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Brooklyn, NY

Obscura Society NY: The Awful Dead

An encounter with some of the unsavory eternal residents of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, and a special visit to its catacombs

Interred beneath the ornate graves of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn are stories of murder, corruption, gang warfare, and lurid scandal.

On October 10, 2014, the New York Obscura Society will unearth 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 Halloween month? We will visit Boss Tweed, Bill the Butcher, Albert Anastasia, and other unsavory characters. 

Led by our resident cemetery aficionado Allison Meier, this visit also includes a rare opportunity to explore Green-Wood’s catacombs. Come prepared for the fall chill and tales of cold, cold hearts.

Time: October 19, 2-4 pm. This tour will be held rain or shine.

We will meet just within the stone Gothic arch at 25th Street and Fourth Avenue. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, and your camera.

This tour is sold out, no tickets will be available at the gate. Please join the wait list for cancellations. 

A portion of the proceeds from this event goes to support the Green-Wood Historic Fund.

Questions? Email allison@atlasobscura.com.

Refunded cancellations are required to be at least 24 hours in advance.