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Brooklyn, New York

Catacombs and Other Curiosities: Green-Wood Cemetery

Explore some of Green-Wood Cemetery’s more offbeat corners, such as the rarely opened catacombs and an entire 17th century burial ground relocated to the Brooklyn cemetery’s 478 acres

Established in 1838 as a rural cemetery, Green-Wood holds around 600,000 interments on a forested hill overlooking the New York Harbor. From the flock of wild parrots that nests in the entrance gate’s Gothic spires, to a story of unsolved murder that inspired Edgar Allan Poe, to an ostentatious catafalque in a memorial to a soda water tycoon that one art critic called “depraved,” this walk will explore some of the more unusual aspects of this historic cemetery. 
 
This exploration is part of our second annual Autumn Cemetery Exploration Series with Atlas Obscura resident cemetery expert Allison Meier. Other NYC area opportunities include:
 
October 20 - A Beautiful Death in the Bronx: Walk the Art & Stories of Woodlawn Cemetery
October 29 - Marble Cemetery Victorian Funeral
November 11 - Preserving History: A Visit to Bayside Cemetery in Queens
 
Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds go to support the Green-Wood Historic Fund. 
 
Two times, two tours: 10 am - noon; 1 - 3 pm
 
Directions: Take the R train to 25th Street in Brooklyn