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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

Credit: Allison Meier

Don’t miss one of Green-Wood’s most popular events! Once again we’re opening many of our most famous and elaborate mausoleums for public perusal. This special look into Green-Wood’s distinct architecture includes the grand mausoleum of piano maker Henry Engelhard Steinway, the rather unusual tomb of the ultra-wealthy Stephen Whitney, as well as the thirty-room Catacombs. A new route will be offered each day, and guides and actors in period costume will offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who now rest in these opulent structures. Trolley will provide “Hop on, hop off” service between 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on both days.

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12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

Credit: Allison Meier

Don’t miss one of Green-Wood’s most popular events! Once again we’re opening many of our most famous and elaborate mausoleums for public perusal. This special look into Green-Wood’s distinct architecture includes the grand mausoleum of piano maker Henry Engelhard Steinway, the rather unusual tomb of the ultra-wealthy Stephen Whitney, as well as the thirty-room Catacombs. A new route will be offered each day, and guides and actors in period costume will offer a glimpse into the lives of the people who now rest in these opulent structures. Trolley will provide “Hop on, hop off” service between 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on both days.

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Fire and Firefighting in Downtown Brooklyn

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Fire and Firefighting in Downtown Brooklyn

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Fire and firefighting are among the great shapers of cities, and firehouses are some of New York City's most intriguing works of architecture. Architectural historian Francis Morrone will lead you through a tour of fire history - from the greatest firehouse in New York (plus other firehouses), to the scene of the infamous Brooklyn theater fire (commemorated at Green-Wood Cemetery), to the modern headquarters of the FDNY. Morrone was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. Please note this is a walking tour of firehouse exteriors and no firehouse interior will be toured.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Lost Amusement Parks of New York City

1 p.m. Lost Amusement Parks of New York City

Lost Amusement Parks

Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turn-of-the-century amusement in New York City, but many other parks vied for the chance to thrill the residents of the five boroughs. The wooden coasters of Fort George in Manhattan, the beer gardens and circus atmosphere at North Beach in Queens, and the blasting fireworks displays at Starlight Amusement Park in the Bronx were just a few of the venues that entertained millions each year. The second half of the century saw the disappearance of every one of these parks, culminating with the demise of Rockaways’ Playland in Queens and Freedomland in the Bronx, the largest amusement park in the world. Wes and Barbara Gottlock, authors of a book on the subject, will celebrate these entrepreneurial wonders and discuss the reasons for their declines, complete with wonderful and haunting images of heydays and destruction.

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(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

6 p.m. Curator’s Tour: Amusing The Masses on Coney Island and Beyond

6 p.m. Curator’s Tour: Amusing The Masses on Coney Island and Beyond

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Our spectacular new exhibition, "William F. Mangels: Amusing the Masses on Coney Island and Beyond," is now showing in Green-Wood's Historic Chapel. It celebrates William F. Mangels, who from 1900 to 1925 was the largest manufacturer of amusement park rides, carousels, and shooting galleries in America. Join Jeff Richman, Green-Wood historian and exhibition curator, for a behind-the-scenes look at how this exhibition evolved - the collectors, museums, artists, and archives that joined forces make this unique exhibition -- featuring an antique carousel horse, a one-ton shooting gallery, Whip cars, a Kiddie fire engine, Speed Boat, and Pony Cart, as well as video and slide shows- a reality. Preceding the curator's tour, Jeff will lead a Coney Island- themed trolley tour of Green-Wood, including a visit to the Mangels's family lot, Steeplechase's George Tilyou, Coney Island restauranteur and inventor of the hot dog Charles Feltman, and the "Czar of Coney Island," Boss John McKane.

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(Sold Out) 2 p.m. Victorian Fads Trolley Tour

(Sold Out) 2 p.m. Victorian Fads Trolley Tour

Victorian Fads

History is littered with random enthusiasms that sweep the culture, flare for a few months or years, and then recede into the ocean of our past. The idle rich of the Victorian Era were among the first to truly embrace the notion of pop culture faddishness, and Green-Wood is home to many of the key characters in these strange and fascinating trends. From arsenic complexion cream and electric corsets, to séances and spirit photography, the Victorians missed no opportunity to jump on the latest bandwagon of wacky and sometimes outrageously dangerous medical, fashionable and spiritual fads. On this tour, you will learn about such complex and compelling figures as Washington Irving Bishop, one of the great showmen and mentalists; Anne Leah Fox, the stage mother behind the most successful psychic hoax of the era; William Wilson, the proprietor of a company that purported to cure ailments with electric and magnetic corsets, and many more. You will also explore the curious lengths to which Victorian women went to achieve ultra-white skin, and the strange and dangerous obsession with green dye in the fashions of the day.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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(Sold Out) 1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

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Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring our 478 acres of beautiful fall foliage. Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead this favorite fall tour featuring tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and the utterly bizarre. Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz, George Washington’s favorite dentist, the founders of Spiritualism, and many more. You’ll even get to tour Green-Wood’s Catacombs, usually closed to the public.

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(Sold Out) 1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

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Get into the autumnal mood and enjoy a cool, crisp day exploring our 478 acres of beautiful fall foliage. Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman will lead this favorite fall tour featuring tales of murder, mayhem, spirits and the utterly bizarre. Visit the graves of The Wizard of Oz, George Washington’s favorite dentist, the founders of Spiritualism, and many more. You’ll even get to tour Green-Wood’s Catacombs, usually closed to the public.

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

(Sold Out) 1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

1 p.m. Historic Trolley Tour

Credit: Robert Denbo

Experience the most magnificent and historic 478 acres in New York City. Join our expert tour guides to hear fascinating stories of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, see breathtaking views of Manhattan, tread where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn, and much more. Each tour boasts great views, beautiful monuments throughout, rolling hills, century-old trees and stories of the fascinating persons interred at Green-Wood. Please note: all tours include a visit to Green-Wood's Historic Chapel and to Battle Hill.

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6:30 p.m. Meet the Firehouse Chefs!

6:30 p.m. Meet the Firehouse Chefs!

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We've all seen firemen in our local supermarkets pushing overloaded shopping carts to the checkout, but what happens when they get back to the station? Brooklyn Magazine food editor Sarah Zorn answers that question through a panel discussion with four local firehouse chefs. Joios.com kicks off the evening with complementary tastings of four-alarm cocktails! Part of a four-part thematic series on Brooklyn and fire, presenting with Green-Wood Cemetery.

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