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Green-Wood cemetery, Brooklyn

Cemetery · Tourist Spot
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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  • It’s huge. I drove around for an hour and stopped alongside to stroll a little. Very unique and peaceful place. Less crowded than the actual parks.  more »
  • If you’re looking for lots of famous people buried here, this isn’t an exciting place to start. But it is a large (over 400 acres) cemetery, very pretty, with a lot of impressive headstones to see...  more »
  • A beautiful place to see history and traditional architecture. Views of Manhattan are gorgeous as are the various types of trees  more »
  • This place is amazing, you can literally spend a whole day walking around. It's peaceful and quiet with so much history behind it. If you're into photography you can take breathtaking shots in there. Definitely worth it if you're in the area.
  • I had never set foot in Green-wood before. We attended an event called "Nightfall". Sort of a multi focus performance event with a vaguely "Halloween" theme in beautiful Green-wood after dark. Loved walking around the cemetery. Paths were lined with small candles, small solar lights and occasionally tiki torches. Performers were scattered here and there along with some movie screens playing thematic visuals. Definitely low-key, retro and even low-tech. We enjoyed it. Greenwood is an active cemetery and burials still take place there. It actually made me think THIS is a place I would like to be buried (just not too soon!) I hope the spirits were amused too. Addendum May 26, 2019- Attended free Memorial Day concert, another excellent reason to visit. Musicians were students at music school in Manhattan and were excellent. Performed pieces by some of the "permanent residents" of Green-Wood such as Leonard Bernstein and Fred Ebb. Walked through the cemetery after and out the Ft Hamilton entrance, blessed with perfect weather.
  • This is a gem. Quiet place where you can relive history. Samuel Morse, Dewitt Clinton, Ebbett and Steinway are all buried here. Plus, the graves are kept in excellent condition and the groundskeepers do a great job of maintaining the sprawling beauty of the place.
  • Beautiful old 1700s cemetery. Go on the trolley tour, its the best way to see the place! Ask for Marge! She's a freakin awesome tour guide!
  • Did you know before the creation of Central Park, the wealthy gentry class in NYC used to take a ferry over to Brooklyn and have a nice little picnic in Greenwood Cemetery to get away from the polluted Manhattan environment? Upon visiting, you’ll understand why they did something that seems so morbid to us nowadays. It’s a beautiful, serene environment and there’s something fascinating about seeing famous figures graves. Besides that, there’s wonderful architecture and landscaping to admire. I would recommend taking a tour here and checking out the cemetery (as well as learning a piece of NYC’s rich history).

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