Thursday, February 5, 2009

One of the most special places in Brooklyn

One of the most special places in Brooklyn is Green-Wood Cemtery. Twenty years ago, I saw it for the first time and thought it to be the most magnificent cemetery I'd ever seen. And, believe me, I had seen a lot of cemeteries in my career as a funeral director. Of course, back then, there was no way of knowing that twenty years later, in 2008, I would do a book about the place. But that's just what I did. After years of profiling noted cemeteries and famous funerals, as a freelance writer, I got the opportunity to delve into the history of the most famous cemetery in America. When I began the project, I knew of many of Green-Wood's famous denizens, but as I continued to research by traversing the grounds and reading all I could about the place and its history, it became a question of winnowing down subjects to include in the book. In fact, if I were to do a Green-Wood Cemetery Part II, III, IV & V, I sill could not possbly include all the stories Green-Wood has to tell. I'd like to share here with you some of the stunning architecture and compelling stories I came across while working on the book; some of which made the final cut and others which, unfortunately, did not. I'd also like to share with you, the tales of some non-famous citizens, as I believe all people have a tale to tell.


  1. Very nice. A good cemetery lasts forever. My favourite is La Recoleta in Buenos Aires, where Evita Peron has her tomb. I'd love to end up there.

  2. Several years ago, I wrote a profile of Eva Peron and became familiar with Recoleta Cemetery. So far I've only seen photos, but it is one of the cemeteries I'd love to visit someday.


Windows into Long Island's Past

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