Interred beneath the ornate graves of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn are stories of murder, corruption, gang warfare, and lurid scandal. On February 10, 2013, the New York Obscura Society unearthed these grim histories buried among the nearly 600,000 souls who call the Victorian rural cemetery their permanent home. Established in 1838, Green-Wood was planned as the final resting place for New York’s elite, a park-like predecessor to Central Park and an outdoor sculpture garden predating the Metropolitan Museum. Yet beneath its beauty of marble statues and tree groves are dark secrets, and what better time to discover them than in the dead of winter?
Led by our resident cemetery aficionado Allison Meier, this visit also included a rare opportunity to explore Green-Wood’s catacombs. Come prepared for the cold and tales of cold, cold hearts.