Staten Island’s historic, possibly haunted Kreischer Mansion is for sale

kreischer_house_uncut_jeh-0via Curbed – For an enterprising real estate investor—or someone who likes really freaking creepy homes—this newly listed Staten Island house might be a gem. It’s no ordinary home, you see; it’s the Kreischer Mansion, one of the island’s most notorious properties.

The house was originally built in the late 19th century by Balthasar Kreischer, a German-born immigrant and brick-maker who went on to create one of New York City’s first company towns, known as—of course—Kreischerville. He was responsible for building a small spattering of workers’ houses that were built in the 1870s complement the family’s manufacturing facilities, along with other services—shops, churches—to serve the growing community. (One of those, the the Free Magyar Reformed Church, is a NYC landmark that stands today.)

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TMYK: Kreischerville Edition

2016-06-30_11-05-22The Boom and Bust of Kreischerville, Staten Island’s Lost Company Town

From bustling enterprise to troubled landmarked vestige, learn the twisty history of Kreischerville

via Curbed – In the New York City of today, the existence of a company town seems an unlikely prospect. However, during the second half of the 19th century, it was a prime location for such a kind of enterprise where all the stores and housing are owned by a sole employer. There were a variety of factors at play, like optimal location, proximity to the harbor, and an ample labor force, to name a few.

Arguably the most famous company town of New York City is Steinway Village in Astoria, Queens, built by Steinway & Sons (who continues to manufacture pianos there to this day.) Yet another such company town once existed on Staten Island. That company itself no longer exists, but some historic treasures from Kreischerville remain to give us a glimpse of what life was like for the Kreischer family and its workers.

 Balthasar Kreischer emigrated from Germany in 1836 and within ten years, opened a brick factory on the Lower East Side. Given New York City’s propensity for fires at the time, brick manufacturing was very lucrative due to the material’s “fireproof” qualities. In 1854, he relocated his business to the south-western shore of Staten Island, in present-day Charleston.
The site was advantageous due to its rich clay deposits—as evidenced by the nearby Clay Pit Ponds State Park Reserve—an essential ingredient of brick-making. The factory produced “facing and fire-brick, roofing tiles, ornamental moldings and objects” and its work can be seen in “the terra cotta decoration at Barnard College, the ceramic construction materials and bricks used in the building of St. Luke’s Hospital and the large outdoor gray ceramic urns at Columbia University.”
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I Want To Go To There!!

2015-10-28_13-12-00via Atlas Obscura – Sitting just off the Staten Island’s poetically named Arthur Kill Road is the last remaining Kreischer Mansion, a lovely Victorian home that is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of New York, which may actually be true if one is referring to being haunted by memories of murder and death.

Celebrate and immerse yourselves in the spooky history and legends of the Kreischer Mansion.
Creepy characters will be brought to life and plot twists that are alleged to have happened in this gorgeous victorian home throughout the night.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Go ahead and dress in costume relevant to the ominous history of the property to better enjoy the night
Dont be shy to participate in the theatre *
Guests are invited to tour the hauntings of the house (Instruction to follow)
The DJ is rad and it’s hoped you get into his grooves curated especially for this event
Food and entertainment will be provided on the lawn as well
Cash NOT accepted for last minute tickets, food or alcohol – CARD ONLY – Save your cash, tip our staff

Ticket on sale NOW!
40$ Early Grave ( admission, tour and performances)
60$ Early VIP ( admission and Exclusive access to the Attic + Seance)
On the door ( Late Grave) 60$ /80$
21+ enforced

FREE shuttles leave Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza 7p (RSVP suggested) * Return LATE
FREE shuttles will collect guests from St George Staten Island Ferry landing (RSVP suggested) There will be 2x shuttle runs per hour (830p-1130p) * Return 2-3a
Rideshare discounts available through LYFT and Uber (watch for promo code in Welcome email)