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Green-Wood cemetery, Brooklyn

#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in Brooklyn
Cemetery · Tourist Spot
Green-Wood cemetery is the final resting place of many of the city's famous personalities. A rural cemetery when it was founded in the 1838, the city now surrounds this National Historic Landmark. The entrance features ornate, Gothic Revival gates where a colony of monk parakeets perch. The highest point in Brooklyn, Battle Hill, is on the grounds and offers a view of the neighborhood. Here, you'll also find a Revolutionary War memorial statue, Altar to Liberty: Minerva. Purchase a self-guided walking-tour book or a mobile app on the cemetery's website, or join a trolley tour that's offered a few times a week. With our international travel planner, Brooklyn attractions like Green-Wood cemetery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We visited Green-Wood 3x the week we were in Brooklyn and learned largely different stories each time. With an informative map in-hand, on our first visit we saw the monument to NYC's dead in the US.....  more »
  • At one time this sight had as many visitors as Niagra Falls. When we went (on a hot July afternoon, it was nearly empty except for those attending a funeral and burial. There are a number of famous.....  more »
  • This place is amazing, you can literally spend a whole day walking around. It's peaceful and quiet with so much history behind it. If you're into photography you can take breathtaking shots in there. Definitely worth it if you're in the area.
  • I had never set foot in Green-wood before. We attended an event called "Nightfall". Sort of a multi focus performance event with a vaguely "Halloween" theme in beautiful Green-wood after dark. Loved walking around the cemetery. Paths were lined with small candles, small solar lights and occasionally tiki torches. Performers were scattered here and there along with some movie screens playing thematic visuals. Definitely low-key, retro and even low-tech. We enjoyed it. Greenwood is an active cemetery and burials still take place there. It actually made me think THIS is a place I would like to be buried (just not too soon!) I hope the spirits were amused too. Addendum May 26, 2019- Attended free Memorial Day concert, another excellent reason to visit. Musicians were students at music school in Manhattan and were excellent. Performed pieces by some of the "permanent residents" of Green-Wood such as Leonard Bernstein and Fred Ebb. Walked through the cemetery after and out the Ft Hamilton entrance, blessed with perfect weather.
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