Earlier this year, we said goodbye to one of our dearest friends, Sal Nicosia, owner of the Shanley Hotel. I cannot even put into words how much we will miss him. He was like a member of our family. I can only hope he is resting peacefully and watching over his wife, Teresa, and their family.
For a while, I did not feel comfortable with the idea of going back to the hotel for a paranormal investigation. It just didn't seem right with Sal gone.
Recently, my wife, Jo-Ann, had a dream that we were there and Sal was still alive. We did our investigation and hung out with him just like old times. It was like nothing had changed.
We think that is Sal's way of telling us it's okay to go back to the hotel. He wants us to be there, keeping Teresa company, and being near his spiritual presence. We believe he is there with her, not because he is trapped, but because it is where he wants to be. Home.
In two weeks, we will return to the hotel for the first time, since he died. I don't really know what to expect. I know it is selfish, but it would be nice to see him or hear him, again.
I hope he has found the peace he deserves. He was a good friend to us. Until we meet, again.
In an article from Westchester Magazine, the top 3 spookiest spots in Yonkers are listed as:
1. Untermyer Park
2. St. Joseph's Cemetery
3. The old P.S. 13.
The information came about from a brief interview conducted with myself. The article also mentions my book, Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers.
Here is the link to the article
Kevin Phelan of The Journal News did an article about haunted locations in the Historic Lower Hudson River Valley. In this article he spoke to paranormal experts, such as author Linda Zimmermann, for an opinion on what places are most haunted, In that same article he also spoke to ME and mentioned the Yonkers Ghost Investigators! I gave him Untermyer Park, as the most haunted location in Yonkers. That is based on our investigations and evidence.
This is an excerpt from his article, where we are mentioned:
Ghosts of Yonkers
Founder and team leader of Yonkers Ghost Investigators, Jason Medina says Untermyer Park has a macabre history and is a great spot for paranormal enthusiasts:
"One place in Yonkers where we've gotten a decent amount of paranormal activity is Untermyer Park on North Broadway. We've gone there during the daytime and have gotten EVPs (electronic voice phenomenons — unexplained voices caught on tape), along with an image that appears to have an unexplained shadow figure. At night we've also recorded EVPs, especially at an old abandoned gatehouse located near the old carriage trail leading down to Warburton Avenue. It is said the notorious Son of Sam belonged to a cult that operated in this park during the late 1960s, until the late 1970s. Supposedly, they also sacrificed dogs here."
Here is the link to the full article
Recently I did an interview with Dina Sciortino, Editor-in-Chief of WestchesterWoman.org. She wanted to discuss my new book, Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers, as well as Yonkers Ghost Investigators. By the time we were done she decided to split our discussion into two separate stories. This is the first, which is about our team. It was a pleasure speaking with Dina and she did a fine job with the interview. Thanks for doing a great job, Dina!
Click here to see the article
I will be doing a book signing for my book, Ghosts and Legends of Yonkers, at the Barnes and Noble on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers, NY. The book signing will be held on October 29, 2015 from 7pm-9pm. In this book I describe haunted locations in Yonkers, while providing historical backgrounds and actual photos of ghosts taken during my paranormal investigations conducted with my team, Yonkers Ghost Investigators. If you have not already bought the book, please stop by and pick up a copy. I will gladly sign it for you and you will have a list of places to explore just in time for Halloween! I hope to see you there!
You can also check out the event on Facebook!
A Novel by Jason Medina
Ray Durante is a paranormal investigator and would be writer from New York City, who travels to New Orleans, Louisiana, in search of a good ghost story for his upcoming book. New Orleans certainly has no shortage of ghost stories, considering it is one of the oldest cities in the southern United States. Upon his arrival, Ray wastes no time and begins his research by conducting a paranormal investigation on his first day there. As the days go by, he continues his research and takes a haunted tour that eventually leads to his meeting with a local Creole street musician named Rini. Rini gradually introduces him to a whole new world, which just may turn his own world upside down. Join Ray on his journey through the haunts of the French Quarter in what will surely become the most intense time of his life.
It seems our website has been reaching many people. I did a random search of haunted houses in Yonkers and saw many links to this website. However, one stood out because I knew it was our photo, but not our website. I was very pleased to see that the website chose our locations and credited us. Thanks! Here is the link:
This is another link that refers to our investigations at a building in Astoria, NY. Incidentally, we no longer have access to this location, but things had calmed down significantly since our first investigation there. I was last there at the end of August for a final investigation and I have a feeling things will be quieter for the next resident. Here is the link to the other webpage:
Posted and updated by Jason aka "Nightraven," the team leader.