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Green-Wood Cemetery

Written and photographed by Melinda Maclean

The Green-Wood Cemetery, located in Brooklyn, near Sunset Park, was founded in 1838 and is one of the most beautiful and dream-like places in the city which many people may not know about. It is set on 178 acres of land and offers lovely views of the city from the highest vantage point in Brooklyn.  Once you enter the cathedral-like gates and start up any one of the many winding paths (getting a map at the entrance is a good idea in case you get lost), you pass countless tombs and monuments and a large variety of beautifully kept trees and several ponds. There are many famous people buried in the cemetery, historic figures like Horace Greeley, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the infamous "Boss" Tweed and more contemporary figures like Leonard Bernstein and Jean Michel Basquiat. Green-Wood offers a lovely getaway from the city with its' beautiful rolling hills and serene atmosphere and the fine architecture and craftsmanship of the monuments and mausoleums. The cemetery is open to visitors between 8:00am and 4:00pm and admission is free.

The Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street, Brooklyn
Information: 718-768-7300

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