A Walk Through Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery is one of New York’s most storied historic spots, a garden cemetery that was conceived not just as a resting place for many of New York’s most famous and infamous citizens, but also as a park and spot to simply promenade in your weekend finery. Located in Brooklyn and on the site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Brooklyn, the cemetery is a beautiful, sprawling oasis filled with greenery, flowers, monuments, and of course, some of the city’s most famous dead — as well as some local parrots.

We strolled through on Memorial Day and, despite several hours in the cemetery, covered maybe 40% of it, leaving many of its most famous residents’ graves unvisited and waiting for a return. However, we did visit the final resting place of Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, DeWitt Clinton, and the Wizard of Oz.

I was going to try and write up a history beyond the basics, but that seems pointless given how fantastic this Green-Wood episode of the Bowery Boys podcast is. So I highly recommend you put that on your mp3 player and listen to it as you make your way through one of the city’s must-visit locations.