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Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx

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Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Located in Woodlawn, Bronx, New York City, it has the character of a rural cemetery. Woodlawn Cemetery opened in 1863, in what was then southern Westchester County, in an area that was later annexed to New York City in 1874. It is notable in part as the final resting place of some great figures in the American arts, such as authors Countee Cullen and Herman Melville, and musicians Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Max Roach.
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  • Took the 4 train to the end of the line, stepped off the platform and was there. Wonderful cemetery. Worth a trip, train passes Yankee stadium too.  more »
  • We came to Woodlawn during a holiday to NYC because my husband wanted to see Melville’s grave. It is well worth a visit, ended up being one of my favourite places we went during our trip. It is hard t...  more »
  • Woodlawn is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. I have visited Woodlawn on a number of occasions during different times of the year - Spring ...  more »
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  • Gorgeous cemetery. Very quiet and peaceful, great for an afternoon to wander and escape the bustle of the city.
  • The absolute best cemetery I had ever visited. It's so amazing, and there's so much to see that we have come back multiple times. The history of New York is buried here. Governors, business moguls, authors, musicians, all buried here. Names like Juilliard, Woolworth, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin...so many more that it would take a multi-page printout to list them. And that's exactly what the cemetery does. They give you a map with the names and locations of everyone famous buried here. A quick tour will take 3-4 hours, and a more detailed one can take even longer. As always, please be respectful because it is a working cemetery with burials happening almost every day.
  • My favorite cemetery. Wonderful mausoleums and many famous people buried there. Cool place to visit and have a look around.
  • The nicest people that ever lived are buried there. -My Mom & Dad
  • My father bought a double grave for him and my mother in the mid-1960's, at Woodlawn Cemetery, located at 517 East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY 10470. My mother died 11 years before my father, and a head stone,approximately five (5) feet in diameter in width, was placed on the grave, clearly showing my mother being buried on the left side, and the right side of the stone was blank, obviously for my father's information. My mother's funeral was handled by Stutzmnn Funeral Home, located at 224-39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428. When my father died, my brother and I thought it would be appropriate for Stutzmnn Funeral Home, located at 224-39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428, to handle his funeral arrangements, too. The idiots from Woodlawn buried my father on top of my mother instead of next to her. As a result, the burial could not take place. The family had to wait a few days before the new grave could be dug. When the burial took place, there was an issue of payment. The administration of the cemetery took my brother and myself into a back room, with a couple of its gorillas, and threatened to exhume my father's remains if Woodlawn was not paid immediately. What they did not realize was that my brother was a law enforcement officer and was armed with both a .357 magnum, plus his secondary weapon. My brother insisted that I pay the cemetery bill as he did not want to kill anyone over a cemetery bill, even though I thought it would be most appropriate, after all, we were at a cemetery. The bill was paid by check with the notation that payment was coerced under threat of exhumation of my father's remains on the back of the check. Needless to say, Woodlawn took exception and insisted that I write a new check, which I refused to do. Woodlawn cashed the check, and both Woodlawn and the funeral home, Stutzmnn Funeral Home, located at 224-39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428, were sued for negligence, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County. Each claimed the other was responsible, but how stupid do you have to be when the grave stone, which is quite large, clearly shows that the husband is to be buried next to the wife, and the husband's inscription data area is blank. Both settled out of court as it would be bad publicity to let such an inflammatory issue go to public trial. The moral of this story is-be careful of what you deal with. Funeral homes are out to milk as much money as they can from the bereaved families, while their over head costs are very low, and the cemeteries are not much better. My mistake, and I offer this as professional advise, I should have gone to trial and let a jury of my peers decide the culpability of the defendants, either individually and/or jointly.

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