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The Laurel Hill Lion

This majestic monument marks the grave of  Major General Robert Patterson, who fought in both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War.

Shades of Michelangelo

Based on Michelangelo's Lorenzo de Medici, this sculpture is part of the Sayles family lot in Rhode Island's Swan Point Cemetery.

The Helmsley Palace

The palatial mausoleum of hoteliers Harry and Leona Helmsley commands a picturesque view in New York's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

A Serene Fall Scene at Calvary Cemetery

Dr. and Mrs. Henry Small

This graceful monument in Cypress Hills Cemetery marks the grave of Dr. Henry Small --a 19th Century physician and his wife, Araminta.

Senator Lispenard Stewart and Family

This Norman Revival hillside tomb, which contains the remains of the Lispenard Stewart family, was designed by James Fenwick in 1889. The Stewart family was socially prominent and when Mrs. Mary Stewart (nee Mary Rogers Rhinelander) died in 1893, a NY Times article noted that she was “one of the wealthiest women in New York. ”Her funeral was attended by the Astor, Vanderbilt and Pell families. Their son, Senator Lispenard Stewart, was included in an 1890 article about the most eligible bachelors in NY. In 1895, he was the escort of Gertrude Vanderbilt at her coming out party (which had an entirely different meaning in those days :)) and characterized as the “best dancer in Newport, Rhode Island.”

Brooklyn Dodgers First Baseman Gilbert "Gil" Hodges

Buried in Brooklyn's Holy Cross Cemetery, visitors often leave baseball memorabilia at the grave of the beloved former first baseman, and New York Mets manager. Hodges suffered a fatal heart attack, in 1972, after playing a round of golf in Florida. On what would have been his 48th birthday, over a 1,000 people waited on line outside a Brooklyn funeral home hoping to be admitted to pay their respects. 
On the day of Hodges’ funeral fans stood behind police barricades for a glimpse of Hodges’ casket as it was being brought into church. Baseball luminaries --among them Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, players Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, pitchers Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax, and sports announcer Howard Cosell --filled the pews.
Brooklyn Bishop Francis J. Mugavero was the principal celebrant, while Hodges' pastor and friend, Father Charles E. Curley, gave the homily. ”Gil was a hero. All of us need heroes, though lately they seem to be in short supply. Here is one to look up to an…

Green-Wood's Beautiful Arbor of Trees

This arbor of trees --located near the Civil War Soldiers' Monument-- --where the delicate and ephemeral cherry blossoms make a brief appearance, is one of my favorite spring sites.

This tableau, blanketed by freshly fallen snow, is in honor of Good Friday and the promise of spring.

Stanford White's Design for Steel Magnate, David Stewart

The bronze-reliefs on the tomb of steel magnate David Stewart were created by famed architect Stanford White and preeminent sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Together, the pair also created a number of other noted works: The Farragut Monument in Madison Square Garden (their first collaboration); the Peter Cooper Monument for Cooper Union; The Puritan in Springfield, Mass.and Chicago’s General John Logan Monument.

The Real Amityville Horror

This monument is to the DeFeo family, who were all murdered in their Amityville, LI home in November of 1974. Ronald DeFeo Sr., his wife Lillian, and four of their chidren were shot to death by their eldest son, Ronald Jr., who blamed the murder on a mafia hitman. He was found guilty at trial and is serving a life sentence. This sensational case spawned a number of books, including the Amityville Horror, a book based on the Lutz family's account of the brief (less than a month) period they lived in the house, a year later. George and Kathy Lutz claimed they had been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while residing in the house. To this day, the house at 112 Ocean Ave. remains an object of curiosity.