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Obscura Society NYC: Woodlawn Cemetery Under the Stars

Watch the sun go down from the less explored corners of this historic city of the dead

Journey beneath the moonlight to the less explored corners of Woodlawn Cemetery.

This nighttime tour visits the graves and mausoleums of the 19th-century Bronx cemetery. Pay homage to the creator of the "Great White Whale" at the grave of author Herman Melville. Revisit the tragic story of the ill-fated North Pole explorer George W. DeLong (Woodlawn's "snow man"). Make friends with a parrot (yes, a parrot). Scratch below the surface of one of New York City's treasured burial grounds.

Founded in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery holds around 1,300 private mausoleums, behind the doors of which can be found ornate stained glass by Tiffany Studios and John LaFarge, colorful mosaics and walls of cut marble. This is a rare opportunity to experience this city of the dead in the twilight hours.

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Saturday, May 3, 7-9 pm
Tickets: $25
We will be meeting at the gate at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street across from the Metro North station. To travel to Woodlawn Cemetery with the Atlas Obscura group, meet us at the clock in the central terminal of Grand Central Station at 6:10 pm. We will take the Metro North train at 6:25 to Woodlawn Cemetery (please purchase your train ticket before meeting up). After the tour, a train departs at 9:32 pm arriving back at Grand Central at 10:01 pm. 

Alternatively, you can take the 2 to 233rd Street and walk three blocks along 233rd, head downhill, and cross over Webster Avenue. The cemetery entrance will be on your left.

No admittance will be allowed after 7 pm or at the Jerome Avenue gate, and once the gates are locked they will not be unlocked until the end of the tour (unless there is an emergency). Flashlights are required, and each guest must bring his or her own flashlight. 

Cancellations must be given at least 24 hours in advance for a refund.