Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Actress Jessica Chastain buys haunted New York City apartment

Jessica Chastain, beware!

The actress, who just plunked down $5.1 million for an apartment at The Osborne across from Carnegie Hall, may find herself riding the elevator with a white-suited gentleman who died in 1947.

The ghost of Alfredo Taylor — an architect who designed the 1906 addition to the famed apartment house — is said to roam the building’s halls and ride the lift. It’s said he likes to dangle a watch fob from his hand.

But rumor has it Taylor is not the only ghost to call The Osborne Apartments home.

“I have a poltergeist!” said Naomi Graffman, who has lived at The Osborne with her husband, Gary, since 1962.

Graffman said sliding doors would open and close by themselves and a pot of water on the stove would boil without anyone turning on the burner. “We’d be standing in the hallway talking and the toilet would start to flush,” she said.

Graffman believes her spirited house guest is Johanna Gadski, a German-born mezzo-soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera before World War I. She lived at the time in The Osborne — in Graffman’s apartment.

Gadski, a red-haired practical joker, had to step down from the Met because she was German. She died in a car accident in Berlin in 1932.

Davida Deutsch’s first night in her Osborne apartment in 1971 was harrowing. Deutsch and her husband had heard rumors of a ghost and were so nervous, they left a broom near their bed in case they needed to ¬defend themselves against the apparition. Sure enough, they were startled awake by a loud bang in the night.

“We were scared to death,” said Deutsch, who put aside her fears and has become the building’s unofficial historian.

Read Full Story: New York Post

1 comment:

Rasmus Korra said...

I photographed a fundraising conference recently at venues in Chicago. What a wonderful place for photos. I almost always hate being anywhere at 6am, but this breakfast event proved an exception. The manger and his staff were extremely professional.