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Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

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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. See Green-Wood Cemetery and all Brooklyn has to offer by arranging your trip with our Brooklyn trip itinerary planner.
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  • I am born and raised in Brooklyn. My family has a plot in Greenwood and I have attended many funerals of family and friends there. It is a beautiful place that is filled with history. I have walked th...  more »
  • Beautiful, more like a sculpture park than a cemetery. Loaded with NY and American History. Very peaceful. A must for any Brooklyn visit 
  • Beautifully kept greens. The tram tour is informative and plots full of famous people. The lovely hills and mini lakes are wonderful backgrounds for many a bride & grooms wedding shots. 
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  • This is a beautiful place with tons of history and helpful staff. I encourage anyone interested in discovering some of Brooklyn's history to go here. Just be careful, it's easy to get lost!
  • Picturesque place to take a leisurely stroll. Yes, tombs do make for nice photos, especially in the fall when the foliage explodes with bright colors. Ask for a map at the entrance to see where the tombs of popular New Yorkers are found. Just be patient because all roads and walk paths are too windy it is difficult to figure out your exact location at any given moment. It also does not help that the place has not been mapped properly by Google Maps. Find an elevated spot near the entrance to view Manhattan's skyline.
  • One of the most enchanting, beautiful and eerie places I have ever visited. Take a couple of hours (alone if you can), to explore it. Feel free to bring a book with you (next time I will visit it with an Edgar Alan Poe one). I visited it in Summer. Now I really want to watch its Spring, Fall and Winter splendour.
  • I live right around the corner and I love having the cemetery next to me. It's a wonderful place to enjoy nature, learn about history, or look at art. They have many tours focusing on different aspects of the cemetery and people buried there. They also have talks and events. If you can go on one of the moonlight strolls - a walk through the cemetery after the sun sets usually ending at the catacombs where there is music playing and beer and wine is available.
  • You could visit Times Square on your trip to New York; you could climb the Empire State Building. why go where the crowds go? Green-Wood is a little more relaxed than either of those two, but just as interesting. See the last resting places of the famous and take in the views of Manhattan too. A short hop on the subway from the latter, it's a great excuse to get off the island.