The area of West 44th Street in New York City was just a patch of farmland and forest and 1792. The American Revolutionary War had ended less than 10 years before, and maybe events that took place then caused the ghost that eventually became known as Lucy Ryan to haunt this area.
In the 1850's a huge mansion was built at 14 W. 10th Street, off Fifth Avenue in an area now known as Washington Square Park. In 1957, Jan Bryant Bartell moved into the 100-year-old brownstone, and it was not long before she realized she was never alone within those walls. She eventually wrote a book about her experiences titled, Spindrift: Spray from a Psychic Sea, describing how she felt monstrous moving shadows that would loom up behind her, but would find nothing when she turned around.
Located between the Bronx and Riker's Island, situated in the middle of New York City's East River in an area known as Hell's Gate is North Brother Island. In 1885 if you were sick and contagious, you would be brought to this 20-acre island along with other patients from the five boroughs. In most cases the patients did not come here voluntarily but were forced to do so. It was far enough to stop disease from spreading, leaving those living and dying there feeling isolated. But in a city that was overcrowded and pestilence-stricken it was the best option to keep the populace safe.
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