Haunted places in Hoboken?

10/30/2008 BUMP:

Just wanted to bump this post from December 2006 – many of you might have missed it… way back in 411’s first year!

spooky.jpgThis should have been put up way back around Halloween, but here we go anyway!

A reader sent in this website with a silly list of supposedly haunted places in New Jersey.

Any other spooky places in town (other than City Hall?) Or other known urban legends that have existed over the years?

Here’s the two from this site:

Arthur’s Tavern – There is supposedly three ghosts who haunt this huge restaurant. There are reports from employees of footsteps, lights going on and off or flickering, doors opening by themselves, a clipboard flying off a desk, whispers, and someone’s hair being pulled.

The Brass Rail Restaurant – The restaurant is over 100 years old. Waiters and waitresses have seen the ghosts of a bride, groom and wedding parties walking down the spiral staircase of the two-story restaurant, late at night, when they’re cleaning up.

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74 Comments on "Haunted places in Hoboken?"

8 years 9 months ago

Pretty interesting about those two locations. What’s City Hall’s story? Besides looking spooky and smelling musty, what’s the paranormal angle there?

It would be pretty cool to see T.A.P.S. (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) shoot an epsiode on the Sci-Fi channel here in Hoboken. I just don’t if these places qualify enough for them to make the trip from Rhode Island. Who knows. But it depends on frequency of occurance, level of danger or interference with daily lives, etc.

Does anyone know of other haunted places in Hoboken, or have personal stories in their own place?

8 years 9 months ago

Dead Man’s Cave. It’s under the cannon at Stevens. There’s a trail just past the chain fence to the north of the cannon. Following it down will bring you to the base of the stone wall that the cannon sit’s upon. If you do try and find it be careful, I don’t want anyone breaking their a** on my account. Do this sober please. Got that Nihil? :-) Also, I don’t know how Stevens feels about it so stealth might be in order.
Disclaimer… I am in no way, shape or form condoning any activity that may cause one to either break the law or bring harm to themselves. Being the wonderful litigious society we are, I wouldn’t want Katie suing me.
The cave entrance was sealed for some time but I believe it’s open now. Not really a big cave, just a room. We were told as kids that bodies were found in there and it was haunted. This is not to be confused with Sybil’s cave.

The Union Club at 600 Hudson street was said to be haunted. It was speak easy during probation and I was always told that there were tunnels underneath that were used for running booze. There was also a mob hit down there I think In the seventies.

Some history on Sybil’s cave here…

8 years 9 months ago

Sybil’s Cave I know about. Dead Man’s Cave is new to me. Thanks for the tip! Maybe one day I’ll consider exploring, but really don’t feel like spending 24 hours with HPD. TAPS might be able to get the permits, if there was anything substantial to bring them. The Union Club tunnels seem like a pretty interesting thing though. Too bad Hoboken doesn’t open it up to tourism.

8 years 9 months ago

Well I was at Arthur’s not to long ago and I must admit I saw something that truely scared me. It was my steak which had more fat then meat. My god did I run like the dickens out of that hell hole.

8 years 9 months ago

Wgenese, Interestingly enough – there is a tunnel that runs underneath Washington street from 2nd all the way up to 14th street. It’s difficult to pass nowadays, with a lot of debris (and plenty of rats), but it is still there.. I’ve gone from 3rd up to about 10th street in it before I bricked up the entrance in the basement of my place…
It’s the old trolley tunnel that they used to transport coal to all the boilers along washington street in the 1800s… Then during prohibition, they used it to run alcohol.. Pretty cool… Pretty scary under there, too.. It’s a brick tunnel, with the vaulted ceilings, but with all the clutter in it, you have to crawl through some openings now..
A number of years ago, there was actually a collapse around 6th & washington, where the street opened into a sinkhole and fell into the tunnel… hehe..