Our team at Atlas Obscura is always exploring the overlooked and unexpected, whether in our own backyards or in far-flung locales. In One-Line Adventures, we send out some quick dispatches of recent discoveries.
“A seven-block-long tunnel under Manhattan’s Park Avenue was open to pedestrians for the first time, and I descended into the subterranean space and was immersed in a pulsing light installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.” — Allison Meier [Editor, Articles]
“I went to Venice Beach to witness the Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots — the parade had three very ornate, 40-foot-tall colorful chariots towed by large ropes by dozens of people, although they were once pulled by elephants.” — Robert Hemedes [Field Agent, Los Angeles]
“We stumbled upon this fabulous surprise at the Grass Valley Museum at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy — some delightful hair art, made from the tresses of 18th century nuns.”
— Rachel James [Editor-in-Chief, Places]
“Down a mountain path on a scorching sunny day, my sister and I discovered the poetically named Vikingsholm mansion on Lake Tahoe, built in 1929 by Lora Josephine Knight as a lavish, eccentric, Scandinavian inspired summer home. Perched on the tiny island across from the house, the ruins of her tiny stone teahouse look like a miniature castle.”
— Annetta Black [Senior Editor, Obscura Society Mastermind]