Yeah, I'm suggesting two threads in one day. I know a ton of New York City ghost stories because ghost stories are awesome, and I just learned a new one this week that I particularly enjoyed. There used to be this mansion not very far from where I live now, back when Brooklyn was mostly farmland, that was built by an Englishman in the mid-1700s and given to a Tory who was a Colonel, named Axtell. During time spent in England, Axtell became engaged to a woman but, once they were engaged, ended up falling in love with her sister. After they were married, they moved back to New York to live in the mansion. Soon after that, the sister ended up coming to New York as well to be with Axtell in secret. He ended up hiding her in this secret room in the mansion, which was only accessible by this hidden staircase in a closet. She spent years in there, with Axtell visiting her every night and only one maid knowing she was up there, who would bring her food and care for her. Meanwhile, the wife was getting upset because her letters to her sister were going unanswered, and she was sure that it meant she was in trouble or dead, which Axtell let her believe. After a few years, Axtell was called away for the war. During this time, the maid - who, again, was the only person that knew about her - died. The sister wasn't able to get out of her room, so she went nuts and died of starvation. Axtell had no idea and, upon his return and discovering that the maid had died, rushed up to the secret room to find the remains of the sister. This is how his wife found out about everything, and a shitshow ensued. Both Axtell and his wife died shortly afterwards "of heartbreak" and all of their ghosts were supposed to have haunted the mansion until it was torn down. In honor of Halloween: Focus: What are your favorite local legends and/or ghost stories? Alt-focus: Have you ever gone to investigate a legend for yourself as a bored teenager and/or a drunk adult? You know, the "I dare you to go spend a night in the abandoned and totally haunted house where there was that murder-suicide" type of adventure.