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White Horse Tavern
567 Hudson St., New York, NY at 11th St.; 212-989-3956
Leave it to a poet to go out in a dramatic fashion. Since 1953, this West Village establishment has been infamous as the place where Dylan Thomas had his last round. He reportedly took down eighteen whiskeys before returning to his room at the Hotel Chelsea, after which he was driven to St. Vincent’s hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. According to employees, Thomas did not go gentle into that good night, but still returns to shift his favorite writing table, which stands in the middle of the tavern to this day.

Photo: Shanna Ravindra; Corbis

Bridge Café
279 Water St., New York, NY at Dover St.; 212-227-3344
Located in the historic waterfront district, the Bridge Café was erected in 1794 and stands as the oldest original tavern in the city. Since its first days of business, it has served as a brothel and a favorite spot for river pirates and other ruffian seafarers who have been said to still visit the bar. Shiver me timbers! It was also the workplace of the notorious Ms. Gallus Mag, a six-foot-tall Irish bouncer who bit off the ears and fingers of unruly constumers and kept them on display in glass jars. Maybe the ghosts return to claim their missing appendages?

Photo: Shanna Ravindra

Ear Inn
326 Spring St., New York, NY nr. Greenwich St.; 212-431-9750
Built in 1817, this designated landmark has been a boarding house, smugglers’ den, and a pub since it first opened its doors. It was a popular gathering place for sailors in the nineteenth century, including a particularly unlucky one named Mickey who was struck by a car on the street outside and died instantly. But he hasn't travelled far since, and rumor has it he still comes by to spontaneously ignite the fireplace or zap the power from patrons' cell phones, which suddenly go dead. The bar's website asks that you let them know of any ghost sightings, so speak up if you spot him.

Photo: Carmen Lopez and A.J. Wilhelm; Corbis

The Waverly Inn
16 Bank St., New York, NY at Wavery Pl.; 917-828-1154
Guests at Graydon Carter’s hot spot may find their eyes scanning the room for more than just celebrities. The Bank Street restaurant is said to be haunted by a mischievous ghost in turn-of-the-century garb with pyromaniacal tendencies. The fire that overtook the building in 1997 proved a mystery to firefighters who were unable to find a reasonable cause, and Room 16, the restaurant’s smoking room and the only area left unscathed, was where the ghost allegedly preferred to spend his evenings.

Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux

One If By Land, Two If By Sea
17 Barrow St., New York, NY nr. Seventh Ave. South; 212-255-8649
This seemingly romantic restaurant is located in the former carriage house of the notorious Aaron Burr whose spirit is said to have spooked employees by throwing plates and chairs amongst the tables for two. The ghost of Burr’s daughter, while less of a disruption, also supposedly inhabits the building after she mysteriously disappeared while traveling from North Carolina to New York to visit her father.

Photo: Shanna Ravindra; Corbis

Barcade
388 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY nr. Ainslie St.; 718-302-6464
Bar meets arcade meets burial ground? The popular Williamsburg spot, whose walls are lined with classic video games like Super Mario and Ms. Pac-Man, is actually built on an old cemetery, which once serviced the Attorney Street Methodist Church and the First Methodist Protestant Church of Williamsburg. The bodies were reportedly removed when the churches closed in 1856, but many wonder if a few skeletons still remain.

Photo: Andrew Karcie; Corbis
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Ghosts of NY Walking Tours
Join this spooky tour company on its Phantom Pub Crawl of the West or East Village to hunt for more of New York’s famous ghostly boozers. The spirits of Oscar Wilde, Thomas Paine, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Wolfe, Edgar Allan Poe, and other restless souls are included in either of these haunted adventures (the drinks, however, are not). Oct. 20, 26 at 6:30 p.m.; $20 by credit card online; $25 in person. Group rates and private tours are available.

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Carl Henry Nacht (left) West Side Highway and 38th Street. After dinner on June 22, 2006, Nacht, a doctor who often cycled to make house calls to his elderly patients, was hit by an NYPD tow truck crossing the Hudson River Park bikeway.

Shamar Porter Linden Boulevard near Williams Avenue, East New York. On August 5, 2006, Porter’s Little League team won its playoff game. He was struck by a minivan after leaving the field.

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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