The Gravesend Inn is a “Haunted Hotel” attraction in Brooklyn, New York, and the proprietors take the business of surprising and scaring people very seriously. Launched in 1999, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) professors’ John Huntington and Bruce Ellman have supervised the sound design and operation for one of Brooklyn’s most popular Halloween seasonal attractions since 2008.
The renowned attraction—designed by faculty and installed and overseen by a crew of 60 students--is set up annually inside the school’s Voorhees Theatre, and has a history of using innovative technology. City Tech's resident theatrical troupe Theatreworks produces the event, with students and faculty supporting design, construction, and operation. This year nearly than 3,000 people slinked through the haunted hotel, with the school’s technical prowess and ability to frighten unsuspecting participants.