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Death Café

Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street, Brooklyn

The Death Café is inspired by the centuries-old European salon (or café), an informal gathering to discuss philosophical, political or scientific ideas. In 2011, British entrepreneur Jon Underwood brought this concept to discussions of the most universal topic of all: death. Underwood’s intention was to provide an opportunity to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.” Today, there are over 4,400 Death Cafes in 26 countries around the world.

Valentine’s Day Bouquets

Valentine’s Day. We all know the drill: a box of chocolates, a goofy card, and a dozen red roses. Why not give that special someone in your life a personalized hand-crafted gift? Join Brooklyn-based expert florist Mindy Cardozo for an evening workshop to learn how to make a truly unique floral arrangement. Whether you’re super crafty or super klutzy, Mindy will guide you through the process and explain how to use a variety of seasonal flowers and plants to add your own distinct touches.

Black in Brooklyn

In honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood presents this celebration and recognition of the unique stories of black lives in Green-Wood. Although Brooklyn and New York City have long struggled with segregation and racism, they also have a history of diversity, progress, and activism. This trolley tour, led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists who fought for freedom in America.

(Sold Out) Dead Distillers Trolley Tour

Green-Wood is teaming up with our friends at Kings County Distillery to delve into the storied past of distilling in Brooklyn. The afternoon kicks off with a trolley tour of the cemetery’s “permanent residents” with whiskey connections, including the one and only casualty of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the late 1860s and early 1870s. Afterward, the trolley will head to Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where visitors will see first-hand how whiskey is made and enjoy a tasting of four delectable varieties.

Birding in Peace

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean that there aren't interesting birds to discover in Green-Wood. For some bird species that migrate south after the breeding season, Brooklyn is their Miami during the cold months. Spend the early morning exploring the cemetery, looking for overwintering waterfowl, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and any half-hardy birds that decided to stick around. By February we'll see some of the early north-bound birds beginning to trickle back into the area.

Black in Brooklyn

In honor of Black History Month, Green-Wood presents this celebration and recognition of the unique stories of black lives in Green-Wood. Although Brooklyn and New York City have long struggled with segregation and racism, they also have a history of diversity, progress, and activism. This trolley tour, led by Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, will examine the life and accomplishments of many prominent black New Yorkers, as well as several abolitionists who fought for freedom in America.

(Sold Out) Historic Trolley Tours

Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street, Brooklyn

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.

Birders: Tweet at Us

Calling all birders! Joseph Charap, Green-Wood's Director of Horticulture, leads a community forum to address the cemetery's commitment to birds, birders, and birding. He will discuss efforts that are currently underway to support wildlife habitats throughout Green-Wood's extensive landscape, as well as addressing feedback and suggestions from the birding community.

(Sold Out) Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death

Into the Night is a feature-length PBS documentary exploring diverse perspectives on death and dying. Through the lens of astrophysics, art, cryonics, near death experiences and green burials, nine unique individuals from all walks of life challenge us to rethink our place in the universe.  Each of them has been forever changed by encounters with mortality. Into the Night will be broadcast on PBS on March 28, 2018.

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Birding Basics

Birding is one of this country's fastest growing hobbies, and there is no place better to enjoy it in Brooklyn than at Green-Wood! This two-part course will teach the beginner birder the why, where, how, and what of birding. With over 250 species of birds residing in, or passing through, the Big Apple every year, learn where to look for, and how to identify, many of the species in this diverse group of animals. Our second session will end with a walk through the Cemetery, applying some of the lessons learned in the classroom.