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The Legend of The Vanderbilt Tomb–Staten Island

Dear Weird NY;
Legend has it that if you take a picture of the Vanderbilt Tomb, either the person in the picture will not be in it when you develop it, or there will be another person in the picture that was not there originally. I plan on getting some more pictures sometime in the future (it's kind of risky since it's on private property inside the cemetery). The day I took this one there was only one picture left on the roll of film. If I get any better ones I'll send them to you (especially if anything weird happens).  –EchoBase1005

Dear Weird NY;
Legend has it that if you take a picture of the Vanderbilt Tomb, either the person in the picture will not be in it when you develop it, or there will be another person in the picture that was not there originally. I plan on getting some more pictures sometime in the future (it's kind of risky since it's on private property inside the cemetery). The day I took this one there was only one picture left on the roll of film. If I get any better ones I'll send them to you (especially if anything weird happens).  –EchoBase1005

Three Strikes Then They’re Out at the Vanderbilt Tomb

When I was a teenager we heard about the Vanderbilts’ tomb in Staten Island. We tried several times to find it, each time being scared out of our wits. The story is that they were not buried, but propped up like statues in a tomb that resembled a large mansion. It's supposed to be in a cemetery in Staten Island off Todthill Road.

We went there three nights in a row after midnight. Each night we hopped the fence and started to travel into the graveyard. The first night, as we started in, we passed a hillside with all these small tombstones. We stopped and looked at them. They were all only a couple of years old. We had started to walk away when we heard a baby’s cry. We looked at each other and asked, “Did you hear that?” We panicked and ran out, scared stiff.

The next night we went a little further, until a glowing light appeared, resembling a girl with long hair. We ran so fast that we jumped over the top of the fence in one leap.

On the third night we approached a wrought-iron fence with what appeared to be a large mausoleum set in a hillside with rotunda on top. We turned around and there was a man in a suit standing next to us. We looked at each other and he vanished instantly. We then ran the hell out of there. Was it a case of mass hysteria or was it real? We will never know. We never went back. –Joe Bruschetta

Not All Voices Heard at Vanderbilt Tomb Come From Beyond the Grave

Vanderbilts is pretty sick. The tomb itself is at least three stories high. It’s part of the Moravian cemetery, but it’s separate from the whole cemetery. There’s a locked gate at the entrance to the cemetery, but the area also borders High Rock Park, so it’s easier to get in from the woods. The tomb is actually built into the side of a hill, so you can walk up the back path on to the top of it. 

There’s also another smaller mausoleum called the Sloane tomb. The family buried there built some of the houses on Sloane Avenue, which is a block bordering the main entrance of High Rock. It

used to be a hangout for the groups of people who knew about it, but security has gotten tight there at night. Recently they put a motion detector there, which has a recording over a loud speaker telling you you’re trespassing. Every four years or so, the tomb is opened for the family to go inside. I don’t know how many people are buried there. Overall, it is a really freaky place to be at night. There are plenty of unexplained noises. It’s definitely worth seeing in person. –RekSumAss

You can read about all of New York’s other creepy crypts, unusual interments storied tombstones in Weird New York.

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