Woodlawn Cemetery
Woodlawn Cemetery
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the ornate and imaginative mausoleums and monuments of some of the country's most famous industrialists and politicians. Notable individuals include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and many more. Guide maps are available at both cemetery entrances.
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Marcella S
Bronx, New York3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the most Tranquil and Beautiful cemeteries that I have visited. My 2 sisters and I have been visiting Woodlawn Cemetery for over 20 years. We visited kour mother and grand mother 3 times a year. Now one of my sisters has joined them. I live in Maryland & my Little sister lives in the upper Bx. I will continue visiting my family until I can’t make it to NY.
Written March 6, 2020
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Submariner42
Yakima, WA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
On your first trips to NYC you have to visit the MET, Central Park, the Villiage, the UN, the wonderful tall buildings, the churches, the museums, the Statue of Liberty, etc. All those things are great and should come first. On your 8th trip to NYC you start to reach out and look around a little further out.

At the suggestion of a friend, we went out via Metro, to Woodlawn Cemetary. This was going to be a quick stop and look around and back to the list of other sites to see for that day. It turned into an all day visit. It was just so interesting, beautiful, historical, perhaps a bit eerie and maybe even sometimes sad.

Many of the structures built to honor the memories of prominent New Yorkers are absolutely fabulous. There are several that are more beautiful than any of the churches we have back home! It is a good thing that we now use digital cameras because we took a boat load of pictures and did lots of walking. The Jerome Avenue entrance is near the Woodlawn metro stop - the cemetary is right across the street from the last station on the line. The cemetary entrance gates are up the street a bit. Inside the gates there are printed guides and the security station was also helpful for us. The visitor's center was closed when we went, but we ended up seeing a ton of interesting things and learning a lot about the history of NYC and some of the leaders of industry in America along the way.

If you have done the "A" list above and you have a nice day, I would definitely recommend a ride on up to Woodlawn and take a look. If you are curious and open minded like me, you will really enjoy the visit!
Written February 24, 2012
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JogNy
NY248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Couples
If you like to walk in cemeteries, this one ranks among the world's greatest. So many famous people are buried here that it would take days to visit all their graves: Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, W.C. Handy, Fiorello La Guardia, Bat Masterson, Herman Melville and F.W. Woolworth, to name just a few. Some of the crypts are the size of small houses.
Written January 24, 2012
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Joseph T
Huntington, NY57 contributions
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What do Miles Davis, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Herman Melville and JC Penney have in common??? They are all resting for eternity in Woodlawn Cemetery. The mausoleums are very impressive, and this is no surprise because many were designed by some of America's greatest achitects. The cemetery art is also very beautiful and is displayed in a rural, park like setting filled with specimen trees and rare birds. Some funereal oddities add a bit of whimsey!!! I absolutely LOVE this place!!!
Written December 28, 2011
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PeterDerrick
Bronx, New York23 contributions
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May 2012 • Friends
Woodlawn Cemetery is one of two great cemeteries in New York City--the other is Greenwood in Brooklyn. It was built as a cemetery in the 1870s for all New Yorkers, rich and poor and of all religions, after there was no more space to bury people in Manhattan. Many famous people are buried here, including FW Woolworth, Herman Melville, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, as well as hundreds of wealthy New Yorkers, many of which have huge tombs. The experience is park like, with rolling hills, lots of trees and a lake with birds. The cemetery is easily accessible by car or the #4 subway--last stop, Woodlawn.
Written July 12, 2012
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Passport590427
New York City, NY29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
I was taken there by a friend on a gorgeous Spring day.
The whole place was so serene and peaceful with lots of trees in bloom, and I saw the Titanic victims tombs, the Macy*s, the Woolworth, Miles Davis and many more ..
The place is huge and well worth a visit
Written August 11, 2019
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HeatherAZ_10
Arizona City8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I am a cemetery buff and if you are too, you MUST visit this cemetery. I've never been to a cemetery where the uber-wealthy go to be buried; there is also a section (less impressive) where regular people can be buried. I have never seen so many mausoleums--many that were 5-10 times bigger than my home.

While it's a good idea to drive around (the cemetery is HUGE), I walked it because I didn't have a vehicle, and it's a pleasant walk. I found the resting places of two of my heroes: Herman Melville and Eliz. Cary Stanton. They have no special markers on the graves, but the map is helpful. There are lots of other famous names there, too. I was only sad I couldn't find Countee Cullen and Nelly Bly (they are in the "regular" section, so their grave markers are among hundreds; also, I was running out of time).

There's no cost to enter the cemetery, just plan for a long and peaceful day. Remember to be respectful as it's still an operating business. Everyone I encountered (only groundskeepers since I was there on a rainy day) was very nice and helpful.
Written May 27, 2017
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Cecilia F
Orlando, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Celia Cruz is layed to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. I remember like yesterday all the preparations her family and Pedro's family did to arrange for the Queen of Mambo to lay at peace. She will always be missed in my heart. She was a great inspiration to many of us hispanics
Written January 20, 2016
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Legluck
189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014
This cemetary is quite large and impressive. It borders the lovely Irish community by the same name...Woodlawn.
If you go to the office they have maps that will tell you where all the famous and influential individuals are buried. On the property is a pond with ducks and geese. It's quite tranquil.
Try to visit the Straus family crypt. The architecture is beautiful. Across you'll see a beautiful sculpture of a man and woman in honor of Mr and Mrs Straus who perished on the Titanic. Very moving.
In the spring everything is in bloom. The azaleas are absolutely gorgeous. A must see.
Written October 18, 2014
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JWNewYorkCity
New York City, NY220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
I have always visited cemeteries throughout the world on trips I have taken. I learned a great deal from these visits about the local habits, how people lived, their beliefs, and how life and the afterlife were perceived. It became rather helpful doing business in many parts of the globe.

Woodlawn stands out among many of these cemeteries and is worth the trip. It is very easy to get there from Manhattan via car or public transit. Woodlawn was not built the way most cemeteries are. People brought in their own architects and had them design their last resting place. This is part of the beauty as one walks around from one mausoleum to the other.

What could be improved are the directions provided at the office. Navigating with a map through so many gravestones and mausoleums is extremely difficult to find what you are looking for. Perhaps some elegantly and unobtrusive markers could be placed for some of the most important sites.

As the brochure lets us know, Woodlawn was established in 1863, and is an active, 400 acre, non-sectarian cemetery. This oasis is in an urban setting with more than 300.000 individuals who are buried on its grounds. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011, and it was established by a group of prominent New Yorkers who envisioned a burial ground easily accessible from Manhattan. Many of Woodlawn's notable mausoleums, over 1300, designed by legendary American architects, landscape designers and sculptors are represented on the grounds. Many of these mausoleums also have artistically significant interiors, decorated to provide beauty. The collection of Tiffany windows and mosaics in these memorials are unsurpassed. You will find business Moguls and Philanthropists, Civic Activists and Public Servants, Musicians, Composers, and Producers, Stars of Stage and Screen, Artists and Illustrators, Writers, Athletes and Sport Figures, and Veterans.

As to my own experience, we walked for hours, reading gravestones/signs, and listening to the Audio, learning about the enormous impact these people had on American and World society, the industrial revolution of days past, the life styles, the intrigues, and the ugly divorces. So many of these structures are awesome, for example, one stands out in particular, The Belmont Memorial Chapel was commissioned by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, and it exhibits the best of the Gilded Age craftsmanship. It is an exact replica of The Chapel of Saint Hubert at Chateau Amboise in France, which was designed by Leonardo DaVinci. Alva Vanderbilt Belmont was a major figure in the women's suffrage movement. After her death, Alva Belmont's coffin was carried into St. Hubert' Chapel at Woodlawn by the many women of that very same movement she had so strongly supported, also celebrating the history of women's progress toward equality.
Written October 28, 2013
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