Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn: A Picture Thread

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Have recently fallen in love with this place and have visited four times, expect to go back fairly soon and fairly often.
It's about 480 acres, over 175 years old, a few manmade ponds and open to the general public though it's still an active cemetery. Steep hills, two hundred year old trees, catacombs and mausoleums, sculpture galore and an uncanny sense of solitude and quiet in the middle of brooklyn. Half a million people buried out there! Here are some of them.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:51 (five years ago) link

cemeteries are the best + i am v. in favor of their use as public spaces which afaiu was more prolific in the past

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:53 (five years ago) link

we have a little quaker cemetery behind our synagogue (which is itself a repurposed revolutionary war inn) that is very pleasant to sit in w/ lots of shade + v green

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:53 (five years ago) link

i think that spending time in cemeteries can give someone a healthier relationship to death and the dead

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:54 (five years ago) link

There are a lot of differing styles of headstones depending on the era but this one was unique and definitely one of the more "Game of Thrones" out there; a good ten feet wide and a foot thick.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:54 (five years ago) link

"honey remember we're getting drinks tonight with the iremongers"

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:55 (five years ago) link

i grew up on a cow farm; my family rented the century plus old country house where the owners used to live and had since left for better lodgings and there was a small plot of land in our yard that was a cemetery for the owners family. and a baptist church beside that so living next to a cemetery inculcated me with a considerable amount of respect and appreciation for the dead as good neighbors.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:56 (five years ago) link

btw, i'm aware that there's probably a zillion spots like this in europe where folks have had opportunity to build multi-generational hundreds of year old resting places but they're rarer around here. I would love to see pics from those as well if anyone is into this!

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:58 (five years ago) link

a personal favorite and potential xpost to "Great / Terrible Real Names": Heman B. Christian

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 21:59 (five years ago) link

there are about two hundred mausoleums (mausoleii?) built into the side of a hill on multiple planes about four levels deep... you can walk up one path, zigzag up and then check the next tier. They're all fascinating and all beautiful.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:02 (five years ago) link

my brother has a story about visiting poland and some polish friends taking him to a lovely park that turned out to be a nazi labor camp

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:05 (five years ago) link

the crypt for Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA. It was clearly well visited. Massive bronze sculpture of a man serving animals in front of this guys pyramid crypt.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:08 (five years ago) link

apparently the camp was built originally on cemeteries:ów-Płaszów_concentration_camp

Mordy, Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:12 (five years ago) link

life sized bronze sculpture of a cloaked and hooded woman spreading her arms over the gravesite. When you get up under the hood (and you basically have to lie down on the ground to see) there is, indeed, a fully sculpted face peering down at you. There was a pile of pennies and nickels in her lap, presumably for making wishes?

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:13 (five years ago) link

Absolutely gorgeous and twice life size angel cast in bronze standing atop a headstone; this is maybe twenty-five feet tall

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 14 June 2015 22:14 (five years ago) link

there is a larger obelisk deeper in the space that I really need to get a shot of and do a bit of reading up on; that thing is gargantuan

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 June 2015 01:45 (five years ago) link

The obelisk is 51 feet in height and weighs approximately 50 tons, it is the second largest monolith in America.

One of the most unique monuments in any cemetery in this country is now being placed in position in Greenwood. This remarkable gravemark is sixty-five feet high, and is said to be the highest monument in a family plot in America. It is a fac simile of a famous Egyptian obelisk, and two interesting features which will mark the memorial will be its golden top, visible for miles around, and the inscription.

the accounts about its height are conflicting, but it definitely doesn't appear to have a 'golden' top:

(looks more like copper to me)

rallizes mcguire (unregistered), Monday, 15 June 2015 01:54 (five years ago) link

great photos, btw. I used to live down the road from West Parish Cemetery (a garden-style cemetery with a triumphal arch and elaborate landscaping and about 50 acres of land) and I would walk around it a couple times I week. I didn't take any decent photos, though.

rallizes mcguire (unregistered), Monday, 15 June 2015 02:00 (five years ago) link

(I had a mildly paranormal experience with a headstone similar to SQUEO, but that was at a different cemetery)

rallizes mcguire (unregistered), Monday, 15 June 2015 02:03 (five years ago) link

Which is the lady statue on a hill who "points" out toward the Statue of Liberty?

Josefa, Monday, 15 June 2015 02:04 (five years ago) link

Boss Tweed and family

Josefa, Monday, 15 June 2015 02:07 (five years ago) link

xxp, that's the monolith! I think the obelisk part is 50 feet and the base is 15? So maybe 65 feet at that. Couldn't see the pinnacle for the sun tbh.
there are A LOT of cameo picture graves; i feel a little weird playing with people's headstones though.
I haven't seen Boss Tweed's spot yet, but Basquiat is supposed to be out there and a number of other major political and artistic figures. it was the place to be buried in its heyday.

here's the statue of liberty facing sculpture story... still haven't seen it yet, but will make a pilgrimage to hunt for it on my next day off.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 June 2015 02:35 (five years ago) link

Zorro Squeo is the coolest name.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 June 2015 02:49 (five years ago) link

There it is! I think that's the highest point in Brooklyn.

Josefa, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:44 (five years ago) link

(...which your first link says)

Josefa, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:46 (five years ago) link

btw, i'm aware that there's probably a zillion spots like this in europe where folks have had opportunity to build multi-generational hundreds of year old resting places but they're rarer around here. I would love to see pics from those as well if anyone is into this!

Some context on this: places like Green-Wood are part of a pretty conscious movement in the early 19th century to change burial practices/attitudes toward death. Burial grounds had been used as de facto public spaces throughout European history - can't speak as much to other traditions - but only around this time did they start to be consciously set apart from churches and landscaped. This had something to do with urban overcrowding (sites like Green-Wood were suburban at the time, and development has grown around them), something to do with non-sectarianism (Napoleon set up the first one, Pere Lachaise in Paris, in part to contest the church's monopoly on burial), and something to do with sentimentality and civic paternalism (along with public parks, which were being popularized at the same time, these cemeteries were meant to teach the urban masses the moral glories of nature).

Forks, if you are ever in the Boston area, definitely search Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the earliest US example, and like Green-Wood well cared-for and preserved (Forest Hills Cemetery there is nice as well). Laurel Hill in Philadelphia and Green Mount in Baltimore are a few other prominent examples, but most cemeteries in the US have something of this stuff in their DNA.

bentelec, Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:38 (five years ago) link

that's interesting; i have some vague understanding of the rural cemetery movement but nothing too deep. Green Wood isn't the largest or oldest cemetery in the states by my estimation but there's certainly something special about it being so heavily populated, vast, well-maintained and served by a spectacularly moneyed community... monuments and rococo crypts abound.

(sites like Green-Wood were suburban at the time, and development has grown around them)

my neighborhood is urban, industrial and ugly; on one side of the street is Green Wood and on the other is a car wash and a burger king. it makes going into the depth of the grounds that much more intense, like you found narnia in the back of the Jiffy Lube parking lot.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:48 (five years ago) link

Yeah, I hear that - a friend took me a few years ago and that sense of contrast (along with the views from the cemetery back into the city) makes it that much more special. Mt. Auburn still is in a fairly suburban area and doesn't benefit from that; it's actually more crowded inside the cemetery than outside, which leads to all sorts of schemes for how to continue to pack in monuments to the wealthy - trees with plaques on them, columbaria, etc.

bentelec, Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:58 (five years ago) link

On the other hand, Bellefontaine Cemetery here in St. Louis, which still has all sorts of city father-types in it, is disinvested and mostly lawn. The most depressing thing is a kind of white flight of the dead where people disinter their relatives and re-bury them in the suburbs.

bentelec, Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:01 (five years ago) link

worth noting that i'm on the kensington side and that there are hipster enclaves elsewhere on the 3.5 mile perimeter... my understanding is that there's a bar that does regular "Frontline of the Zombie Apocalypse" outside the cemetery party nights, which seems really crass to me? Like haw haw, you watch walking dead too great, but that's my grandma in there.

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:27 (five years ago) link

that's ridiculous

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:29 (five years ago) link

everyone knows the frontline of the zombie apocalypse is the morgues, the zombies in gravyeards will take a while to dig themselves out

bizarro gazzara, Thursday, 18 June 2015 16:30 (five years ago) link

along with the unfortunately named "Margaret B. Steenken" we have the Coffin family

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 June 2015 22:26 (five years ago) link

if i was named coffin i'd have made sure to be cremated to scoff at escaping the trap of nominative determinism

bizarro gazzara, Friday, 19 June 2015 09:45 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Took a long walk over the weekend. Found some amazing things.

you are extreme, Patti LuPone. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:09 (five years ago) link

This was about 4 feet tall, ten feet wide and four feet thick

you are extreme, Patti LuPone. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:12 (five years ago) link

Yes, thanks!

mutually aquatinted (doo dah), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:31 (four years ago) link

lambs, two examples of which are above, were often placed for deaths of babies or the too-young-to-be-named. makes their little worn bodies that much more sad.

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:29 (four years ago) link

"heroic in life, sublime in death"

this gives you some sense of the constant work going on in a space this big that's completely open to the elements. They do a great job keeping it up but you will sometimes come upon a post-storm fix up and get a sense of the scale involved.

"Aphrodite Finale"!!!!

A pair of these life-sized setters are cast in bronze on either side of a tomb... they're awful soulful.

I peered into a crypt and saw this gorgeous and masterful stained glass window... gotta be tiffany, right? astonishing and beautiful and completely invisible to the outside world.

"In their lives they were lovely
And in death they were not divided"

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:41 (four years ago) link

The typos are weirdly heartbreaking; what a way to spend eternity, as a "neice"

There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of stones out there that are so worn that you cannot make out the original sentiment and, even if you could, they're often in German or French. So much effort mocked effortlessly by time.

An odd block of graves for "ISAAC NEWTON" and his family. I presume they're all quite tired of having to say "NO, not THAT one."

Air pollution and time has left mottled discolorations on some of the stones where the wind cuts strongest. These splotches aren't to be washed off; they're part of the permanent edifice.

This monument stands a good fifteen feet tall.


It was just after halloween, but even so.

Another meticulous metal stone. Note the array of men's organization insignias.

"McWhiney" = too much time on ilx

Somewhere out there is a 134 year old woman named Julia Sariol who will be reunited with Arthur in good time.

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:55 (four years ago) link

I love the rural cemetery type, used to live around the corner from Allegheny Cemetery, spent a lot of time walking around. My favorite, don't have a photo, was a small, worn headstone that simply said "My Angel Lila".

Wonderful photos!

mutually aquatinted (doo dah), Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:03 (four years ago) link

Somewhere out there is a 134 year old woman named Julia Sariol who will be reunited with Arthur in good time.

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:09 (four years ago) link

Thanks for the kind words... would love to see photos of other folks' nearby rural cemeteries.

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:10 (four years ago) link

I went to Green-Wood for the first time last summer, on a blazingly hot day, and it was an incredible experience. I don't think I saw another soul while I was there. I have a few pictures at home I'll post but I am kicking myself for living in NYC for 30 years and never going before. Will go at least every summer from now on.

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:21 (four years ago) link

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:22 (four years ago) link

what's wild is that I've been there likely 12 times now and you've probably seen things I haven't seen! it's just too big. reminds me of the met museum.

ulysses, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:36 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

You found the Morse monument! I found it for the first time a month ago! I have a lot of photos that are worth digging up and posting here; perhaps that's a good wintry day project.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Thursday, 9 February 2017 18:36 (three years ago) link

one month passes...
three years pass...

they opened all their gates daily, the best news i've heard in weeks

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 2 April 2020 15:25 (four months ago) link

thats great. i hope it's not too jammed. solace!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 2 April 2020 15:28 (four months ago) link

it's busy out there by cemetery standards but it's like 1/25th of the park at worst.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 2 April 2020 15:52 (four months ago) link

wish i lived closer to it, then!

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 2 April 2020 16:30 (four months ago) link

this was absolute heaven yesterday. i intend to go every day; likely leaving in a half hour. I imagine I will post a zillion photos soon enough but here's a taste.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 April 2020 19:38 (four months ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 April 2020 19:40 (four months ago) link

^ you're gonna want to open that one up in another tab.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 3 April 2020 19:46 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Okay, so I've been going looking for people who were born on the day I visit and who died on the day I visit; as there's no way to do this "better" or more efficiently, you sort of zone out and have to wait for them to find you.

Department of Unique Names: Pasquale del Purgatorio

Department of Unique Names: He's Good'nough

Department of Unique Names: Joseph Neefus Limeburner

Department of Unique Names: Silas O. Deadly

Department of Unique Names: HOLLAMAN

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:15 (three months ago) link

My favorite Celtic cross

Poor lil' Willie. Died at 5 in 1884: "God's Finger Touched Him and He Slept"

Would love to know what the writing here says


Man, what a hellish tragedy this must've been: three sisters (including a pair of twins) all dead on Christmas

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:16 (three months ago) link

I assume Trilby was his dog

More fun if you're not familiar with the International Order of Odd Fellows

Why Mickey and Minnie for a 52 year old man named William? Your guess is as good as mine.


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:17 (three months ago) link

Best for last, this is the craziest thing I've seen out there in months:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:18 (three months ago) link

i did some looking around and the boots guy was DJ Blu Gemz

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:24 (three months ago) link

The 3 girls died in a house fire, says google. The father died some years later.

"Matthew Badger, the Connecticut man who lost his three daughters in a fire on Christmas Day 2011, had died, according to the foundation he started."

nickn, Monday, 20 April 2020 05:05 (three months ago) link


"Officials said a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom caused the fire. The girls wanted the ash removed from the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney, WPIX reported."

nickn, Monday, 20 April 2020 05:07 (three months ago) link

I just sat and gawped at this entire thread and was fascinated from front to back. Thanks for taking the time and effort to document this incredible place - fantastic choices and shots too.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 20 April 2020 08:06 (three months ago) link

Thanks! My phonetography is point and shoot at absolute best so you can credit the environment rather than me.

The Badger family story is such a tragedy, thanks for pointing me toward the story:
Looks like the foundation closed after his death.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:01 (three months ago) link

you inspired me to look up a few of the other names and there was much to learn!

Sid Bernstein — he rarely used his full given name, Sidney, was born in Manhattan on Aug. 12, 1918. He was adopted by Yiddish-speaking Russian immigrants who called him Simcha, which means joy or gladness in Hebrew. In 1943 he joined the Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. While he was stationed in France after the war, he set up and ran a nightclub for American soldiers.

Upon his return to New York he began organizing singles weekends in the Catskills, as well as weekly dances at the Tremont Terrace, a Bronx nightclub. When the Puerto Rican population of the neighborhood grew, and Latin music was in greater demand, Mr. Bernstein changed the club’s name to the Trocadero and began alternating Latin concerts with the bar mitzvahs that were still an important part of the club’s business.

By the early 1960s, around the time he was presenting Judy Garland and others at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Bernstein was also overseeing shows by James Brown and other rhythm-and-blues performers at the Paramount. Between the 1964 and ’65 Beatles tours, he began managing the Young Rascals (they soon dropped Young from their name) and the singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. He later presented concerts or arranged tours by Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and others.
Apparently the director of this documentary short about the repatriation of the remains of Emir Abelkader al-Jazairi to Algeria
Apparently murdered by the Gottis
lol, this song sucks

I'm a fan of The Black Crook following seeing this pseudo-revival a few years back:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:01 (three months ago) link

Sunday was the first day where it's actually felt too busy, there were probably a few thousand people in there aboveground. Many picnicking, most with kids, a few true blue assholes with dogs they snuck in. I understand the desire to be in that space, lord knows i do, but you gotta show some basic respect. Weekdays are much more manageable, especially if the weather isn't great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:15 (three months ago) link

Belated April 9 trip pix:
Happy Death Day

The Kukuck Clan

Front and Back here:

I believe this is a Tiffany-executed piece; the lilies are brilliantly rendered and are cut deeply enough you can fit your hand around them. Tiffany works are unmarked though they apparently have a record at the Cemetery of where they are. Given the lax security and ease of exploration, I think they'd rather not encourage anyone to have a go at them.


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 20 April 2020 17:34 (three months ago) link

U, have you ever seen the grave of one Jim Creighton?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:53 (three months ago) link

hm, i have not (and that accompanying picture doesn't help me place it) but i will look for it!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 14:48 (three months ago) link

Funny you should bring up baseball though, as I went out for a short walk on April 20 and found this monument to Henry Chadwick on his Death Day

Some striking moments of nature in bloom taking place out there:

And some violence here, where the recent storm snapped a huge tree in half. The stone in the foreground is probably twelve feet tall for scale.
"Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am."
signing an epitaph like a letter
From the turn of the 20th century Egyptomania period

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:07 (three months ago) link

One of my all-time favorites is the grave of Clara Ruppertz Koch, which features the golden rule on her gravestone:

Fronted by a sculpture that I guess we have to assume is her, holding a book:

And the front of that book, in bronze, is yet another portrait of her with the inscription "THE BEST WOMAN THAT EVER LIVED"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:08 (three months ago) link

Morbs, here's a lecture for you

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 April 2020 19:55 (three months ago) link

we can't have nice things apparently so i may have to be a volunteer cop

It’s very difficult for me to send this email. The conduct of a small percentage of our visitors has created an unacceptable situation. If things don’t change, we may be left with no choice but to close our gates as many other cemeteries have done.

Four weeks ago today, we decided to staff all four of our gates until 7pm every day of the week. We knew how important that was. We all need open space, a connection to nature, and a place for serenity. Thousands of you have come to visit. We’ve been delighted to welcome you.

But some of our visitors have behaved very badly. They have brought their dogs. They've ridden bikes. Their kids have climbed trees. They've taken flowers that had been placed on graves. None of these actions is appropriate or permitted.

Green-Wood is a cemetery. It is an arboretum, and a place of tranquility. Families come to visit the graves of their loved ones. It is not a public park. It is a not a place of recreation. Our rules are clear on what is allowed and what is not.

With the nice weather predicted this weekend, we will surely again be seeing large crowds. We have a group of volunteers who will be assisting us as Green-Wood Ambassadors, making sure the cemetery rules are honored. If you would like to join the group, please click here. We hope, together, we can keep Green-Wood open and available for everyone.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 May 2020 17:21 (three months ago) link

a child's size throne, next to a baby's grave with a single shoe sitting on the seat

good ol' dime titty mary

Packard, Silas Sadler (28 April 1826–27 October 1898), pioneer business educator, was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, the son of Chester Packard, a mill operator and mechanic, and Eunice Sadler. The family had resided in Massachusetts since the first Packard settled in Hingham in 1638. Chester Packard succumbed to the “Ohio Fever” in 1833, and the family moved to the vicinity of Fredonia, in Licking County, Ohio. After a number of irregular terms in district schools, Packard had a year of secondary school at the Granville Academy. That concluded his formal education. He began teaching at seventeen, as a writing master in Eden, Ohio, after learning the craft from an itinerant instructor of penmanship. While teaching at a district school in Delaware County, Ohio, the following year, he learned the art of portrait painting in just three weeks of lessons from a traveling artist. In the fall of 1845 he crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky, where, for the next two and a half years, he taught school and painted portraits. Packard apparently thought his paintings lacked artistic merit for, many years later, he dryly remarked that “the houses that harbor them are absolutely free from rats.”...

One of the few mausoleums out there that has been allowed to fall into a kind of disrepair. The glass in the left-hand door has fallen out and the ivy has entered uninvited.

My favorite name on this day out: "Matilda Tomes Stoutenburgh"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:31 (three months ago) link

i dearly love constant and try to visit her every time i go
a paper wasp nest wedged in the bars protecting stained glass on the outside of a tomb. "Hymenopotera" indeed.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 May 2020 15:31 (three months ago) link
From my May 2 trip.
my first cemetery dick pic
This was one of a bunch of stones around a family plot with an Italian last name... perhaps this was/is colloquial for "little one"?
With COVID going on, the cemetery has seen an influx of people who are not used to the basic rules of the space and who do some exceptionally disrespectful stuff. This (amazingly incorrect) arithmetic pencilled onto a zinc grave marker is an unpleasant example.
Outrageous interlocking typography.
"mon epoux regrette" = "my late husband"
the handshake symbol is a mark of The International Order of Odd Fellows:
Fisher Howe, Eliza's husband, appears to have been an author of some works on the Eastern world:
The Howe family's stones appear to be made of slate and are beautifully carved. They look virtually brand-new some 140 years later with utterly outrageous detail work. This piece stands about three feet tall.
This Confederate grave (a rarity amongst NY graves) houses the first General officer killed in the Civil War.
This is obviously not the original marker. In 2007, Green-Wood had 1300 fresh stones put in for veteran servicemen as part of their Civil War Project.
In addition to possums and raccoons (and possibly some skunks?), Green-Wood has a healthy population of groundhogs who have set up notable burrow around the grounds. Another, presumably young, visitor to the cemetery has set out a gift for when they emerge.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:31 (three months ago) link
Several smaller markers - either parts of a larger piece or stones that were recently exhumed from where they've slumped into the earth - can often be found dotting the landscape almost randomly. I like how this one has been installed like a fairy home.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:32 (three months ago) link
Basquiat's grave is a personal favorite as I'm a fan of his work. It's one of the most heavily-sought out (and, given the size of the stone, hardest to find) spots in the cemetery and attracts the most offerings from visitors. Generally these are cleared out on a weekly-or-so basis by the groundskeepers but, given the current influx of bodies and general madness, I imagine they're running behind. I've found letters, artwork, pens, paints, spray cans, money, all kinds of stuff here. Today's sighting includes a cunning miniature bust of Van Gogh made of Sculpey clay (barely visible in this picture above the dash in "Jean-Michel"), a tattered Puerto Rican flag and a macrame coaster.
Age has worn down most of the stones and left behind a dark patina of lichen and soot. Sometimes this makes them difficult to decipher; sometimes it renders them newly beautiful in ways the original sculptor could hardly have dreamed of.
One of the best of the Cemetery's many outrageous ornamental door handles.

Spectacular metal work on a tomb door window.
Probably unrelated... but who knows!
This grave is something of an ongoing mystery for me. There are no other markings or names on the stone but the ones you see here and the marker stands a good seven feet tall. There are no stones for a considerable portion of space in front of the marker... enough room to, say, bury a horse. That said, when I asked him, the Cemetery historian stated categorically that he does not believe there is a horse buried on the grounds. One wonders if perhaps the Seaman in question is Seaman Lichtenstein who, as per this 1902 obit "was a lover of horses and owned many fast trotters, some of which held records"? Further research and conversation is likely necessary.
A shady spot hides a uniquely stylized rendering of the Sacratissimum Cor Iseu (aka "Sacred Heart of Jesus") pose
It was once common to have a head and foot stone, especially over the grave of children, with a garden running between. Most of these are now barren so it's always a treat to see new life sprouting from within.
Two-year-old John R Hardenbergh was my May 3 "happy death day" sighting. The 1904 Corporate Directory linked below lists Thomas E Hardenbergh as the Secretary of the NJ Singer Manufacturing Company

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:18 (three months ago) link
Chatty and esoterically phrased writing on stones always catches my eye. Here's "Children Meet Me In Heaven" "Saved By Grace" and the particularly puzzling "Face To Face" for the Hunt family.
A flower path up the stairs to Schults... and dig the funky typeface on the family name!
The inset stone here does fade against the white background but it has been restored as of 2012 and still lovingly describes the outlines of Isabelle Georgia's beautiful cameo. The inscription below reads "Adored By All Who Knew Her"
Not pictured: Hufflepuff across the way.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 19:18 (three months ago) link

was walking up a hill at the front gate and saw the smoke coming up and recognized what I was seeing and there's a moment

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 May 2020 16:03 (three months ago) link

some real pressure points from that link

Padilla began working at Green-Wood three years after the 9/11 attacks. He started as a part-time landscaper, but three years later, in 2007, a full-time job opened up. To land it, Padilla had to complete a 40-day trial that culminated in a unique test given to all prospective Green-Wood employees: dig a full-size grave by himself in under four hours.

“I dug the hole, and I cried the minute I was done, like a little baby,” said Padilla, who was then 27. “It was a major accomplishment for myself.”

“I love coming here every day, even with everything that’s happening,” Padilla said. “Have you seen this place?” he said when asked why. “How beautiful it is?”

Padilla said the crisis hit him especially hard one day last week when he noticed two sets of remains came in the same day, a man and woman with the same last name. Padilla said it appeared they were a husband and wife who both died from COVID-19, apparently within hours of each other.

Padilla drove toward the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and headed east, nodding his head to tracks from the late rapper Pop Smoke. He soon pulled up outside his home in Middle Village, Queens, where he lives with his girlfriend.

It was nearing 10 p.m. Padilla knew there were about two dozen sets of remains waiting for him when he showed up at work the next morning. Thursday was the first day of his work week. He had six more days ahead of him. But he wasn’t thinking about that now. He was exhausted and just wanted to take a shower. Padilla walked into his bedroom and kicked off his shoes, but he never made it to the shower. He lay down in his bed, still fully dressed, and drifted off into a deep sleep.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 8 May 2020 16:07 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Speaking of Pop Smoke, I kept running into groups of kids in hoodies in the same section of the cemetery and couldn't figure out why... that's hardly a regular occurrence. A bit of research revealed he was buried in one of the new sections of the cemetery and they must be paying respects. I'll try to find and get a photo next time I'm in there.

I have a few hundred more pictures from the past two weeks but it takes time to upload and curate and read up on the histories... anybody care?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:25 (two months ago) link

I like looking and reading the histories (if they're short). But it's on your time, so do what you will.

nickn, Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:55 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Experimental/Broadway composer/singer/songwriter Gelsey Bell just released a music-infused walking tour of Green-Wood; I'm a fan of her work and figure this is worth $7 for either a virtual exploration or an in-person one if you're nearby enough to do it there. I'll test drive afore too long.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 1 August 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

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