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The Atlas Obscura Society Escapes New York

Explore the wonders that lay outside on NYC, with a panel discussion by local authors and adventurers.

Ever wanted to know where The Atlas Obscura Society goes to escape the city? Atlas Obscura and Filson are teaming up to help you gear up and get out. In this panel of adventure experts, we'll discuss surprising and undiscovered weekend escapes from the everyday hustle of New York's metropolis. 

Luke J Spencer is an Atlas Obscura travel writer, explorer, editor of Pawn Stars on the History Channel, and discoverer of abandoned and unusual places. Beyond that, he is also a Member of the Society of American Magicians. During this special event, he'll speak to his unusual adventures in historic places.

Michelle Young,  who will be discussing the unknown and undiscovered weekend trips from NYC, is the founder of Untapped Cities. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, and the author of the book Broadway from Arcadia Publishing, Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, and New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants. She has traveled to over 40 countries, has an obsession with buses, and can often be found with her Canon SLR camera in tow.

Moses Gates, an urban planner and author of Hidden Cities, is a (mostly) retired urban explorer. He's been from the sewers of Paris, to the top of the Pyramids, and his most frightening moments includes being stopped by police after coming out a manhole across from Red Square. During the panel, Moses will share what a three day weekend means to him: hopping on a flight to Europe, and then spending most of the time camping, exploring, and partying underground.


  • Free, RSVP encouraged through this link.
  • Capacity is limited. Admittance is first come, first served. 



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