“Off Limits”

Friday was a very interesting day. I had been contacted several weeks ago by a production company interested in shooting a piece about Green-Wood for an upcoming Travel Channel show. I had not heard of the show, but it sounded interesting. Friday was the date for the shoot. I must admit, I really hadn’t done … Read more

The Union Forever!

One hundred and fifty years ago, in April, 1861, war fever was sweeping New York City. In the wake of the bombardment of the Union garrison at Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, Major Robert Anderson and his men were transported by ship to New York City. They arrive to a hero’s reception on … Read more

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Begins Today

One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., secessionist batteries surrounding Fort Sumter began their artillery bombardment of Union forces. The Civil War had begun. Present inside Fort Sumter that morning was Patrick Murphy (1833-1903), a musician of the 1st United States Artillery. Born in Roscommon, Ireland, Murphy immigrated to … Read more

Here Comes Spring!

Today dawns cloudy, with a mist. Weatherman says we are finally in for a spring-like day. So, ever the optimist, Here Comes Spring! To get you in the spirit, here are a few of my photographs from last May. And here are two from our roving photographer, Jake Bernstein. Thanks, Jake, for allowing me to … Read more

Trolley Tour Descriptions

NOTE: All tours visit Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel and Battle Hill, the site of George Washington’s 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. Tours are conducted on the Green-Wood trolley, but do entail some walking and stair-climbing. Discover Green-Wood: You will also visit De Witt Clinton, Leonard Bernstein, Elias Howe, who patented the sewing machine and whose dog Fannie … Read more

Master Carvers: Casoni & Isola

On a fine early spring day recently, I went for a stroll around Green-Wood. Now, one of the virtues of such a wander is that, even after years of exploring, there is always something to discover, something you’ve never noticed before. So, as I walked past this monument, I stopped to take a closer look. … Read more