Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers
Happy Halloween, Yonkers!
Among the oldest buildings in Yonkers and in Westchester are a few locales with stories of ghosts and hauntings. “Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers” is the newest addition to The History Press’ Haunted America series. The book is by local author Jason Medina and was released earlier this year.
The quiet New York suburb of Yonkers hides a history of hauntings. Now converted into apartments, old Public School 13 is the site of strange apparitions that may be ghosts of former students and teachers who died in a tragic fire. The Boyce Thompson Institute’s lofty goal of solving world hunger was never met, and unfulfilled spirits are said to lurk in its abandoned laboratory.
Wealthy colonial landowners still watch over stately historic homes like Philipse Manor
Hall. Even the iconic Untermyer Park is a playground for the otherworldly. Local ghost investigator Jason Medina reveals these and other ghosts of Yonkers.
“I hope that after reading my book, it will help give skeptics a reason or two to believe in the existence of ghosts or at least to be more open-minded to the idea that they are out there,” he said.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Medina lived there until his late 20s. While growing up, he’d often write his own comic books or make up stories. In the third grade, he won an award for a book-making contest. However, it wasn’t until moving to Yonkers that he’d consider the possibility of turning his stories into books.
In 2006, Medina picked up a new hobby. Together with his cousins, he formed the Yonkers Ghost Investigators. They began going to locations within Yonkers that were rumored to be haunted. A website was created for his team as a way to show off the evidence collected during the group’s paranormal investigations. There are currently hundreds of photos, numerous videos and many EVP sound bites on the website.
In the summer of 2013, he published his first book titled “No Hope for the Hopeless at Kings Park.” In March 2014, he published his second book, “The Diary of Audrey Malone Frayer.” “Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers” is Jason’s first real chance at historical nonfiction, but it will not be his last.
Keep an eye out for “Kings Park Psychiatric Center: A Journey Through History,” which will be the definitive history of the abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center at Kings Park on
Long Island. In addition, another fictional novel titled “A Ghost in New Orleans” should also be published soon. For more information on these books and Medina’s other future projects, visit www.JasonMedinaTribalPublications.com.