A Haunting in St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery

Proof of paranormal activity found at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

Peter Stuyvesant Stained Glass inside St. Mark's Church in the Bowery (Photo by Anthony Long)
Peter Stuyvesant Stained Glass inside St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery (Photo by Anthony Long)

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery is the second-oldest church in NYC. It’s also alleged to be haunted by the spirit of New Amsterdam governor (and notorious asshole) Peter Stuyvesant. Originally built-in 1799, this church regularly tops most haunted lists.

Rumors of Stuyvesant haunting the church property have persisted, even flourished for decades. Parishioners, vacationers and probably pensioners have reported strange sightings, and heard phantom bells ringing.

Determined to capture evidence, and give Peter a piece of my mind – I reached out to secure permission.  After a brief exchange, I set the date for the investigation and sent out an event bulletin to our Detectives.

Typically investigations happen at night, but with national landmarks, you have to take what you can get.  Nevertheless, my crack team investigators managed to make the 9 am call time.

Intent on mixing spirits with spirits, a few of us even smuggled in flasks. I don’t quite recall what I packed in the thermos that day, so it must’ve been tequila.

Thermos or Flask? I let the law decide. (Photo by Anthony Long)
Thermos or Flask? I let the law decide. (Photo by Anthony Long)

Amongst the coven for our investigation was journalist Brady Dale who reported on the historic hunt with Observer, psychic-empath Stacy Cecil, and others.

I could discuss the investigation in great detail if it weren’t for the “Sangria-soaked brunch”, as Brady recalled. Almost three years later, the details of some of these earlier investigations slip me.

Sulfates-aside, one event I do remember quite vividly, is the push.

Bradys’ report presents multiple occurrences of paranormal activity, including a member of BKPS seemingly being pushed by an invisible entity. Experts of the Brooklyn Paranormal Society agree that although an attack by a negative spirit is possible, it’s not typical in any way.

Brady recalls “I listened as the medium, who had started us off with a simple séance”. The medium went on to inform Kelsey she had “some sort of spirit that seemed to be following her around, protecting her.”

Kelsey is a paranormal detective with BKPS. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.)

What ever was protecting Kelsey must’ve had its hands full that day. High school level history told me Newton’s first law is that every object will remain at rest, or in uniform motion in a straight line unless forced to change its state by the action of an external force.

I can’t tell you what the external force specifically was, but whatever it was shoved Kelsey three feet forward with the force of mild fender-bender.

Stacy Cecil, the groups’ psychic-medium attempted to communicated with the seemingly aggressive spirit, but bid unsuccessful in the moments following.

On the guardian angel that surrounds Kelsey, BKPS psychic Stacy stated “It feels like a Grandma”. Often, these protective spirits known as “guardian angels” watch over people or places and protect them from harm.

After prayers, meditation and a half-assed attempt at shaming Peter’s spirit from the depths below the church, technology succeeded where our psychic muscle failed. We appeared to capture a spirit voice.

Finding St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery

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