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Brooklyn

Obscura Society NYC: Forgotten Disasters of NY at Green-Wood Cemetery

Resurrect the memory of forgotten NYC disasters through historic Green-Wood Cemetery's dead

Steamship fires, train crashes, and gruesome nights at the theater all shaped the New York City of today, but many of these catastrophic calamities have been forgotten in the city's history.

This walking tour of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, a sprawling Victorian burial ground dotted with marble monuments and ornate mausoleums, will take you back to some of these overlooked tragedies through their dead. Led by Atlas Obscura's cemetery aficionado Allison Meier, our tour will visit memorials to the Brooklyn Theater Fire of 1876, the 1918 Malbone Street train crash that claimed 93, the 1840 burning of the Lexington steamship, the recent, but almost forgotten, 1960 Park Slope Plane Crash, and more ghastly incidents of disaster.

As an exclusive component of the tour, we will also visit a usually off-limits permanent residence of the cemetery. 

Time: March 30, 2-4 pm. This tour will be held rain or shine. 

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

Questions? Email allison@atlasobscura.com