WITCHES OF OLD NEW YORK

Fortune tellers, mystics, and clairvoyants populate this bewitching walking tour

Meeting Point: Meet in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, at the intersection of Forsyth and Rivington Streets.

Tour ends approximately a 15-minute walk from the starting point.

Tour Description: Discover the dime-museum magic and front-parlor palmistry that abounded in the Lower East Side from the mid 19th to early 20th century. Fortune tellers, mystics, and clairvoyants populate this bewitching walking tour of one of Manhattan’s most diverse neighborhoods. Often immigrants and housewives, these outsider entrepreneurs supported themselves by means of astrology, spiritual readings, tarot, and palmistry; some were serious about their occult learning, others were simply trying to augment their income. We’ll visit the locations where they lived and worked, and learn about the Jewish mystic whose funeral was attended by a crowd of 10,000 people, an African American occultist living in the Five Points in the 1850s (who was New Age way ahead of his time), an infamous guide to the city’s fortune tellers written in 1858 called “The Witches of New York” (many of whom resided on Broome Street!) and the strange fate that befell its author, plus much more!

Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door