Nick Carr of Scouting New York recently visited the Soho branch of COS to check out the 200-year-old well they have in the basement. Despite the store and basement being recently renovated, the well surprisingly remained intact. But why is the well considered haunted? Carr reports:
The well-documented story has it that a young woman named Gulielma Elmore Sands left her Greenwich Street boarding home on the evening of Dec. 22, 1799, to meet Levi Weeks, a fellow boarder. The two had a secret romance and were planning to elope that night. Eleven days later, her body was found in a well in Lispenard’s Meadow (today’s Spring Street). Marks on her neck suggested death by strangulation.
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