Green Wood Cemetery

Brooklyn, History, Queens

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?

Find out why the dead outnumber the living in Queens

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Images: Heartseat via Stereotank (L); Citi Bike (R)

Events, History, holidays

green wood cemetary valentine's day

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.

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Images: Green Wood Cemetery via lostinbrooklyn via photopin cc (L); Gay Street via aurélien. via photopin cc(R)

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