BURIAL RIGHTS

Without a specific devise in a will, burial rights in family lots pass from one generation to the next in accordance with the laws of New York State. If you are a direct descendent of a lot owner, you may have a right of burial in the lot. To file an affidavit of heirship, you will be asked to provide the names, addresses, marital statuses, and spouses (if married) of surviving heirs. Contact info@green-wood.com with the lot and section number in the subject line. You will be asked to provide this information for the form of affidavit to adjust title to the lot. The Cemetery will prepare the form of affidavit for your signature. Download this information sheet to learn more.

To find out the future capacity of a specific lot, your name must appear on our records as an owner. If your name appears on our records, please send an email message to info@green-wood.com requesting the report. Please include the lot and section number and the words “Future Capacity Report” in the subject line and include a daytime phone number and mailing address in the body of the message. There is a cost for this service; you will receive an estimate before the research begins.

For the use of single graves, you will be asked to present the original certificate of purchase (also known as the “deed”). Presentation of the deed is never required in connection with the use of private lots in Green-Wood, as the Cemetery is governed by records of ownership.

GENEALOGY

Start your search for individuals interred in Green-Wood by entering their name and/or date of interment. To request research from the genealogy department, please complete an inquiry form. You may also contact the department by emailing research@green-wood.com. Please note that our records are not available for research other than by staff.

HOURS

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Main Entrance (at 25th Street and 5th Avenue):

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 1 to March 31, every day

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1 to September 30, every day

Sunset Park Entrance (Fourth Avenue and 35th Street):

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day

Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place) and Prospect Park West Entrance (9th Avenue and 20th Street)

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., only on weekends and days of remembrance*

*Good Friday, Memorial Day, September 11, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, All Soul’s Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

MAINTENANCE

As part of New York City’s effort to reduce the mosquito population, the Department of Health has ordered all cemeteries to prohibit use of vases that can hold water between March 15th to October 31st. A fresh bouquet of flowers placed near the headstone is certainly an option.

Please email info@green-wood.com and include the name of the person interred within and/or the lot and grave number in the subject line or call (718) 768-7300 to inquire if plantings are permitted.

The Cemetery welcomes families to place fresh or artificial flower bouquets at grave sites. All other decorations are not permitted. Plantings are permitted at some locations. Consult your copy of the Cemetery’s Rules and Regulations, certificate of purchase, or deed.

Only lot and grave owners may authorize interments and memorialize those buried within. Contact a monument dealer of your choosing to start the memorialization process. The monument dealer will submit an application for a permit with the Cemetery to inscribe an existing headstone or install a marker.

If you notice that a headstone is listing, sinking, or off of its foundation, please call (718) 768-7300 to report this condition. Please provide the the name of a person interred within. Our staff will inspect the site and make any necessary repairs.

If the grave has been opened recently, it can take up to 18 months or more for grass to grow. The Cemetery will fill the grave with soil over time to correct the sunken condition. Please email info@green-wood.com and include the lot and grave number in the subject line or call (718) 768-7300 to report a sunken condition.

Perpetual Care is an endowment given to the Cemetery by a lot owner to care for a specific lot in accordance with the New York State Non-for-Profit Corporation Law. The interest generated from the endowment will be used to maintain the property. To request an estimate or to learn about an existing account, please contact the Executive Office at info@green-wood.com (write the lot, grave, and section in the subject line) or (718) 788-7850.

PETS

The remains of pets are are not permitted to be buried at this time. Check back for updates.

Pets are not permitted in the Cemetery. However, service animals are permitted.

PURCHASING CEMETERY PROPERTY

The Cemetery has right of first refusal and may offer to repurchase empty graves, lots, crypts, niches, and urns sites. Please call (718) 788-7850 for further information. Please have your lot number accessible.

You may review our price list online. Please note that all prices are subject to change without notice.

Please contact the accounting office by email at installments@green-wood.com. Please include your account number in the subject line and a daytime phone number in the body of the message. You may also call (718) 210-3034.

TOURS

The Green-Wood Historic Fund offers educational programs and tours for students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through college. Learn more here and please contact our Manager of Education Steve Estroff at (718) 210-3010 or SteveEstroff@green-wood.com to arrange your tour.

We require all non-Green-Wood tour guides to make arrangements with us prior to touring our 478 acres. We are an active Cemetery and do not want your tour conflicting with a burial service or a tour being planned by us. Please contact John Connolly at (718) 210-3073 or email jconnolly@green-wood.com in advance of planning your tour to learn more about availability and costs.

Public Programs: Please visit our calendar for a roster of public programs—including tours, performances, and events which often sell out. We advise you to purchase tickets online in advance for all events. You may also reserve your spot online for free events. For more information about public programs, please call (718) 210-3080 or email events@green-wood.com.

Private Tours: To arrange a private group tour led by one of our expert guides, please contact The Green-Wood Historic Fund during regular business hours at (718) 210-3080 or email events@green-wood.com. Please note that more lead time equals a better likelihood of retaining a guide and/or trolley for your preferred tour date.

VISITING

Bicycling and jogging are not allowed in the Cemetery. There are bicycle racks at all entrances.

Filming, videotaping and commercial photography is strictly prohibited without advance permission and requires written consent of The Green-Wood Cemetery. For more information, please call (718) 210-3057 or location@green-wood.com for permission.

There are many restaurants near the Cemetery—too many to mention here. It’s best to search Google for “restaurants near The Green-Wood Cemetery” for options.

Yes, there is free parking within the Cemetery.