New York City Secrets Within Calvary Cemetery - Atlas Obscura

Queens, New York

New York City Secrets Within Calvary Cemetery

Explore NYC history, hidden inside sculptural monuments and mafioso grave sites, as you take in iconic city views on this walking tour.

Walk amongst the 300-year-old headstones and rolling hills of Calvary Cemetery, founded in 1848 by Roman Catholic Archbishop "Dagger" John Hughes. Led by Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman, you'll take in rich history housed within the colonial-era Alsop cemetery.

First Calvary is the final resting place of senators, governors, businessmen, mafiosos, and even an heir to the throne of Ireland. See the memorial to NYC's Civil War soldiers erected by Tammany Hall, and one dedicated to the "fighting 69th."

The views from Calvary Cemetery are iconic, with the Manhattan and LIC skylines framing the scene, so be sure to bring your camera.

Meet up at the north east corner of Greenpoint and Review Avenues, near the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in Blissville. We will be exiting the Cemetery through the main gates at Greenpoint and Gale Avenue, nearby Borden Avenue and the Long Island Expressway. 


  • Be aware that we will be walking across a natural surface of grass and soil.
  • Dress and pack appropriately for hiking and the weather. Closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.
  • Bathroom opportunities will be found only at the start and end of the walk.
  • We will be outside until the very end of the tour, which will run about two hours.


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