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Green-Wood Cemetery

Map & Directions 500 25th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11232


Village Voice's Description

Ambling down the street to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, a city unto itself, a black-outfitted goth chick crossed my path. Through the ornate, three-spired entranceaanother gothic thresholdathe yard's surface rolls and turns, and worn roads climb and switchback. Follow a footpath, like Sweet Gum: Pass tombstones and crypts belonging to White, Welch, Kelly, Keller, Ludlam, Boocock. Like seeing local history reflected in a shattered mirror, one glance signifies bad luck (children passed before their parents), another determined defiance of loss (the perfect dedication "PAPA"). Like any celebrated burial site, there's life surrounding the granite and grassaregular walking tours, a new addition to the Hillside Mausoleum, capped with a pyramid. Denial, as we know, ain't just a river in Egypt.

Summer hours: Daily 7am-7pm
Otherwise: 8am-5pm

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  • This resting ground for such 19th-century titans as jeweler Charles Tiffany and pianist Louis Gottschalk, is running out of burial plots, so the cemetery is turning to alternative revenue streams.

  • HISTORY on 03/29/10

    This cemetery opened in 1838 and has approximately 600,000 graves spread out over 478 acres. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

  • Time Out New York on 09/10/10

    Visit the graves of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Leonard Bernstein and Mae West; and check out the 1911 chapel designed by the same firm behind Grand Central Terminal.

  • Green-Wood Cemetery on 06/08/10

    Guess who the statue of Minerva is saluting from Battle Hill?

  • angularism on 08/02/10

    favorite bathroom in all of nyc is in the chapel - all marble. great place to do your thing+acoustics for singing are amazing.

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