Obscura Society NY: Untold Secrets of Central Park - Atlas Obscura
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Obscura Society NY: Untold Secrets of Central Park

Explore the grandiose, fantastical, utopian vision-made-reality of America's first constructed park

Dan Veksler of Other World Tours joins the New York Obscura Society for an in-depth walking tour of Central Park, laying open the familiar landscape to reveal the archeological layering of seldom-known secrets and untold history.

Central Park was constructed as the first park in the United States and the first artificial park in the Western World. Designed by devout Transcendentalists with a grandiosity and effort that could only be possible in the mid-19th century and in spite of conflicting hidden agendas among the powers that be, the park has withstood several dramatic peaks and valleys and continues to stand - wizened, and as majestic and magical as ever.

On this in-depth walking tour we'll explore the various ways in which the park remains true to its original purpose, and the ways in which it has fallen victim to the entropy that all otherworldly visions-made-reality inevitably fall prey to. We'll examine many of the park's curious landmarks up close, weaving their fascinating tales into a narrative tapestry as rich and compelling as New York City itself.


Saturday, July 11; 2:00 - 4:00PM
Ticket Cost: $25
Meet-up will be at the Central Park West entrance on West 66th Street, near Tavern on the Green. Please arrive promptly; we'll begin our tour at 2:00pm sharp.
Wear comfortable footwear and dress appropriately for the weather, this tour is RAIN OR SHINE.