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Preserving History: A Visit to Bayside Cemetery in Queens

Explore the mid-19th century Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in New York City.

While it has suffered from decades of neglect, deterioration, and vandalism, restoration efforts are underway led by the dedication of volunteers and the Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries (CAJAC).

Learn about their preservation work and the history of the cemetery on this visit, and walk the paths lined with gated mausoleum lots and dense rows of tombs that mix with the overgrowth of urban vegetation centered on a small forest.

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:

Tickets are $18, with a portion of the proceeds going to support CAJAC’s restoration efforts.

Directions: Take the A train to 88th Street in Queens.


Sunday, November 11, 11am-1pm.Bayside Cemetery: 83-84 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, Queens County, New York USA 11417 Meet at the entrance on Liberty Avenue that looks like a house. Bring water, your camera, and wear sturdy shoes!