HOUSE OF HAVOC, Hell’s Kitchen

by Kevin Walsh

This townhouse at 428 West 44th Street  between 9th and 10th Avenues was owned by actress June Havoc, the sister of burlesque queen/author Gypsy Rose Lee, from 1962-1969. It’s said to be haunted by a ghost known as “Hungry Lucy.” The name refers to a young woman named Lucy Ryan who died in 1792. According to some accounts, psychic Sybil Leek is claimed to have channeled Ryan, and reported that Ryan was constantly complaining about being hungry. Presently there is a “trip hop” duo named Hungry Lucy based here that has been playing electronica since 1998.

Of course, as Popeye says, “ghosks is the bunk.”



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