June 10, 2010

A Stroll Through Green-Wood Cemetery

Last weekend, I hit the BK for a field trip to Green-Wood Cemetary.  Set amongst some gorgeous hills near Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood, it's one of the oldest cemetaries in the city and easily the most beautiful.  It's home to many celebrity graves for folks like Leonard Bernstein, Fred Ebb, Peter Cooper and Jean-Michel Basquiat, just to name a few.
Founded in 1838, Green-Wood was recently designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 not just for it's role as a cemetary but also for the Battle of Brooklyn.  This was a famous fight during the Revolutionary War between the British and colonial troops on the highest natural point in Kings County....a hilltop with stunning views of the city and the Harbor, thus a site that was strategically essential. 

Anyway, here's some photos I took in my wanderings.  As you can see, it's definitely one of the creepier cemetaries around.  Lots of mausoleums and statuary, as was the custom in the 1800's.