moving all by itself. Turns out it was just the wind blowing the swing back and forth. Dumb kid.

Happy Halloween from Central Park: A Misguide!


The Curious Ghost of Conservatory Garden

Conservatory Garden on Central Park’s upper east side is home to four separate gardens, two magnificent fountains, and one ghost.

Anyone who frequents the gardens has heard the stories of a strange spirit who roams the pathways around Vanderbilt Gate, stopping to tell frightened onlookers random facts about a variety of subjects.

The first reported sighting of the ghost happened in June 1989.

Local resident Anna Beylaw was sitting on a bench in the north garden when what she described as a “glowing, floating, man” appeared before her, pointed a bony finger at her and said “Did you know stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand?” But before a confused upper west side resident could reply, the ghost vanished.

Over the years other park goers visiting Conservatory Garden have encountered this bizarre phantom with a taste for trivia:

In 1993 a man walking his dog around the South Garden said a ghost hovered above him shouting “A crocodile can’t stick out his tongue!”

A local artist painting a portrait of the Burnett Fountain in 1997 claims an apparition materialized behind her and moaned “Scotland has the most redheads.”

In 2003, student Arthur Levinson was studying near the Garden Center was startled by a hovering specter who repeatedly moaned “The electric chair was invented by a dentist!”  Coincidentally, Levinson was a student at NYU College of Dentistry. He changed his major to orthopedic medicine the following semester.

The last documented sighting of this curious ghost was in the summer of 2008.

Central Park Conservatory volunteer Dee Ferguson was weeding the flowerbeds near Vanderbilt Gate when the ghost suddenly materialized and bellowed “Dandelions are a good source of vitamin D!”

“Actually, dandelions are a source of vitamins A and C, not D,” Ferguson replied. “They’re also provide iron, calcium, and potassium.”

“Really?” the ghost said. “Are you sure?”

“Very sure.” Mrs. Ferguson replied confidently.

“Huh,” the murmured. “Iron and calcium. That’s… interesting.”

And without another word, the mysterious spirit faded away.

Ghosts Of Central Park

Are there ghosts in Central Park?

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!