I am wondering why when I visit the grand lodge of ny state or call the prince hall grand lodge I’m told I need to know a mason already? I want to put in a petition. I need some advice on how to go about this. I live in NYC and it’s FULL of bogus lodges who are trying to suck up as many unsuspecting people as possible. I learned, through my reasearch, of these bogus lodges and now I know the real ones. I really would like to know from anybody in Ny how I can put in a petition. I need light to guide me. I’m kneeling at the steps, I just need help through the door.