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Green-Wood Cemetery

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500 25th Street Brooklyn, NY 11232 United States
718-210-3080

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7 p.m. Moonlight Walking Tour

Wednesday, September 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Armed with a flashlight and the full moon’s brilliance, fearless trekkers will explore intriguing tombstones and the haunting catacombs with Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman. Look out for the spirits of illustrious cemetery residents like Boss Tweed, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The skeptical can simply enjoy the frisson of nighttime skulking, accompanied by live accordion music.

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7:30 p.m. Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure

Friday, September 12, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Curated by The BEAT Festival, Crossing Over is a series of four site-specific dance performances in celebration of the now, using Green-Wood’s history and sense of place as their stunning backdrop. You will see these dramatic nighttime performances, all created by Brooklyn-based dance and movement artists, while weaving through Green-Wood on a tour, led by Atlas Obscura, highlighting monuments from New York’s remarkable performing arts and entertainment history, concluding within the cemetery’s hallowed catacombs.

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7:30 p.m. Crossing Over: A Performance Adventure

Saturday, September 13, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Curated by The BEAT Festival, Crossing Over is a series of four site-specific dance performances in celebration of the now, using Green-Wood’s history and sense of place as their stunning backdrop. You will see these dramatic nighttime performances, all created by Brooklyn-based dance and movement artists, while weaving through Green-Wood on a tour, led by Atlas Obscura, highlighting monuments from New York’s remarkable performing arts and entertainment history, concluding within the cemetery’s hallowed catacombs.

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1 p.m. Monumental Design: Lettering in Green-Wood

Sunday, September 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

One of the best places for a lettering tour is in a cemetery – each stone, mausoleum and monument presents its own language and design. Join Paul Shaw, lettering expert, for a look at the varied lettering and designs to be found among Green-Wood’s myriad tombs, mausoleums, monuments and more. Shaw will show how lettering styles and layouts have evolved, from the beginnings of the cemetery into the 20th century; and discuss the influences of printing, posters, pneumatic tools and materials. At the end of your visit, you’ll take home a unique stone rubbing made during the tour.

Paul Shaw is a calligrapher, author, designer and design historian. He teaches calligraphy and typography courses at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, and has led lettering tours across the country and globe.

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12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

Saturday, October 4, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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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1 p.m. Brooklyn Firehouses Walking Tour with Francis Morrone

Sunday, October 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Firehouses are some of the New York City’s most unique and intriguing works of architecture. Their distinctive and ornate style makes them immediately recognizable, yet each one enjoys its own eclectic design. Architectural historian and expert guide Francis Morrone will lead you through a rich variety of firehouse architecture – from pristine examples of Beaux Arts design to old firehouses that are now serving brand new uses. Plus, you will see the most modern FDNY building in Brooklyn, with a visit to see their brand new headquarters in downtown Brooklyn. Morrone was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Paul Shaw is a calligrapher, author, designer and design historian. He teaches calligraphy and typography courses at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, and has led lettering tours across the country and globe.

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12 p.m. Green-Wood House Tour

Sunday, October 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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

Saturday, October 11, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

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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1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

Saturday, October 25, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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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1 p.m. A Spirited Stroll Through Green-Wood

Sunday, October 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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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7 p.m. Twilight Tour and Catacomb Cocktails

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk – and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. So take a walk on the wild side during this special event that will lead you on a twilight tour of the expansive grounds. As the sun sets on 478 spectacular acres, you’ll weave through stunning landscapes and visit the graves of fascinating figures in New York and American culture.

After the walking tour, enjoy a drink amidst the art and greenery. The catacombs will be open for the reception, so you can wander by torchlight, sip your drink, and visit the opulent indoor resting places of Green-Wood.

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1 p.m. In the Shadow of the Mountain

Saturday, November 8, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Luigi Del Bianco was an Italian immigrant who spent much of his life carving headstones and monuments for cemeteries in the Port Chester, NY area. But this dapper, friendly man held another role, too – as the chief carver at Mount Rushmore, Del Bianco played a hugely significant role in bringing life to one of the most famous American monuments. And yet his contribution goes largely unsung to this day. Join Lou Del Bianco, Luigi’s grandson, for this talk on the fascinating history, artistry, and life of Luigi. Using original photos and personal correspondence between Luigi and Rushmore designer Gutzon Borglum, Lou will demonstrate just how instrumental Luigi’s involvement was in the iconic mountainside sculpture. After the talk, a trolley tour will visit stops in Green-Wood showing other Italian sculpture – including the Angel of Death, carved by Gutzon Borglum’s brother, Solon.

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1 p.m. Murder, Mayhem, and Disasters Trolley Tour

Saturday, November 15, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Serene, beautiful Green-Wood is the final resting place for many victims — and perpetrators — of violence. Join expert tour guide Ruth Edebohls to hear some of their fascinating stories. The Morro Castle disaster and possible murder of her captain, the sinking of the steamship Arctic, the Malbone Street train crash, a suicide on the grave of a beloved wife, the arsenic and clam chowder murder, Titanic survivors and the Brooklyn Theatre fire are just some of the tragic tales you’ll hear amidst a landscape of late fall beauty.

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1 p.m. After the Fire

Saturday, November 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Many people know the story of the Brooklyn Theater Fire – a conflagration that ripped through a packed theater in 1876 and left many hundreds dead in its wake. The loss of life was so great that a mass grave was donated in Green-Wood, and a monument erected at the site to commemorate the tragedy. The fire was national news and clearly shocked the boroughs, but what happened in Brooklyn after the fire? Tragedies like this inevitably affect the life, culture and policies of a city. At this talk and tour in Green-Wood’s historic chapel, historian Joshua Britton will examine tragedies like the Brooklyn Theater Fire and how their influence shaped the growing metropolis of Brooklyn. After the talk, a trolley tour will visit related sites in Green-Wood.

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