Pretty Big

Green-Wood has a population of about 560,000 souls. So, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at comparable city populations. According to the 2010 census, Green-Wood’s population is larger than that of any of these cities: Albuquerque, Tucson, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Mesa, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Raleigh, Miami, Clevelant, … Read more

Paul Auster Reading At Green-Wood

On Saturday, we were honored to have novelist Paul Auster in our Historic Chapel, reading from his Sunset Park (which just came out in paperback). It was quite a crowd–a full house in our Historic Chapel of well over 100 people. Auster is a big Green-Wood fan. Not surprisingly for a book with that title, … Read more

As Fall Fades . . .

Art Presson, Green-Wood’s superintendent of the grounds, shares his thoughts on fall’s retreat: It’s almost over, but the maples lining Vine Avenue, south of Fir Avenue are on fire- red. Also one of the last gasps, which is a thrill, are the ginkgo biloba. They will be at peak of yellow tomorrow. Then soon, within … Read more

Odds And Ends From Green-Wood’s Grounds

It is truly remarkable: year after year, the grounds at Green-Wood get better and better. It might be a new garden, tree plantings, a monument restored, a path repaved, a tree trimmed. When I went out last week to get some fall foliage photographs, I found a few great new touches. In the public lot … Read more

Tiffany Studios’ Work at Green-Wood

Green-Wood Historic volunteers have been attending research sessions on Saturdays for years now. These sessions, held about once a month, began as searches of cemetery records for hints that might lead to the identification of Civil War veterans. About a year ago, they morphed, under the supervision of Brooklyn College’s Professor Tony Cucchiara, into archival … Read more

On The Prowl . . . At Green-Wood

Simeon Bankoff, executive director of the Historic Districts Council and a leading preservationist, was interviewed recently for the “Sunday Routine” feature in The New York Times. He discusses his favorite things, one of which is Green-Wood: ON THE PROWL I’ll take a walk around the neighborhood or visit Green-Wood Cemetery. I bought a burial plot … Read more

Fall Foliage

It is one of my favorite Green-Wood things: taking fall foliage photographs. The light is great, the colors are intense, the monuments create a great atmosphere. So, last week I had my chance, and here are some of the results. If you have some free time in the next few days, get out on Green-Wood’s … Read more

“New York’s A-List Graveyard”

Halloween and a great cemetery–that combination always piques the interest of the media. So, a few weeks ago, reporter Sarah Horne and a photographer (whose name I didn’t get) from the New York Post came out to explore Green-Wood. I showed them around and they were very impressed by the place and its many great … Read more