Mitch Horowitz on Occult New York

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14 Responses to “Mitch Horowitz on Occult New York”

  1. cognitive dissonance says:

    very interesting, but i disagree with including grand central station. yes, there are many classical statues and forms, and they were all referenced, but i’m unaware of the “variety of ancient symbols.” everyone knows and recognizes appolo and hermes, etc, but pointing out the ancient symbols would be cool.

    also, because it sits on a site that happens to be named after someone, who was a fan of someone, who was an esotericist, who taught a class some where else is a pretty loose reference. it seems weird that the new york public library wasn’t referenced, when thats a place where occult classes by the esotericist actually took place.

    i do look forward to visiting some of these places next time i’m in in nyc, because the rest seem interesting.

  2. L. A. Delgado says:

    I think that Madame Blavatsky was more than just a member of the Theosophical Society. She, along with William Quan Judge and Henry Steel Olcott, founded the society.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i disagree with including grand central station …
    … i’m unaware of the “variety of ancient symbols.”
    … pointing out the ancient symbols would be cool.

    I’m confused then. You DO think it should be included, since you didn’t know the symbols were there?

    If you still think it should not be included, why not?

  4. hawamahal says:

    take a close look at the lobby and facade of the Chanin Building, and tell me something occult is not going on there! pilgrimages past the former Magickal Childe and Sam Weiser bookstore might also be appropriate, as well as a turn ’round the graveyard of St. Marks Place Church… these were the haunts of OTO and other black-caped clientele, who quietly tapped their silver handled walking sticks and pondered their nocturnal work. Some interesting tidbits on Herman Slater (proprietor of Magickal Childe) found here. Blessed be!

  5. Lars says:

    Did you b0rk the site? It’s coming up as blank (Safari 4.0.3 on a Mac) for me.

  6. Joe Helfrich says:

    Also, the first link is to the NYT linking to Boing Boing. Might as well cut out the middleman, yes?

  7. Rasselas says:

    The Level Club is a beautiful building — I live nearby. Another nearby monument to old fraternal organizations is the Pythian building on West 70th St., between Broadway and Columbus Avenue.

  8. klg19 says:

    I hope you’ll include the fabulous Masonic building on the uptown side of 73rd Street between West End and Broadway. I love that building. I think it’s called the Level Club. Fabulous.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/klg19/3557964694/in/set-72157618686013038/

  9. Daneel says:

    Don’t forget 55 Central Park West!

  10. F says:

    A screening of “Ghostbusters” would also be appropriate.

  11. cognitive dissonance says:

    @ ANON

    by that i meant that the author pointed and named out the obvious classical pieces that most of the public see and recognize, but then in passing, mentioned that there were “a variety of ancient symbols” as well without naming a single one, or pointing out where one might be found. is there a cartouche somewhere? something in sanscrit? pagan symbolism? give me something.

    i do think that grand central is a magnificent place, but without showing or describing anything physically “occult” about it, or having something more than a coincidental location of a place named after someone who was a fan of someone who was involved in the “occult,” i will have disagree it’s spot on this particular list.

  12. Anonymous says:

    dagnabbit! Typisch…hold a super-fascinating walking tour the Sunday I have to leave to visit Mom in PA. HAVE MUCH FUN!

  13. subrosa_nyc says:

    Don’t forget the ley line at 72nd Street and the Obelisk in Central Park. Is this tour leaving out the Dakota? What about the Thoth Temple of the Golden Dawn and the Penthouse Garden Lodge in Murray Hill?

  14. Anon says:

    Don’t forget the Gurdjieff Foundation building in NYC. Google G.I. Gurdjieff or look him up in Wikipedia. I think the building is somewhere near 56th street in NYC

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