Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum

Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum, New York City

Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum

Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum
4.5
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Washington Heights
How to get there
  • Wall St • 1 min walk
  • Rector St • 2 min walk
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8,243 within 3 miles
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1,484 within 6 miles
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4.5
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
Solo
Walking through Wall Street, I was surprised to discover a beautiful church and cemetery! Trinity church cemetery is a wonderful oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle. A non-denominational cemetery, it is listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places and is the only remaining active cemetery in Manhattan. Highly recommend!
Written April 8, 2019
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Coltcritic
73 contributions
Nestled next to a lovely church is this charming cemetery that now sees quite a few visitors due to the success of the Hamilton Broadway show. As a fan of the show and history in general there was a satisfying amount of enjoyment to be had from seeing these important historical figures memorialized here, with Hamilton himself holding sentimental value due to his burial right next to the financial structures he helped to construct. Most of the important figures here relate to Hamilton and his story in some way so I do wonder how important this would be for the average tourist but Hamilton was a key figure in the American Revolution so for a quick stop amongst quite a few other tourist spots, it should be an easy choice to come.
Written August 7, 2019
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Craig H
Ajax, Canada85 contributions
Couples
Our first time in NY and never heard about the church or its history before, and its these types of places that make NY so precious. We were simply meandering our way from Battery Park when we found this significant piece of history. So much of lower Manhattan seems to be sacred and protected public spaces and I was literally astonished to stumble upon this treasure. There are many famous people resting here, but finding Alexander Hamilton made my day. Church itself was under major renovations when we visited, and sorry I didnt look to see when it will reopen, but just walking the grounds and cemeteries was wonderful.
Written May 9, 2019
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ssearing
London, UK52 contributions
Couples
The church itself was closed for renovation, but we were able to go into the graveyard and see Alexander Hamilton’s grave.
Written January 4, 2019
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,123 contributions
Solo
It’s simple: they all sleep the Big Sleep in the same place: Manhattan’s Uptown Trinity Cemetery.
By the late1830’s Trinity Church in downtown was running out of space in its cemetery. On top of that, there were massive rumors that their shallow grave burials were the reason for diseases running rampant in the City. Never mind that the actual reason was the mosquitoes pollution and a contaminated water source near Park Row. To alleviate the problem, Trinity purchased a large track of land west of Broadway and North of 155th St. The 1811 Commission which established NYC’s GRID (Avenues North-South and Streets East-West divided by 5th Ave) stopped at 155th Street: it was everybody’s opinion at the time that it would take centuries to build that far. In actuality, it only took 65 years!
James Renwick Jr., the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was picked to design Trinity’s new Cemetery and he made it of two parts: East and West, divided by Broadway. Plots in the Western part were much more expensive, because they had the best views of Hudson. Since prior to parks, cemeteries were routinely used as “outdoor space” for the family to enjoy nature and views, it was important that they could visit a dear departed and enjoy the views at the same time…Not to mention the fact that the residents needed good views, too!
Trinity Cemetery is still active and non-denominational. The views are gorgeous and you can spend days reading the stories, thinking of the people behind them and admiring the symbolism and iconography of the tombs. . Pick a map in the office but keep in mind it’s not very precise.
I was greatly surprised by the simplicity of the Astor vault. John Jacob Astor, who made his fortune in fur trade, then in real estate and who, asked on his dying bed if regretted anything said, “I wish I had bought more land”, actually owned a huge chunk on the Island of Manhattan as well as in several other places. His is a modest white obelisk with one word: ASTOR.
Audubon lies in the Eastern part (his estate was adjacent to the Cemetery, he bought the land at the time when the Church did theirs). Whoever designed his obelisk, must have had a grim sense of humor: of all the birds Audubon painted (“Birds of America” made him a great deal of money so he could afford a large parcel of land by the Hudson), they picked a vulture to be closest to his portrait… Audubon was an avid hunter: he would shoot the bird, pin it carefully, so he can paint it, then cook and eat it, practicing an early form of recycling, I guess.
Madame Jumel, the daughter of a prostitute and herself not far from that profession, only on a higher scale, married more than once, her last one being the murderer of Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr. She traveled to France and back and turned so many tricks that eventually she died the richest woman in America at 90. Her tomb is hidden behind a rotten iron gate, they say it was broken into years ago…The Morris-Jumel mansion which was General Washington’s headquarters during the War is not far from here, you might find it interesting to learn more about Madame Jumel. And how she had a boy tall and handsome, just like the general...
Mayor Koch had picked his plot (in the Eastern part) and had even designed his own stone in advance: it states something to the effect that he was of the Jewish faith but he loved all the people of New York…
When you come out of the Cemetery, you might wish to take a look at Audubon Terrace (it’s on the Western side of Broadway). If it’s Sunday, you can visit the Hispanic Society of America (separate review). To get uptown, take the M3 us and get off at 155th St. The entrance to the Cemetery is from 155th West or East of Broadway, depending on which part you want to explore.
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Written October 29, 2014
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Finrep001
New York City, NY86 contributions
It is clear from the reviews that people are confusing this place at 770 Riverside Dr, Harlem, with the enty for Trinity Church on Broadway and Wall Street.
Written September 19, 2020
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amethystloucks
Newark, NJ132 contributions
My friends and I went here and it was a neat experience. Alexander Hamilton and Eliza were burried here which I didn't know until I got there, so neat surprise with that.
Written October 5, 2019
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GrandJourneys
Saratoga Springs, NY161 contributions
Friends
Trinity Church may be closed for renovations at the moment, but the cemetery offers a lovely place to pause and reflect. Well worth the visit.
Written January 9, 2019
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,955 contributions
Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum is in the north of Manhattan Island. It should not be confused with Trinity Church in the financial district, in the south. Trinity Church is worth visiting, if just to see the tomb of Ed Koch, former mayor of New York, who strangely enough for a Jew is interred in a Christian cemetery. It's said that he didn't want to leaved New York, even when he was dead.
Written July 16, 2016
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,955 contributions
Solo
Mayor Ed Koch didn't want to leave New York even in death, so he bought a plot in Trinity Churchyard and Mausoleum in upper Manhattan. He didn't disguise the fact that he was Jewish, even if the Trinity Churchyard is Episcopalian. Koch monument declares "My father is Jewish, my Mother is Jewish, I am Jewish. Trinity Churchyard and Mausoleum has many famous Americans interred there, You can easily spend an hour or two searching for famous names. Ed Koch got his wish -- he didn't leave Manhattan, even in death. As for being buried in NewJersey? Forget about it!.
Written February 21, 2016
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