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Green-Wood Cemetery

Now known mostly as drive-by scenery on the BQE (from which vantage, the gravestones foreground the taller monoliths of the Manhattan skyline), Brooklyn’s enormous Green-Wood Cemetery was once the city’s most fashionable place of internment. Founded in 1838 by a Brooklynite hoping to replicate the palatial, continental elegance of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Green-Wood Cemetery measures 476 acres and includes over 600,000 graves and gravestones set amidst naturalistic...

Now known mostly as drive-by scenery on the BQE (from which vantage, the gravestones foreground the taller monoliths of the Manhattan skyline), Brooklyn’s enormous Green-Wood Cemetery was once the city’s most fashionable place of internment. Founded in 1838 by a Brooklynite hoping to replicate the palatial, continental elegance of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Green-Wood Cemetery measures 476 acres and includes over 600,000 graves and gravestones set amidst naturalistic parkland the envy of anyone this side of Pierre Lachaise. Among the leading New Yorkers buried here are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Ward Beecher, Leonard Bernstein, DeWitt Clinton, Horace Greely, Edward R. Murrow, F.A.O. Schwartz and Boss Tweed.

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500 25th Street
New York City, NY 11232
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masmith
September 19, 2010
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