Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

Some cemeteries are functional, others Gothic or haunted; some include beautiful gardens or war Memorials. Then, there is Green-Wood Cemetery; where visitors can take self-guided tours, walk on lanes with names like ”Sweet-Gum Path” or hop on a green trolley driven by an expert guide, watch the sun go down over the calm waters of a lake, take deep breaths of fresh air, admire a magnificent view of Manhattan.

For Green-Wood Cemetery must be the quietest, most tranquil 478 acres of land in New York and, since development here works mostly underground, the largest open space in the City that is in no danger of getting crammed with more tall buildings, any time soon.

If you need some downtime for quiet contemplation, honour the memory of loved ones, pay your respects to war heroes, notable residents or celebrities (we paid ours to the Bernsteins and Mrs. Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert, Countess of Landsfeld, better known by her stage name Lola Montez) or just take in the views, look no further than Greenwood Heights in Brooklyn.

Green-Wood Cemetery is reached from the Atlantic/Barclays Center stop in Brooklyn – with the R train, direction Bay Ridge. Exit at the 25th Street station. Check the visitors’ page on their website for more info, further directions and opening hours.

May 21st, 2017

4 thoughts on “Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

  1. I drove a friend to a wedding there once. I was surprised that it was such a beautiful place to hold a wedding ceremony! Your pictures show everything I wish I had the time to see, so thank you!

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    1. A wedding in a cemetery?? I had no idea they do weddings until I read your comment and looked it up (bemused and incredulous in equal parts – I admit) 🙂 What a brilliant idea! The chapel is just marvellous, it would have been a pity to use it only for memorial services.

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