Occult New York: A Manhattan Walking Tour with Mitch Horowitz
Long before the “Aquarian Age” hit California, America’s laboratories of spiritual experiment were in the tenements of Hell’s Kitchen, the metaphysical churches built in New York’s old cow pastures, and the lodges nestled among Manhattan office buildings. Join Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America, for a walking tour to explore New York City’s astonishing – and overlooked – role in igniting the occult revival and the revolutions in alternative spirituality that swept America (and the world) from the nineteenth century to the present day. Discover little-known landmarks of our underground spiritual legacy, such as: The New York New Church: once a wellspring of supernatural ideas Fred F. French Building: a landmark of esoteric symbols and hidden imagery Marble Collegiate Church: Where Rev. Norman Vincent Peale spread the philosophy of “positive thinking” Occult Grand Central: a temple of esoteric and mythical imagery (some of it hand-picked by the Vanderbilt family) Esoteric Lodges: remarkable and little-known spiritual lodges nestled along midtown Manhattan streets The Lamasery: once housed the salon of the occult Theosophical Society Presented by Phantasmaphile and Observatory
We will be meeting at 2pm sharp at the front gates of Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue just north of East 29th Street, in front of the bronze statue of Norman Vincent Peale. I'll be there at least 10 minutes early to check you in.
RAIN OR SHINE! Check the weather forecast, and bring umbrellas or wellies if you think you'll need 'em.
Wear comfortable shoes, as there will be lots of walking.
You may want to bring water or portable snacks with you, as we will not be stopping for refreshments.
We will NOT be making restroom stops, so please keep that in mind!
The tour should go until around 4:30pm.
Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places, happening all over the world on April 28, 2012.
Obscura Day is an international celebration of unusual places. It is a day of expeditions, back room tours, & exploring hidden wonders in your own hometown. On April 28th, 2012 presented by Atlas Obscura.