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04.03.15 Prachi Gupta

For years, the future of the historic Beaux-Arts Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick has been a mystery. It was put up for sale in 2010 and was quietly sold in 2014, according to the Brooklyn Eagle, but there was little word on what its new owner would do with it. Well, now we know — […]

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02.13.13 Bucky Turco

Freemasons have always had a bit of an image problem. Apparently, a clandestine fraternal order that counts world leaders among its ranks and which engages in secret occult rituals makes everyday Joes and Janes suspicious. So, over the past few decades, many Masonic organizations have tried to change the public’s perception of their mysterious group […]

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01.25.13 Aymann Ismail

Unlike the days of old when only initiated members were allowed inside its hallowed halls, the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of New York has increasingly cast away its veils of secrecy and opened its doors to the public. They even do tours. Here’s what the inside of the fraternal […]

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10.05.12 Irina Dvalidze

Whether you attribute the recent popularity surge of the Illuminati to opportunistic hip hop artists or architectural evidence around the city, people seem to me more fascinated with the fact that it’s secret and less with WTF it actually is… […]

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09.05.12 Bucky Turco

Last week, while walking past the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, as it is officially called, I noticed there was blue tarp covering many of the windows. I assumed this was part of some Luciferian indoctrination ritual or something, but it turns out that the esoteric power […]

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04.10.12 Bucky Turco

For almost two years, the Ridgewood Masonic Temple in Bushwick has been listed by Madison Estates, but the realtor has recently removed the corner property from its website. When I called to ask about the liquor-less building that carried an asking price of $1 million, a representative said “It’s in contract.” When pressed for details, […]

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03.08.11 Bucky Turco

An eccentric Australian businessman embroiled in a lawsuit with a water company in Sydney asked the judge presiding over the case to reveal his Freemasonry status, but Justice John Sackar refused, claiming it’s not relevant. […]

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08.04.10 Bucky Turco

Further fueling conspiratorial fires, Freemasons in at least two states are taking part in ID programs for residents. In Illinois, that includes DNA swabs from children and in New York, even the oldies are getting indexed via fingerprints. Says one Mason: “The ID program used to be geared towards missing children, but there are no […]

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06.24.10 Bucky Turco

When they’re not plotting to overthrow the pope or attempting to usher in a New World Order, the Freemasons are pawning off their temples. This 18k square foot, four-story building has “very solid bones” and is located in the “heart of ‘Up and Coming’ Bushwick” according to the listing from Madison Estates.The corner property is […]

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04.07.10 Bucky Turco

A professor teaching philosophy at the University of Havana happened upon a group in one of her classes that she didn’t even know existed: female Freemasons. Like all Masonic orders, women aren’t allowed to join the fraternal society and are traditionally funneled into the Order of the Eastern Star or in Cuba, the Hijas de […]

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