Welcome to the Brooklyn Paranormal Society.

The Brooklyn Paranormal Society is a collective of investigators with a passion for the strange, abnormal, and unexplainable.

We study creepy and compelling history throughout Brooklyn and beyond. Whether you’re a skeptic, believer, or somewhere in between, our exclusive events provide access to some of the best haunts—locally and across America.

Haunted Brooklyn Escape Room Proves Inescapable For Spirits

Locked in windowless rooms, searching for; and finding the unseen is a daily occurrence for both Bellevue patients, and the committable Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society.

Acting on a tip that a room within Brooklyn Escape Rooms held spiritual energy, we met to investigate.

All This Horror Business

Since its conception in 2010, Escape Rooms have risen from a dozen venues in 2014 to over 2,800 (as of writing). There are currently eight Escape Games in operation within Brooklyn with most clustered around the Williamsburg area and an outlier in Midwood.

Tethered to an $8 billion dollar Halloween industry with heavy hitters known for “Scary-Good Strategy” such as Spirit Halloween, Escape Games often utilize temporary leases and subleases, with some even popping-up inside of breweries.

Escape Games appeals to those seeking a rush, looking to test their problem-solving skills, or seeking social activity for a special occasion. Birthday parties, work events and dates are common at these amusements.

Each with a unique theme, escape rooms lock hopeful contestants in rooms with challenging puzzles and riddles. Solving a series of puzzles usually unlocks the door, however running out of time is the most popular method of exit.

Motifs and themes vary by location, and seasonal pop-up businesses spring up; bearing themes like Ghost Room during autumn and Christmas Escape over winter. Popular mainstays are the Rube Goldberg Room, the Panic Room, and the Arcade Room.

Completion rates vary by design of the room. Beginner level rooms are sometimes fool-proof; designed to accommodate new players with simple challenges, whereas the most difficult rooms are said to have completion rates of under 2%.

Tickets usually command between $20 to $45 per person, with metropolitan cities experiences commanding significantly more. Some rooms self-report ticket sales to be  over 140,000 per year which means an attraction can generate over a million dollars in revenue per year.

The Detectives present spanned a wide gamut of psychic ability and investigative skill levels. We were joined by a BKPS first-timer; he stated upon arrival that he was eager to experience our unique view on the paranormal. One member travelled from Boston, MA for the occasion.

Our most seasoned spiritualist Kor was present to provide mediumship for our investigation. Psychic-medium Kor has attended numerous paranormal investigations hosted by Brooklyn Paranormal Society and has a spotless record of meaningful spiritual communications, otherwise known as hits.

These hits are messages conveyed from the spirit-world, which must also align with abnormalities in our logging devices which monitor EMF activity, temperature, and other environmental factors.

Most were Brooklyn locals while  some travelled for the occasion. “Anticipation!” for the investigation was noted as being the cause for a trip from Boston, MA to Brooklyn.  It’s not every day the team gets to investigate a truly haunted location so close to founding HQ at 5th Ave and St Marks Pl.

Also present were Brooklyn Escape Room manager Ray, joined by Dungeon Master John. Ray was our complainant, a possible sensitive that has been affected by paranormal activity in multiple locations; though she stated they were clustered to a specific area.

Though the seemingly-sensitive Ray suggested that the spiritual energy could reside in a specific area, the astute detectives of BKPS knew the sordid history of the land we were standing upon.

The target of our investigation Brooklyn Escape Rooms hosts three rooms; each uniquely themed and intricately designed. Their motifs are medieval and post-apocalyptic. There’s also the haunted; a fourth experience currently under construction.

Unseasoned hunches would propose that the most likely room to host spiritual energy would be The Haunted. However, BKPS Detectives are regularly trained to avoid cognitive biases, such as confirmation bias, primacy effect and most importantly courtesy bias.

Bearing in mind that the institution was only a few years old, by all accounts, there were no signs of symptoms of a haunting before the rooms were built. And while it’s possible that owner Regina knew of a room hosting spiritual energy, she indicated to us that she had no psychic or sensitive abilities.

Sensitives possess an increased susceptibility to energy and stimulation from their environments. With training, sensitives can grow their talent into ability. It’s estimated that 20% of the world’s population is sensitive, or in some way psychic.

There’s thought to be hundreds of types of psychic abilities, though not all are generally accepted.

Of the possible hundreds; thirty-odd are unique and distinct. The most notable of notable psychic abilities vary from Apportation — the ability to teleport yourself or an object; to Thoughtography which is the ability to imprint images from one’s mind onto physical surfaces via psychic means.

Over the years we’ve utilized conscious abilities to contact spirits during ghost hunts such as Conjuring and Scrying, and we’ve witnessed our Detectives feverishly scribble clues from the other-side using Automatic Writing.

While these techniques are complementary to an investigation where the purpose is to gather information and data, not all psychic abilities yield themselves to an adventurous detective agency.

If we had mastery over abilities like Second Sight or Pre-cognition which provide the psychic with definite knowledge; our cases would be closed before we received tips!

During our initial research phase, I dug through internet and newspaper archives to build a primer on the history of the land, and the various businesses the property has hosted over the years.

Long before the mysterious cloud sightings at Beyond Vape and spontaneous eruptions at Barclays Center was the presence of the Lenape tribe…


On Natives, and Spirits

Leaders of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribal Reorganization in the 1970s

Origin stories of the Lenape tribe, the natives of the land were investigated upon to peg their dawn at over 10,000 years ago. While their influence isn’t felt in the communities now upon their land, their customs and beliefs fit in perfectly with many of us today.

The Lenape believe that spirits surround us. Some are positive while others are negative. Their belief system, known as Animism, explains that everything has a spirit, from rocks to trees.

The negative spirits (Menetuwak) are believed to cause sickness and death, while the positive spirits can be plied with offerings like fruit or small gifts, with the intention of  hopes coming to fruition through the offerings.

The first recorded contact with Europeans came in 1524. Upon entering Lower New York Bay; a narrow strait between Brooklyn and New Jersey — explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano was greeted by local Lenape tribesmen in canoes.

Though their official website touts them to be peace-loving, history, and our psychic-medium Kor report differently.  It should come as no surprise that the Lenape were adept warriors, their arsenals and abilities were honed over hundreds of battles.

The might of the Lenape were called upon numerous times in history, most notably during the Revolutionary War, which saw the Lenape fight on both sides. A cursory search of the history of the tribe shows that they used weapons including war clubs, tomahawks, battle hammers, bows and arrows, knives, spears and axes,

While the 1600s were terrible for the Lenape because of misfortune, inter-tribal, and European violence affecting them; a few years throughout the decade stand out as notable.

For example, most know that modern-day Manhattan is truly priceless; but in 1638 the land was priced at a paltry 60 guilders — about $24. This jaw-dropping amount pales in comparison to the current estimated value of the land, which is quoted to be as high as 1.74 trillion dollars.

Possibly the most disadvantageous political election of all time also signified the downfall of the Lenape. This occurred in 1936 with the arrival of governor Willem Kieft. Kieft would prove to be a scourge upon the Lenape.

He  launched a campaign of torture and terror which reached a notable climax in 1641 when a bounty was placed on Raritan scalps. This incentivized the Dutch settlers to murder local Native Indians. Two-year long Kieft’s War (1643-1645) erupted as a result, with Settlers and Natives both engaging in back-and-forth violence.

The Pavonia Massacre (Feb. 25, 1643) saw Dutch soldiers torture and murder Lenape peoples, with the natives’ response coming later on October 1st, 1643. On that day, a force of united Native Indian tribes attacked and razed the homesteads at Pavonia.

In 1647, Peter Stuyvesant succeeded Kieft and is said to have arrived with intentions of quelling the situation. However, history and our prior paranormal investigation of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery revealed the spirit of Peter Stuyvesant to be rude, mean and benevolent.

Stuyvesant was recorded as being intolerant of others’ religious beliefs, and it’s said the institution of slavery would flourish in New Amsterdam under his governorship. With regards to Peter’s chances of getting into heaven: break a leg.

The Lenape fought for the British throughout the French and Indian Wars (1688-1763). Exotic disease and constant warfare took an undeniable toll on the numbers of Lenape. By 1845, less than 2,000 Lenape were in existence.

Today, the Lenape population has surpassed 16,000 and they are spread far and wide across North America.

Earliest records of the property begin on  August 31st, 1872 – when the house was listed for sale in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. In 1875, advertisements in the local paper referred to the property as Raymond & Co’s, or SK Raymond & Co’s Stables.

The passage of time, perhaps through the death of the owner brought a change of business from stables to furniture around 1934. At the  time, LI Freight Warehouse operated a business that sold unclaimed rail cargo at the property.

Morris Alzado

A surge in rail travel heralded the streamline era and forgetful passengers, employee errors and/or disregard meant passengers often lost luggage. Unclaimed luggage would then be acquired and sold by local businesses, a reflection present in the model of modern reality shows like Storage Wars.

The first recorded crime on the property was recorded in the local police blotter on August 26th, 1938 when four men were charged with stealing 18 radios and 100 radio tubes from the property at 594 Pacific Street.

Receiving stolen goods with the intention of re-selling them is known as fencing, and this was a popular crime in that time. Although little is known about the dynamic duo — including their sentences; we do know that Morris Alzado was a fan of George Washington. 

The archives were scoured for any other mentions, but nothing further was found…


The Investigation

Before descending the basement stairs, Ray dutifully warned us not that what we were about to experience would not necessarily be spooky; but rather it would be stinky. The basement had in previous years, (and while under different ownership) experienced a mold problem.

Due to the warning, we didn’t get a chance to test Clairofactance before we embarked. As you may have predicted, clairofactance is the ability to access spiritual or mediumistic knowledge through smell.

We used GoPros to get footage of the event. GoPros are cameras that are usually used for perspective shots or close ups in the realm of adventure and exploration. It’s convenience, high quality footage and it’s rustic and genuine feel makes it perfect for shooting footage related to ghost hunting.

These miniature video-cameras are excellent for ghost hunting since action cameras, are centered around capturing footage while you’re on the move, or for things on the move.

For our first stop, we investigated a post-apocalyptic themed room, which homed a carnivorous plant. We speculated that a Pterodactyl would be able to eat the plant, but even then it’s chances would be slim.

Immediately upon entering the room, we could sense that there was self abuse, and the ruckus in the room and within the doll was self inflicted. Despite the bed being extremely strong, the doll put the evil spirit, inadvertently, in the bed.

We tried to understand what the doll represents and how she might have impacted the basement she resided in. After talking to the doll, we understood that she represents a girl while another one of the dolls represents a boy who played the violin.

We then sat on the bed surrounded by all the dolls to get a better understanding of their past and the impact they had on the basement they resided in. The trunk in the basement possessed a positive energy, which barred the evil spirits from entering inside it. #Add a quote here from the video.

We then surveyed the basement which showed an element of a welcoming availability. Women and children who lived here were protected from soldiers and the place was a refuge where people got food and rest. Eventually, a doctor was brought here to treat the warriors and even the enemies. The boy who lived here was going to be killed by Native Americans, while his parents were slaughtered.

Jebediah was felt in the room and we addressed his spirit, reassuring him of his invaluable contributions to make this a safe place, after which we exited the premises. The Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society said a parting prayer, then hit Shake Shack for a wrap-up.

NJ Horror Con Weekend

A very special message for BKPS Detectives from John Kassir.

 

You heard the Crypt-keeper right, BKPS is headed to New Jersey Horror Con!

Join your fiends from BKPS for a fun weekend in Atlantic City.

New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival is an annual convention held in New Jersey. Their goal is to showcase independent films, and present opportunities to mingle and network with “big names” in horror.

The event will include over 20 well known celebrities, many Indie Horror films, Film Awards, Exclusive Q and A panels, 200 vendors, Cosplay, Trivia Contest, Photo Ops and more!

The convention is in Atlantic City which has become known in recent years for homing creepy abandoned casinos. We’ll be scouting, exploring, and hunting for ghosts outside the hours of the convention.

Shack Up With Us

Convention Hours:
Fri: 5pm-11pm
Sat: 10am-7pm
Sun: 10am-5pm

Group Activities:
Fri 11:30PM – Reserved.
Sat 9:00PM – Scaryoke with John Kassir, the voice of the Cryptkeeper!

It’s Scaryoke!! Join your host John Kassir ( The voice of the Crypt Keeper) after hours at New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival! Scaryoke will be held at ACE Restaurant Showboat Hotel Atlantic City Saturday March 30th at 9pm! Free to all wristband holders!

Get your tickets at ticketstripe!

A panoramic view of the BAM Harvey Theater as captured during our paranormal investigation. Photo by Anthony Long 2018.

Investigating BAM Harvey Theater

Contralto Marian Anderson in the role of Ulrica from a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's<em> Un ballo en maschera</em> in 1955. Anderson was the first African-American soloist to appear at the Met.
Contralto Marian Anderson in the role of Ulrica from a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s Un ballo en maschera in 1955.

In our prior pop-up paranormal investigation outside the perimeter of BAM we sought the spirit of Marian Anderson. Instead, our psychic found a spectral construction worker who dismissed us from the property.

Put-off in more than a paranormal way – we considered calling it quits, but a few months later we received an invitation that would see us deep inside the worn doors of BAM Harvey Theater.

As a team of paranormal investigators, we’re aware that we must keep an open mind and a willingness to experiment. When intriguing new opportunities arise, we embrace them.

We were recently invited back to one of our favorite local locations, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which you may recall from our Marian Anderson investigation earlier this year. This time, we investigated the BAM Harvey Theater, known colloquially as simply the “Harvey.”

Bam Harvey Theater. Photo Courtesy: BAM

For the uninitiated, the Harvey is a historic 1904 theater which once hosted avant-garde performances and classical music all the same, drawing a diverse audience made up of Brooklyn’s artistic community and intelligentsia.

The theater, at 651 Fulton St., was renovated (and renamed) in the 1980s, when renowned executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein hand-selected it as the venue for a nine-hour theater production. The original essence of the building remains, almost ruinous in its aesthetic; the crumbling brick and peeling paint stands at odds to the timeless theater-in-the-round seating area.

This juxtaposition of past and present made the Harvey the obvious venue for a recent modern re-telling of the Henry James classic horror novella, The Turn of the Screw.

In Victorian days, ghosts were all the rage.
In Victorian days, ghosts were all the rage.

The premise of the 1898 novel is a classic Victorian ghost story from the Arthur Conan Doyle era, playing on the public’s fears at the time relating to death, mortality, and the beyond. The heroine is a governess of a vast estate, convinced that the home is haunted.

The 1961 film The Innocents revisited the concept for the post-war epoch, but Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw by The Builders Association is a devoutly modern retelling for a millennial audience, with its use of technological stagecraft to create the ghastly and macabre atmosphere that fans of the original novella will be familiar with.

In the original story, the governess was hired after one quick interview. Even as she senses spirits on the property, she vacillates between sharp certainty and disquieting doubt. At many points she feared she was going insane.

Jade Rain Vega, BKPS Psychic points toward the location spiritual energy is felt.Jade Rain Vega, BKPS Psychic points toward the location spiritual energy is felt.

Jade, our psychic medium, is a female spiritualist who entered the scene with similar reservations about exploring the grounds. Recall that she sensed the spirit of a construction worker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music when we last visited.

During our investigation, Jade and a coven member identified two areas of importance. Jade identified a spirit to stage-right, while our guest psychic identified spiritual energy to the stage-left.

Before we could choose a path, we were informed that a crawl-space existed underneath us. The 4′ high space was described as creepy and claustrophobic. Naturally we decided to make a bee-line to see it.


Alex reads a prayer before Brooklyn Paranormal Society initiates contact with the spirits of BAM Harvey. Photo by Anthony Long 2018.
Alex recites psalm 91 before the paranormal investigation begins. Photo: Anthony Long 2018

Opening with Psalm 91, also known as an “anti-demonic” psalm – Alex our resident tarot expert led an engaging prayer and asked for protection from spirits for the group. We open each investigation with a prayer, or ritual such as the Lesser Banishing Ritual.

Psalm 91 is a poem, composed by either Moses or David, that imparts a confidence in the safety provided by God to the reader. Some consider Psalm 91 to be a Messianic prophecy, particularly upon reading its second half.

Upon investigation of stage-left we discovered the ghost light. A ghost light is an electric light, usually near the stage that’s left on when the theater is unoccupied. While the ghost light was a source of energy, we did not find any spiritual energy attached to it.

After checking out the ghost light, the coven made their way for an impromptu visit to the stage-left balcony. Here we encountered an energized exchange with a possible spirit who intelligently responded to our questions.

For our final investigative stop, we ascended toward a spiral staircase to the stage-right balcony. Jade led the team like a psychic bloodhound to the location where she felt the spiritual energy was most dense.

In our wrap-up, I imagine we looked a bit odd and out of place but the Archives Manager Louie Fleck was altogether too pleased to share a bit of fun facts about the theater with us.

Louie also provided us with a truly immersive “behind the curtain” experience. He gave a riveting presentation that covered everything from the history of the theater to some of the most famous shows that have taken place on its majestic stage.

We are grateful for the opportunity to investigate the Harvey, which was coordinated by Vilina Phan of BAM. Vilina was well educated and astute in pointing our similarities between the characters, and our BKPS Detectives.

We look back now on the investigation, with some time having passed with slight discomfort. Perhaps some similarities between ourselves and the characters is too difficult to ignore.

Will our debut in paranormal performance art haunt us forever?

Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society pose for a photograph after our investigation of BAM Harvey Theater. Photo by Anthony Long 2018.
Detectives of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society pose for a photograph after our investigation of BAM Harvey Theater. Photo by Anthony Long 2018.


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Wine + Tarot, Minus Boys

The Brooklyn Paranormal Society is proud to host our first ladies night.

Spend an enchanting evening with our psychics and tarot readers in Bushwick. Psychic reader Jade, and tarot specialist Alex will be on-site providing unlimited psychic and tarot readings. In one-on-one sessions our readers Jade and Alex will work in unison to guide you through the spirit world. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with loves ones in spirit, and mind.

For those interested in healing; Fernanda will be on-hand providing the restorative and healing art of Reiki. Reiki practitioners utilize their hands and palms to manipulate their clients energy, which is said to provide therapeutic effects for the body, mind and soul.

This event is ideal for couples/partners, families, girls night out, and individuals seeking to heal from loss or those curious about their life path. Bring mom.

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Ghost-Hunting Joey Ramone at Arlene’s Grocery

Arlene’s Grocery has been a lower east side institution since 1995 when the former bodega, and butcher shop were turned in to a venue. Since then, thousands of bands have played in the building; including notable performances by Lady Gaga and The Strokes. Charged performances by electric artists often leave a lasting impression.

While multiple sightings of ghosts have been reported by concert goers, we will be attempting to make contact specifically with Joey Ramone. Joey lived a few blocks from the venue, and is said to wander to the premises when a spectacular show is playing.

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BKPS at BIBA

BKPS at the Indie Makers Market

With its rustic wooden interior and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, BIBA is one of Williamsburg’s best-kept secrets. Formerly a rubber factory, the vintage building has been repurposed as a beer hall with a luxurious outdoor patio bordering the East River Park. If you have yet to experience Williamsburg’s hottest new haunt, now is your chance.

Sunday, BIBA will host an unforgettable new event, the Indie Makers Market, a celebration of small independent businesses in the North Brooklyn community. Beginning with a boozy brunch and delectable food by Awkward Scone, the activities will run from noon to 7 PM and include a little something for everyone, from food tastings with star chefs to tarot readings.

Brooklyn Paranormal Society will be onsite, bringing the spooky vibe to the market with a psychic on-site. We’re thrilled to be on the roster of such an incredible event, and can’t wait to meet as many interesting Brooklyn residents as we can—living and dead.

We’re really excited to explore the old rubber factory and search for lingering spirits, ever since we learned that the location, 101 Kent Ave., has a seriously creepy history. Apparently, many years ago, a freemason named Harry Rybeck was reported to be saved from drowning by one Thomas Mooney, who developed a reputation as an infamous political activist bomber. Rybeck lived many years after his brush with death, surviving until 1998.

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Tom Mooney as a young socialist, 1910

Now, we aren’t saying his ghost is hanging around the BIBA beer hall, but it’s a possibility we’re definitely willing to consider. After learning about the hidden details of the Rybeck story, initially described in a local paper as an act of heroism, we’ve certainly got some questions. Was Rybeck’s drowning really accidental—or was it an initiation of sorts? A promotion into the higher echelons of Freemasonry?

We enjoy sharing our passion for local history with a creepy touch. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions and to sign prospective members up for free. What’s more, we’ll be taking guests on free ghost hunts while the event is ongoing.

If you’ve ever considered coming out to a paranormal event, you’ll get a taste of what we’re all about. A peer-led collective consisting primarily of millennials, we’re an openminded yet skeptical group with an appreciation for good food, good hops, and weird stuff. We hope you’ll join us for this free event.