Il Buco’s wine cellar, New York, NY
Edgar Allen Poe spent many hours in the building that houses Il Buco on Bond Street, which was a tavern during Poe’s time, and it’s said that the space inspired him to write The Cask of Amontillado. Today, the wine cellar is over 200 years old and is said to be haunted. Owner Donna Lennard can attest to that: after an experience she had herself following a visit from a team of real-life ghost busters, who felt a serious presence.
“At the bottom of the steps, they had a vision of a struggle between a man and a woman. They followed the ghosts into the wine cellar and heard a baby crying,” Lennard said. “They sensed that the woman had been murdered downstairs, and the ghost busters spent hours downstairs clearing the space of spirits.”
Later, Lennard was downstairs with her partner, Alberto, when she felt strange energy. “There was a picture in a frame propped against the side of the wall. We were standing there to get a sense of the space and suddenly the frame crashed onto the floor. We jumped out of our skin and ran upstairs. For the next few months, I was not comfortable going down to the cellar at night!”