When Sherri Shepherd, one of the leading ladies from ABC’s The View came to visit Times Scare NYC, she asked her husband, “Are you scared?” and he replied, “I’m not afraid of ghosts. They’re afraid of me.” One insane doctor and a felon armed with a chainsaw later, he had changed his tune. “If I run,” he said, “you run behind me.” Later, when interviewed by her friends on the View, she told them she had screamed so much, she lost her voice. Or perhaps New York City’s only year-round haunted house scared it away?
Time Scare is rumored to be legitimately haunted. In the 1920s, it was a crematorium. Today, more than just a few ghosts are rumored to linger in the labyrinthine house, in one of the macabre bars, and Crypt Café.
Even if there’s nothing sinister afoot, there’s something wonderfully menacing about the bar’s cocktails with names such as the Black Death and Dracula’s Kiss served in front of what looks like the cold-storage drawers in a morgue. In the café, diners suck the spicy-ketchup lifeblood from dishes such as Satan’s sliders and knife the Fire and Brimstone ravioli stuffed with crab, lobster, and black mushrooms.