Meet Ms. Lisa, a Psychic and Life Coach Who Reunites Lost Lovers

lifecoachDaniel Maurer

The Third Street storefront where a psychic known as Cathy plied her trade is still boarded up, but the end of fortune telling in the East Village doesn’t seem to be nigh. A month ago, neon signs announcing a “Life Coach” and “Psychic Boutique” appeared in a window at 39 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues.

This is where “Ms. Lisa,” 28, is now offering tarot readings, palm readings and life coaching. When The Local stepped into her boutique earlier this week, a shirtless young man appeared from behind an ornamental screen separating the small entryway from the rest of the apartment. “Take a seat,” he said. Ms. Lisa was in the shower.

Two ornate cushioned chairs were pressed up against the room’s large front window. Somewhere behind the screen, a TV playing a Suge Knight biopic could be heard, along with the coos of a baby.

psychic tripKathryn Doyle Inside Ms. Lisa’s psychic boutique.

Ms. Lisa is half Indian and half Egyptian, but born and raised in New York City. “The gift of sight is passed down in my family,” said Lisa, who did not want to give her last name (she also asked that we not print the name of the pet she kept). “My grandmother had it and when she died, she passed it to me.” Her Egyptian grandmother died when Lisa was 11. She started using the gift in a professional capacity when she was 16.

Ms. Lisa said she didn’t need to seek any sort of permit or license when she moved in. Fortune telling is a Class B misdemeanor in New York unless it’s offered solely as entertainment, as The Times reported last year.

A small set of shelves hanging behind the psychic’s chair displayed a book, “Introduction to Tarot” by Susan Levitt, and small clear bottles with labels like “Love,” “Dream,” and “Wish.” She said she simultaneously ran other locations on the Upper East Side and in Midtown, but the East Village storefront is now her home base (quite literally, it seemed).

Ms. Lisa offers a unique service – reuniting lost lovers. Since this reporter didn’t have a need for the service, Lisa declined to go into detail about it. She also declined to be photographed.

Lisa is available for readings from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and can be reached at the number shown in the photo (it was temporarily disconnected when The Local last tried it). Future readings are $10. The price of other services is a secret.