I was reading a fun Halloween-ish ghost story on IRidetheHarlemLine.com the other day, about a ghost horse named Maud S that roams the halls and concourses of Grand Central every now and then.
IRide’r Emily isn’t buying the legend of Maud S. She writes:
Perhaps I am a Halloween party pooper to say it, but there is no ghost of a horse wandering the station. I’d be more likely to believe that ghosts of some commuters haunt the station. In fact maybe that should have been written as a warning in Mileposts – don’t run to your train as you might trip, fall, die, and become the next ghost to wander the halls of the station come next October! And way before Metro North, I’m sure plenty of people have died in the station. It was, after all, built in the early 1900?s, railroading was hardly the safest occupation, plus it was being constructed as the previous station was being dismantled, all while maintaining train service. People certainly have died there. But those deaths are hardly as glamorous, and frankly amusing, as a fancy racehorse.
It all got me thinking about Trainjotting’s old ghost yarn, about Ezekiel Marcus–the cowboy who reportedly died on the High Line in western Manhattan many decades ago, but who still roams (at least according to Trainjotting!) the line to scare off pedestrians. He also had a unique ability to make it rain.
I googled the Ezekiel Marcus yard and found a bunch of blogs and various other sites, along with my favorite–a ghost hunting TV/radio personality named Joyce Keller, who goes to the High Line to communicate with Ezekiel Marcus.
Keller, for what it’s worth, was named one of the Top 100 Psychics–not only in America, but in the world!
She visits the “very, very haunted” High Line, where she says “you can actually feel [Ezekiel Marcus’s] presence.” She proceeds to offer up a handful of factual innaccuracies about the High Line and its ghost–including the fact that Ezekiel Marcus repeatedly disrupted the construction of the High Line into a park.
The frightful Keller says she’s at the High Line to bring “peace and serenity” to Mr. Marcus–and perhaps to bring him “into the light.”
“I can feel him standing right here,” she says.
Alas, Marcus opts to stay in the shadows.