Arts and Culture

Atlas Obscura’s “Obscura Day”

Google Earth and the wonderful “Street View” option has sucked up many an hour of company time, at least in my life.  Thus, it is with attendant joy that I bring you the link to one of the most awesome websites I’ve seen in recent memory, Atlas Obscura.  Described in the words of the creators, Atlas Obscura is “…a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you’re looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

The Atlas Obscura is not just about collecting oddities. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, the Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of traveling, and a different lens through which to view the world.”

So if you want to find out stuff about the Dinosaur of Ta Prohm, the displayed (and gorgeous) 130-year old corpse of St. Bernadette, or an historic dental museum, this is the place.

This Saturday Atlas Obscura is hosting Obscura Day, an international celebration of wondrous, curious, and esoteric places in towns all over the world.  No matter where you are, events, expeditions and tours will be taking place in these crazy places and YOU can go.

Click here for info and to RSVP.

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Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Ashley Friedman - Cornerstore Correspondent

Like most kids, Ashley grew up in New Jersey. Unlike most kids the Friedman's televison set acted as a third parent, imbuing young Ashley with the stern moral values of Claire Huxtable, the dramatic tendencies of Brenda Walsh and the earnest hopefulness of the blond kid on Silver Spoons. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence Ashley made her way to the Park Slope area of Brooklyn where she can currently be found reading foreign fashion magazines, scouring ebay for vintage heels, eating out in restaurants and otherwise stretching her meager income as far as it will go in NYC.