Residents have observed the skyscraper making haunting noises

By Alex Heigl
Updated December 04, 2013 09:00 AM

Of all the unusual noises you’d expect to hear in New York City, this might be the most unsettling one.

Residents in the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan, near the newly-christened Tallest Skyscraper in the U.S., the Freedom Tower, have documented a strange phenomenon: In certain weather conditions, the tower sounds like it’s wailing.

Well, “wailing” probably isn’t the most accurate term, but it’s definitely possible to hear a set of otherworldly tones in the video – long, sustained notes caused by the wind rushing over the building’s top and surface.

“It almost sounds like a Gregorian chant – it will hold a single note,” Tribeca resident Kenny Cummings told the New York Post.

Another video captures the sounds during Hurricane Sandy (when the building was still unfinished). Given the history of the area, reactions to the sound have been fraught, and have generally fallen somewhere between “This is the singing of angels and/or ghosts,” and “It’s weather, enough said,” so give the videos a listen and decide for yourself.