Learning about the past at Green-Wood Cemetery

The headstone of William Poole, aka Bill the Butcher, of the infamous Bowery Boys gang

Green-Wood Cemetery has been a popular attraction for tourists and New Yorkers alike since it opened in 1838. Its popularity in the mid-19th century inspired the construction of Central and Prospect parks. The premiere place to be buried in New York City, it is full of famous and influential New York residents.

It is also a popular site for bird watchers as the top spire in the front gate is the nesting grounds for descendent colony of monk parakeets that escaped their containers on a flight from South America to Idlewild International Airport (today JFK) in the 1960s.

The Cemetery was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

The BK Buzz talked to Jeff Richman, the official Green-Wood Cemetery historian, about his job uncovering the history of Green-Wood and what he loves most about these 478 beautifully landscaped acres. Listen in to find out what he had to say:

To visit Green-Wood Cemetery take the R train to the 25th Street station and walk one block east to the main entrance at 5th Avenue and 25th Street. For more information, email info@greenwoodcemetery.org

The entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery which was established in 1838


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