Monday, February 3, 2020
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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
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, and write about it for 'American Funeral Director.' Of the thousands of funerals I've been at over the years, Mayor Koch's remains my favorite. It incorporated all the elements of a good funeral, and the memory of his casket being shouldered out of Temple Emanu-El to the tune of New York New York is indelible.
Mayor Koch is buried in Trinity Cemetery (uptown).
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
I've long admired the work of journalist Lisa Colangelo, so I was thrilled to give her a tour of these two fabulous cemeteries.
Explore the secrets and hidden history of Queens' Calvary and Saint John cemeteries
Alexandra Mosca, author and funeral director, takes amNewYork on a tour of the sprawling cemeteries.
Finally got the chance to tour two of Washington DC's standout cemeteries: Oak Hill and Congressional. So many monuments caught my att...
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 ornate monuments in Green-Wood is that of Charlotte Canda, who died in 1845, on her 17th birthday. Canda’s death was th...
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 unique mausoleums to be found in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery is that of successful Atlanta businessman, Jasper Newton Smith. ...
Green-Wood Cemetery's Stubenbord-Sutherland monument features a seated mourning figure holding a sprig of ivy. The granite monument...
This open –air mausoleum --resembling a gazebo – was built for Marc Antony Zambetti, grandson of the Stella D’Oro Biscuit Company’s found...
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,...
Archibald Gracie IV was instrumental in saving the lives of a number of fellow RMS Titanic passengers. Gracie, too, survived and began...