Stewardship and pruning hugely reduce a tree’s vulnerability to common urban threats such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic, drought and storms. In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a great asset to our urban environment.
A gravestone marks the burial place of the deceased, but what about those who have lain anonymously for a century or more? For many reasons, a final resting place may be unmarked, leaving no physical indication of the burial. That’s why Green-Wood launched the Unmarked Graves Project in 2015. Join Green-Wood’s historian Jeff Richman for this first-ever visit to the recently marked graves of Currier and Ives’s leading artist Fanny Palmer; popular Civil War-era illustrators Edwin Forbes and Thure de Thulstrup; poet James Kirke Paulding, who wrote the popular “Peter Piper” tongue-twister, and more.
There are few places more atmospheric than a cemetery at dusk - and Green-Wood is top notch when it comes to beauty and atmosphere. 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 history. This not-to-be-missed walking tour ends with a visit to the Catacombs, which are normally closed to the public.
How do we navigate a loss? How do we share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of grieving? Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, co-founders of the website Modern Loss, talk candidly about thriving in the face of grief, loss, and how to connect with other people who just "get" it. And absolutely no judgment, tips to help you "get over it", or the phrase "Everything happens for a reason." Join Green-Wood and Because Jewish for a conversation with Rebecca and Gabrielle about their new book, Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome, which explores empathy, resilience and the power of sharing our stories.
Join other fearless trekkers to explore Green-Wood’s intriguing tombstones and unforgettable catacombs under the glow of the full moon. Historian Jeff Richman leads these immensely popular walking tours, which begin at sunset and are accompanied by the ethereal and atmospheric sounds of live accordion music. Buy your tickets soon; these tours always sell out.
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.
There is a secret language at Green-Wood that’s etched upon the monuments: cemetery symbology. Learn the meaning of the inverted torch, bales of wheat, and an hourglass with wins, along with those that are a bit more difficult to decipher. This eye-opening walking tour will showcase the meaning of these eternal, but sometimes cryptic, images.
Green-Wood’s public programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.