Mark Rothko, Bob Dylan, John Cheever, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Hart Crane, Basquiat, Warhol, George Gershwin, and Marcel Duchamp. These are but some of the names that still pulse throughout the broad streets and and back stairwells of New York City, and to walk around here—especially in Manhattan— is to chase these great artists' ghosts.

Historic walking tours across New York are by no means novel, but a new online walking tour, developed by Verso Books, makes it possible to retrace the steps of many artists as they went about their lesser-known exploits, all from the comfort of home. The Arts & Letters tour includes Rothko rebelling against The Four Seasons, beat poets scribbling furiously on Waverly Place, and a Macy's sale of original Rembrandt paintings in 1942 ($10k! A bargain!). These tidbits are sourced from Capital, Kenneth Goldsmith's just-published tome dedicated to the less-than-obvious history of New York City in the 20th Century.

With 17 total entries, the walking tour features both direct quotations from Capital, plus additional geographic context and a street view feature (to make sure no one gets lost). Like the Landmarks tour that came before it, it's a new and easy way to wander about town, absorbing the rich and wrinkled bits of New York's old soul. Check it out below.

Here are four of our favorite morsels from the tour:

  • "For his “Automobile Tire Print” in 1951, Rauschenberg glued together twenty sheets of paper, then inked the pavement on Fulton Street at Pearl. John Cage drove a car through the ink and along the paper..." — Art of the City by Peter Conrad, 1984
  • "Crane confessed to having to stitch together for “The Tunnel” the hundreds of notes he’d written while swinging on the subway straps as he passed under the East River, the wheels screeching against the rails, the agate lights blinking in the midnight tunnel, the car deserted, as he rode back to his apartment after a night in Manhattan..." — The Broken Tower: A Life of Hart Crane by Paul Mariani, 1999
  • "One dealer, visiting Jean-Michel Basquiat’s loft and noting his fondness for health food, went away and came back with a big jar of fruits and nuts. ‘'But what she really wanted were my paintings,’’ he says. ‘‘She tried to tell me that her chauffeur, who was black, worked with her in her gallery, not that he was her driver.’' As she walked out of his door in defeat, Basquiat leaned out his window and dumped the contents of the jar on her head..." — “New Art, New Money” by Cathleen McGuigan in the New York Times, 2014
  • "In 1969 there were just twenty-one bookstores in five blocks in a rather quaint sector south of Union Square, running from Ninth to Fourteenth Streets. In 1947 there had been thirty stores. There is a fear among dealers that the book center may become just a footnote in the City’s history. Some dealers think that the grip of the electronic media on young people has hurt the book business and may eventually do it in. “Young people have been so conditioned by the lighted box that their attention span is oriented to it. They are not very friendly to the book. While the printed book has lasted 500 years, there’s no guarantee it will last another 500. It will last the century. Someday you’ll have a telephone with a screen and you’ll be able to dial a book. They’ll put you in instant contact with thousands and thousands of books." — City Notebook by McCandlish Philips, 1974

Check out the entire walking tour of New York City's seedier, more secretive cultural history right here.