A few of New York’s spookiest Gothic roofs

As anyone who has ever walked the streets looking up knows, New York has no shortage of buildings topped off by ornate, Gothic-inspired, creeptastic roofs. 

I don’t think either of the two structures below are actually haunted. But hey, who knows—they sure give off an Addams Family–esque vibe.

This incredible building on Amsterdam Avenue and 103rd Street is the home of Hostelling International New York.

A dorm-style room under that turreted roof will run you just $39 a night.

Built in 1896, this French Renaissance–style fire house on Lafayette Street was once Engine Company 31. The FDNY moved out in the 1970s. Today, it houses a television studio.

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4 Responses to “A few of New York’s spookiest Gothic roofs”

  1. Stephen Kent Jusick Says:

    Strictly speaking, the building at 87 Lafayette Street does not house a television studio. DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center) is a 38 year-old non-profit that offers workshops, screenings, equipment rental and more. While it does have some video production facilities, it’s not a broadcast operation in the sense that “television studio” implies.

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