Guess What I Saw?
I have two editions of the 111 Places… guidebooks and wanted to check off some spots in the Brooklyn one and move closer to 20 out of 111 spots. One apparently ideal place was a mausoleum at Green-Wood Cemetery. Much like Central Park, Greenwood’s size makes exploring it all in one-day difficult. Several subway lines abut its many entrances, yet my visit back in the Fall was by the R subway stop. Cemeteries in general can be a morbid tourist attraction. Green-Wood’s website allows you to search for a certain person’s resting place.
However, the visitor’s map points out a unique feature about the cemetery: creating your visit, not just to visit gravesites of famous people like Leonard Bernstein or Laura Keene (The actress onstage at Ford’s Theatre when Lincoln got shot) but natures walks, monument sightings.
One of the first things I saw was a monument to the Battle of Brooklyn, which took place the American Revolutionary war. Bernstein was buried a few feet away; as a lover of his music, that brought a thrill of its own.
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