• Abigail Brenker

The Haunted House in My Neighborhood

This house sits at the corner of Guernsey and Oak streets in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Neighborhood.

For the last few years it’s been covered in Halloween decorations but that doesn’t distract from it’s truly haunting exterior. The stolen land was sold by Samuel Tilden in 1887, who had made a lot of money selling off his property in Greenpoint.

He felt like he had a responsibility to give back to the community. The property was acquired by the mission of The Ladies Benevolent Association of the 17th Ward, a charity organization that was founded in 1882 to create housing for elderly women in poverty.

The residents, known at the time as inmates, at 137 Oak Street were required to be Protestant and pay $50 a year. Census records show consistent occupancy until the 1940s or 1950s.

Now it’s known as the spooky haunted house in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where neighborhood kids still spin tales and exaggerate its origins.

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