Haunted House Moves…Literally

To be honest, I’ve never really understood moving a house. It just seems odd to me, and even though I guess the experts know ways around this, it just seems like it would cause structural damage. And ultimately be more trouble than it’s worth. For the record, we’ve actually investigated a house that was supposedly […]

Photo of the Week: The Conference House, Staten Island, NY

The Conference House, also known as the Billopp House, is a colonial mansion in the Tottenville section of Staten Island, N.Y. It’s historically significant because on September 11th, 1776, Ben Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge held a Peace Conference here with British officials, in an attempt to stop the Revolutionary War. They failed. The […]

Photo of the Week: The Alice Austen House

This week’s photo is from the Alice Austen House Museum, located on Staten Island, New York. The house, as you may have guessed, was the home of the now-famous photographer Alice Austen. Alice first became interested in photography when her uncle, Oswald Müller, brought home a camera in approximately 1876. Alice’s uncle Peter Townsend Austen was […]

Photo of the Week: The Matron’s House, Staten Island, NY

This week’s photo, like last week’s photo, comes from Snug Harbor on Staten Island, New York. Rumored to be the most haunted building on the grounds of Snug Harbor, the Matron’s House even attracted the team from TAPS as they filmed their Ghost Hunters episode “Murdered Matron” at Snug harbor, and the episode got its […]

Hurricane Sandy – Places Where You Can Donate

As native New Yorkers and New York City residents, those of use here at The Occult Section are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Many people died, businesses and waterfronts were destroyed, and thousands are still without power, food, water and shelter. As such, we do not feel comfortable blogging just yet. We […]

Photo of the Week: Sailors’ Snug Harbor, Staten Island NY

Most of our photos of the week are exterior shots, but this one was taken inside one of the most active places we’ve ever investigated: The Governor’s House, located on the grounds of Sailors’ Snug Harbor on Staten Island, New York. Founded in 1801 by Captain Robert Randall, Snug Harbor was built as an institution […]

Photo of the Week: Woodland Cemetery, Staten Island, NY

This week’s photo was taken at Woodland Cemetery on Staten Island, New York. Established in 1854, Woodland Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries on Staten Island, and is still active to this day. Though the cemetery is still active, it has fallen into disrepair and many of the older areas of the cemetery are […]

Photo of the Week: Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Staten Island, NY

This week’s photo is from Baron Hirsch Cemetery on Staten Island, New York. Located in the Graniteville section of Staten Island, Baron Hirsch Cemetery is a beautiful, sprawling Jewish cemetery with burials dating back to the early 1800s. The most notable person buried in the cemetery is Paul Zindel, author of “The Pigman,” one of […]

Halloween Events at Snug Harbor

Yes, it’s shameless self-promotion time again, but this time, I’m taking a few friends along with me. With September almost halfway over, those of us with paranormal leanings are finding our attention becoming more and more focused on the Halloween season. And Halloween season means lots of ghost tours of haunted locations and other fun […]

“Cropsey” now on Video On Demand/Pay-Per-View

Last month I reviewed the film “Cropsey,” which detailed the late 1970s and early 1980s child disappearances on Staten Island, NY and the suspect in the case, Andre Rand. The film’s press agent, Jason Klorfein, e-mailed me yesterday to let me know that the film is now available nationwide on Video On Demand, with such […]