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New York, New York

Obscura Society NYC: An Afternoon at the New York Marble Cemetery

Visit the 'gentlemen's cemetery' with the Obscura Society's resident cemetery expert

This “place of interment for gentlemen” incorporated in 1831 is usually locked to the public.

Named for the marble vaults hidden beneath its grounds, the New York Marble Cemetery is one of the few surviving cemeteries in Lower Manhattan. This visit on one of their rare open days features a talk on the cemetery’s history and its place in the greater changes happening to death in New York City in the 19th century. Time and weather permitting, after the talk and some time discovering the cemetery we may walk to some of the other surviving burial grounds in the East Village and their overlooked memorials to the people whose history haunts the streets. You will be also welcome to spend the afternoon in the New York Marble Cemetery's garden.


  • Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 12-2pm
  • Location: 41 1/2 Second Avenue, New York, 10003.
  • Enter through the gate and walk down the alleyway.
  • Grab a coffee or lunch on your way if you like and bring it for the talk.
  • Tickets: $12 (a portion of the proceeds goes to support the New York Marble Cemetery)