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“Sad but beautiful occasion”
Review of Woodlawn Cemetery

Woodlawn Cemetery
Ranked #7 of 65 things to do in Bronx
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 16, 2012

I was here for my father's funeral, my first time ever in a NY cemetary, very sad occasion but this is truly a beautiful place, very serene, with beautiful trees, bldgs and chapels. Very park like setting.

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Reviewed February 24, 2012

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!

4  Thank Submariner42
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

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.

3  Thank JogNy
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

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!!!

1  Thank Corinne T
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

my boyfriend and i took a tour of this cemetery courtesy of the NY transit museum. first, we boarded a vintage train that we rode for 45 minutes before ending at the cemetery.

it's an interesting place to walk around and learn about all the different people that are buried here. for example, in one area, the former owner of ARMOUR hot dog is buried and his close acquantances and business colleagues are also buried near by.

if you're into history, it's definitely a great place to learn about the past. next time, we'd like to attend the woodlawn halloween night event. volunteers get dressed as the people buried there and reenact their various what nots.

if you're only visiting new york and time allows, definitely make the trip. if you live in new york, it's definitely a place worth seeing on a weekend.

1  Thank Louie M
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