Year in Review 2017

The Year In Review: 2017

And just like that, it’s 2018. The past year was a bit of a wild ride for the world, and unfortunately I didn’t get around to posting much on the blog, for a variety of reasons. I’m really not big on the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing, but I really do need to make a […]

Alligator found in Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, bathtub

Alligator Found in Staten Island Bathtub

Most people are familiar with the urban legend of “alligators in the sewers,” especially here in New York City. And a good portion of those people probably still believe it’s just that, an urban legend. But it has actually happened (and there are many “out of place” animal reports in addition to this one). But recently the NYPD […]

Creepy Clown Spotted on Staten Island

As a native New Yorker and a paranormal investigator, I have to say that in my opinion,  the creepiest borough in New York City is Staten Island. Not Manhattan, not Brooklyn. Queens is barely on my radar, and the Bronx is scary for non-paranormal reasons, but the forgotten borough is the place to be if […]

The Year in Review: 2013 – Part 3

Happy New Year, readers! 2014 is here, and it’s time once again to look back at the previous year. I first did a “Year in Review” series back in 2012 (for 2011), but wasn’t able to do one last year. The demands of my job at the time were too great, and I was bogged […]

Haunted House Moves…Literally

To be honest, I’ve never really understood moving a house. It just seems odd to me, and even though I guess the experts know ways around this, it just seems like it would cause structural damage. And ultimately be more trouble than it’s worth. For the record, we’ve actually investigated a house that was supposedly […]

Photo of the Week: The Conference House, Staten Island, NY

The Conference House, also known as the Billopp House, is a colonial mansion in the Tottenville section of Staten Island, N.Y. It’s historically significant because on September 11th, 1776, Ben Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge held a Peace Conference here with British officials, in an attempt to stop the Revolutionary War. They failed. The […]

Photo of the Week: The Alice Austen House

This week’s photo is from the Alice Austen House Museum, located on Staten Island, New York. The house, as you may have guessed, was the home of the now-famous photographer Alice Austen. Alice first became interested in photography when her uncle, Oswald Müller, brought home a camera in approximately 1876. Alice’s uncle Peter Townsend Austen was […]

Photo of the Week: The Matron’s House, Staten Island, NY

This week’s photo, like last week’s photo, comes from Snug Harbor on Staten Island, New York. Rumored to be the most haunted building on the grounds of Snug Harbor, it even attracted the team from TAPS as they filmed their Ghost Hunters episode “Murdered Matron” at Snug harbor, and the episode got its name from […]

Hurricane Sandy – Places Where You Can Donate

As native New Yorkers and New York City residents, those of use here at The Occult Section are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Many people died, businesses and waterfronts were destroyed, and thousands are still without power, food, water and shelter. As such, we do not feel comfortable blogging just yet. We […]