Composer and conductor extraordinaire, Marvin Hamlisch, wrote the award-winning What I Did For Love for the musical "A Chorus Line." It is a fitting inscription on Hamlisch's memorial in Mt. Zion Cemetery. His funeral in Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El was a glorious celebration of his myriad contributions to the entertainment world.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Among the 50,000 + people buried in Mt. Ararat in Lindenhurst, New York, are some of Long Island’s most recognizable names. Foremost among them is Fortunoff. In 1922, Max and Clara Fortunoff began the popular retail store in Brooklyn moving to Westbury in 1964. What became a shopping mecca for Long Islanders closed in 2009. Max Fortunoff died in 1987, at the age of 89. He is buried with his wife, Clara, daughter Marjorie Mayrock, who preceded him in death, and a number of other family members. The Fotunoff/Mayrock plot is located under a towering oak tree, on a shady corner, at the far end of the cemetery. His footstone reads: He Lived the American Dream.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020
The prominent location of former Washington Post editor Benjamin Bradlee's mausoleum, in Georgetown's Oak Hill Cemetery, was the subject of heated debate. A DC advocacy group contended that the mausoleum "threatened the cemetery's historic entranceway" and they tried to stop construction. After their initial resistance, the city, along with the cemetery's support, permitted the project to go forward.
Katharine Graham, the newspaper's former publisher, and Bradlee's friend and former boss, is buried not far from the neo-classical structure.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Little has been written about Long Island's many historically rich cemeteries. So, I was most pleased to write about ten of them for Newsday. My story is the cover for today's Long Island Life section.
The history of us: Tombstone tourism connects visitors to Long Island's past
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Green-Wood Cemetery continues to be a treasure trove for story ideas. My latest is in this month's American Cemetery & Cremation magazine. Even though all four of the monuments featured in the article appear in my cemetery books, I've since learned even more about them, and their back stories.
Composer and conductor extraordinaire, Marvin Hamlisch, wrote the award-winning What I Did For Love for the musical "A Chorus Li...
Hungarian-born journalist and newspaper publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, was born Jozsef Politzer in 1847. Several years after the death of his ...
Way back when, the first significant monument I was introduced to at Green-Wood was the "bride." So significant was this that I ...
One of the most unique mausoleums to be found in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery is that of successful Atlanta businessman, Jasper Newton Smith. ...
At the 1972 funeral of Jackie Robinson, 2,500 people packed Riverside Church in New York City. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, NY C...
One of the most ornate monuments in Green-Wood is that of Charlotte Canda, who died in 1845, on her 17th birthday. Canda’s death was th...
Edward I. Koch, New York City's beloved mayor (and my favorite) died six years ago today. It was a privilege to attend his funeral,...
This open –air mausoleum --resembling a gazebo – was built for Marc Antony Zambetti, grandson of the Stella D’Oro Biscuit Company’s found...
Green-Wood Cemetery's Stubenbord-Sutherland monument features a seated mourning figure holding a sprig of ivy. The granite monument...
The grave of Leonard Bernstein is one of the most visited in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Infamous 1930s crime lord, Dutch Schultz, is buried beneath a bench-like monument --which bears his birth name, Arthur Flegenheimer—in Hawth...