Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

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#3 of 13 in Historic Sites in Brooklyn
Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's famous personalities. A rural cemetery when it was founded in the 1838, the city now surrounds this National Historic Landmark. The entrance features ornate, Gothic Revival gates where a colony of monk parakeets perch. The highest point in Brooklyn, Battle Hill, is on the grounds and offers a view of the neighborhood. Here, you'll also find a Revolutionary War memorial statue, Altar to Liberty: Minerva. Purchase a self-guided walking-tour book or a mobile app on the cemetery's website, or join a trolley tour that's offered a few times a week. With our international travel planner, Brooklyn attractions like Green-Wood Cemetery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I’m not sure how you convince someone that a cemetery is ok to visit on a vacation, when you don’t know anyone there, but.... This cemetery is beautiful in every way. From beautiful stones to amazing ...  more »
  • We spent the afternoon walking around on our own while waiting to take their Twilight Tour. Walking around was very easy and there is a very detailed map that is available. The guided Twilight Tour wa...  more »
  • If you're a fan of "Gangs of New York" then you'll be thrilled to learn that "Bill, the Butcher" is buried here...as is shown, I believe, at the end of the movie. Tons of American History right here.  more »
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  • Beautiful place, but while the worker in the office was finding which box contained my beloved mother's ashes ( we decided to stay there for the 6 hours while she was cremated rather than leaving her to be sent back to us in Manhattan), he picked up each box containing someone else's loved one, popped them in the air to read the label, and then said "ah, there she is" and did a second little toss before shutting the metal cabinet. It was like something you'd do while searching inventory in a grocery store. I understand that these people work with remains every day and are used to it, but to do that in front of grieving family members was disgraceful. It makes me worried as to what happens when no one is around. I had just held my mom as she died in my arms 3 days before, and the memory of that moment with the Greenwood employee will stay with me for the rest of my life ( It was in June 2013, and still upsets me). Everyone else there was kind, but this was inexcusable. I would have addressed it then, if it hadn't been the worst few days of my life, and was trying to hold it together to support my sick father through this ( who also noticed and was visibly upset by it). It was bad enough to have my young. mother taken suddenly and very brutally by cancer; we did not need to see what remained of her treated so disrespectfully ( while we paid thousands for the "privilege). In addition, I understand that this cemetery is of historical significance, and understand the tours, but I think that some of the events that have spooky themes, fire throwers etc are in extremely bad taste given that peoples' loved ones are buried there. It isn't an amusement park. All of these reviews ( save one) seem to be from tourists enjoying gawking , yet not understanding that these aren't just the resting places of people from a hundred years ago, but now. Have some respect, and think about if it was you or your loved one's grave that you were snapping pics of. Low brow behavior, without any decorum.
  • Great family experience. The cemetery is beautiful. It is hilly but very walkable. The map the cemetery gave us was very helpful and easy to follow. I recommend a good hour at a minimum. But you should spend maybe 2 to 3 if you intend to do the whole thing. Bring a camera. Oh and scooters are not allowed, so the kids have to be able to walk long distances. Alternatively, you can do it in your car.
  • We had such a great experience the first time we returned again this week with friends. Different tour but again filled with interesting facts . Our friends want to go back again. The History is there but the narrative of Tour guide is what makes the day. Her love of the history of Brooklyn and the Cemetery just captives you. When your a Jet your a Jet all the way. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
  • Came here for an independent film called prospect. While I didn't get a chance to fully appreciate the landscaping design or view to many monuments, I did notice the imaculate landscaping care. Also the downspout at the entrance was probably the most amazing downspout I have ever seen. It's an excellent element of craftsmanship that more than likely a taste of what else lies beyond.
  • Once the nation's most visited tourist attraction outside Niagara Falls, the gorgeous Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and is the eternal home to some 600,000 people (or about 530 miles of bodies, head to toe). It's leafy and lovely, features Brooklyn's highest point at Battle Hill – a site from the Revolutionary War now marked with a seven-foot statue of the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva. Watch for the squawking green parakeets at the cemetery's Gothic entry – these are runaways from a JFK mishap in 1980 and have lived here since. 500 25th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
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