I've lived by Green-Wood Cemetery in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn for more than 7yrs, and the beauty and size of this place is out of this world. The gothic main entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street is absolutely breathtaking.
This cemetery is the final resting place of many of Hollywood's, Broadway's, and the classical music world's elite. It's a veritable who's-who when walking around it.
Grab a map at the visitors center right at the entrance to find the locations of some of the more well-known celebrities or search their computer database.
Every time someone visits me, I insist on bringing them here. Their reaction is always the same: "A cemetery?!" And then we get there and everything changes, and they are so thankful for the experience.
The mausoleums, statues, and tombstones are so gorgeous. If you are around during cherry blossom season, the cemetery is blooming with cherry blossoms down by a small lake. A lovely respite. But fall is also a stunning time to visit, when the leaves are changing.
I've been numerous times, at all times of the year, the first to seek out the tomb of Fred Ebb, famed musical theater lyricist, many times just to walk and take photographs, and most recently to attend the unveiling of a new angel atop composer Gottschalk's gravestone, complete with a beautiful concert of his music. They constantly have events and tours. Check their website for more information.
If you are visiting Brooklyn, I highly recommend a visit to Green-Wood.
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