In the city that never sleeps, not even the dead get a chance to rest.

A number of famed New York City locales — from hotels to Broadway theaters — are said to be haunted, often by celebrity ghosts.

“New York is inherently haunted,” said paranormal investigator Adam Berry, co-host of “Kindred Spirits” on the Travel Channel. “[It’s] the energy there, the fact there are so many people — and unfortunately we all meet our maker at some point.”

And sometimes, he added, ghosts can be hiding in plain sight.

“You live in New York and . . . you always see that person who’s out of character, but you don’t pay any attention to them,” he said of strangers on the street or subway who may be wearing clothes from a long-gone period or acting in an odd way. “How do you know that they’re not a ghost?”

New Amsterdam Theatre

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Aladdin Theater Marquee, New  Amsterdam Theater, Times Square, West 42nd Street, NYC. Image shot 2016. Exact date unknown.

The story goes that, an overnight security guard was standing center stage in an empty Broadway theater when he sensed a presence behind him. Suddenly he saw a woman wearing a green dress and a necklace with blue and pink stones, with a flask in her hand. She moved across the stage, blew him a kiss — and walked right through the wall. The police were called, but nothing was found.

It happened at the New Amsterdam Theatre in 1997 — and marked the first alleged encounter with the ghost of Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl who used to perform at a rooftop nightclub atop the building.

Thomas died in 1920 on her Paris honeymoon after mistaking mercury bichloride — her husband’s syphilis medication — for a sleeping potion.

Apparently, her spirit floated across the Atlantic and back to the place she loved to perform.

During a 2007 performance of “Mary Poppins,” a patron was directed by “a beautiful young lady” at the top of the aisle, though no usher had been stationed there. Another time, a stagehand saw legs wearing high heels strut down a staircase — only to disappear.

There are also invisible encounters. While walking out of the theater one night, Dana Amendola, vice president of operations at Disney Theatrical Group, felt a tug on his shirt.

“I thought it was one of my employees,” he said. “I turned around and no one was there.”

“I think in her very short life, her happiest moments were here,” said Amendola of Thomas.

Now there’s a photo of her at every exit door — performers and staff blow her image a kiss when they leave.

“Maybe we’re keeping her happy,” Amendola said.

The Friars Club

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Midtown’s Friars Club is famed for its celebrity roasts — maybe even among ghosts.

The members-only comedy establishment, now in its 115th year, has had reports of phantom footsteps, invisible touches and bizarre noises.

“We don’t know who’s haunting the Friars Club,” said investigator Adam Berry, who visited the club for a 2011 TV show. “We assume it’s someone familiar with the space, someone who obviously was a member — and someone who’s continuing to make jokes in the afterlife.”

Indeed, the hauntings don’t seem meant to terrify. When Berry and his team were there, they heard a knock on one of the locker-room toilet stalls. After they went to examine it, more noises started coming from upstairs.

“[The ghost is] doing it like, ‘Look at these idiots,’ ” Berry said with a laugh. “It was very playful..”

Speculation has attributed the activity to the ghost of vaudeville performer Al Kelly, 67, who died of a heart attack in the club’s dining room in 1966.

“[The ghost] probably had some of the happiest times of their life there,” said Berry. “If [it is Kelly], maybe somebody gave him a joke to die for.”

Algonquin Hotel

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Algonquin Hotel

Midtown’s legendary Algonquin Hotel isn’t just a place where tourists can kick up their feet at the end of the day. It’s also known as a home to an otherworldly presence.

“Objects appear and disappear,” said “Ghosts and Murders of Manhattan” author Elise Gainer. “People have seen apparitions.”

It’s believed that the hotel’s chief ghost is none other than Dorothy Parker — the writer and satirist who began hosting her raucous Algonquin Round Table lunches, which included New Yorker founder Harold Ross, comedian Harpo Marx and playwright George S. Kaufman, there 100 years ago.

“[People] have seen the full-bodied apparition of Dorothy in the lobby area,” said Gainer of Parker, who spent nearly every day in the hotel for more than a decade. “Her energy returns to the place where she felt most vibrant.”

Since Parker’s 1967 death from a heart attack at Manhattan’s former Volney Hotel, Algonquin guests have heard the sound of furniture moving within rooms and mysterious songs playing in the elevator.

“It could be . . . she just gravitated back to that place because she was alive, she was witty, she was the head of the table and people adored her,”
said Gainer.

Hotel Chelsea

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Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, USA.

The Hotel Chelsea has long been a haven for creative types, including Jack Kerouac, Edie Sedgwick and Patti Smith. But it’s also said that the 136-year-old structure is home to some funky spirits. After all, it’s seen plenty of tragedy.

Most famously, Nancy Spungen was stabbed to death in room 100 on Oct. 12, 1978; her boyfriend, Sex Pistols bassist Sid ­Vicious, was arrested and charged with her murder, though he succumbed to a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.

The ghost supposedly most spotted by Chelsea residents is a woman named Mary.

Actor Michael Imperioli of “The Sopranos” had a chilling encounter with her in 1996. Imperioli, who declined to comment for this story, said in a 2010 episode of the TV show “Celebrity Ghost Stories” that he saw Mary late at night on the eighth floor, where he lived for two months.

“At the end [of the hallway] was a figure of a woman in the corner, kind of hunched over — her head was down, she was crying,” he said. “I called out and said ‘Are you OK?’ . . . Right ­after I said that, from behind me I heard a loud pop. I turned around immediately — the lightbulb in the fixture had popped, so that part of the hallway became very dark. And when I turned back around, she was completely gone.”

He eventually realized he had just seen the notorious Mary — and learned that in 1912 she had traveled to the hotel from Buffalo to welcome her new husband from a trip to England.

“Her husband had the misfortune to book passage on the Titanic and he never made it back to New York,” said Imperioli. After Mary learned of his death, “She went back to the [hotel] and hung herself in her room.”

Lately, said psychic and former resident Gabriel Marchisio, the hotel’s ghosts have been upset as the Chelsea has undergone eight years of construction to turn it into a luxury inn.

Marchisio claims that, after the demolition of a sixth-floor unit, invisible forces began cracking the glass in doors along the hallway.

“This is like a portal for another world,” said Marchisio.

White Horse Tavern

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White Horse Tavern

True to his famed poem, Welsh writer Dylan Thomas did not go gentle into that good night.

In 1953, Thomas allegedly downed 18 shots of whiskey at the White Horse Tavern in the West Village before stumbling outside and collapsing into a coma. (He died at the nearby former Saint Vincent’s hospital.)

It’s said, however, that his spirit remains inside the legendary bar, which has been in the news since March. Locals and regulars worry that new owners will turn the watering hole into an upscale bar. (New co-owner Steve Croman, who reopened the place May 23 with a limited menu, has said he has no such plans.)

In any case, will changes rattle Thomas’ ghost? Tipplers over the past decades have claimed to see the writer sipping drinks in his usual seat.

Some swear that mugs of beer and shots of whiskey have appeared at Thomas’ table.

And in the book “Ghost Hunting New York City,” author L’Aura Hladik Hoffman writes that in 2002, a tourist was seated at the White Horse’s bar with friends when she saw a strange man next to her raise his arm and shout “Drinks for everyone!”

But no one reacted. She turned to her friends and told them to look at the man, but when she fixed her eyes back to the spot, he was gone. Only later did she realize it was Thomas.

“How could he have left the bar so quickly?” wrote Hladik Hoffman. “That’s when it hit her: She’d seen a ghost!”


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