You may have noticed when driving from Queens to Brooklyn that at some point you find yourself surrounded by a sea of headstones in every direction. The city’s “cemetery belt”–reportedly visible from space–stretches for two and a half miles along the Queens/Brooklyn border and is so populous that there are more than twice as many dead people in Queens than living ones. What’s up with this cemetery city?
Green Wood Cemetery
- Stereotank’s heart-shaped urban drum in Times Square known as Heartbeat will turn into a “heartseat.” [Inhabitat]
- A Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for a documentary film about Horn & Hardart’s iconic Automat. [Gothamist]
- Mapping the 53 new Citi Bike stations coming to Williamsburg and Greenpoint. [BK Paper]
- A small shop in Ridgewood, Queens is the reason NYC still has neon signs. [Animal]
- Take a black history tour at Green-Wood Cemetery this weekend. [Brownstoner]
Images: Heartseat via Stereotank (L); Citi Bike (R)
Expect conditions to be a little more, um, icy. Photo courtesy of Green-Wood Cemetery
What could be more romantic than a cozy mid-winter afternoon trolley ride through one of NYC’s most interesting national historic landmarks, Green-Wood Cemetery? Celebrate this most romantic of holidays with a bit of a gothic twist: Expert guide Ruth Edebohls will lead a tour highlighting historic power couples, romantic monuments and tales of love everlasting, both triumphant and grim.
You can also view Civil War love letters from the Brooklyn Historical Society’s historic archives on display in the Historic Chapel and have some coffee, tea or hot chocolate before the trolley tour begins. The event is on February 14, 1-3 PM; $20 for Green-Wood and BHS members/$25 for nonmembers.
Find out more and buy tickets here: Love Set in Stone: A Valentine’s Trolley Tour.
Daily Link Fix: Where to Get Your Halloween Fix All Year Long; The City’s Charming One-Block Streets, Fri, October 31, 2014
- Metro New York rounds up spooky spots in NYC where it’s Halloween all year.
- And Curbed has a list of city sites that have been turned into houses of horror courtesy of Hollywood.
- A new website can tell you about yourself based on your zip code, and it’s pretty accurate. More on Business Insider.
- Have you ever been walking around and seen a super tiny door affixed to a tree, light post, or wall? Well, they’re called Fairy Doors, and Apartment Therapy has the scoop.
- Untapped Cities uncovers six underground vaults around the city.
- Short and sweet: The Times takes a look at New York’s charming, one-block streets.