Standing Up

I came across this carte de visite photograph a few weeks ago. The seller described it as an image of Rev. Dudley Atkins Tyng, who had been born in 1825 and died in 1858. So, I checked the cemetery’s database and discovered, as I had hoped, that the Reverend Tyng was in fact a permanent resident of Green-Wood.

Green-Wood Connections Everywhere!

Well, I really had no idea. I was off to see my friend somewhere in Manhattan. Had never visited him at his home before. Checked the address: 33 West 67th Street. Turns out it is The Atelier Building, built 1904-1905 as, according to the AIA Guide to New York City, as one of the first co-op buildings in NYC. Quite a remarkable place. What a building!

A Walk in the (National) Park

I just got back last week from my favorite place in the world: Acadia National Park up in Maine. For me, Acadia is an incomparable mix of climbable mountains, rocky coast, quiet carriage trails, scenic ponds, and lobster dinners. Well, there I was, enjoying a ranger-led walk in the woods, when we came across a … Read more

When The Stars Come Out

Richard Anthony Proctor (1837-1888), born in England, attended college, then became an accountant. However, he soon developed an interest in astronomy, reading, then writing, about it. He became a prominent astronomer, researching, writing and lecturing. Between 1873 and 1884 he toured Great Britain, its colonies, and the United States on lecture tours. In 1880, while on … Read more

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

One of the most rewarding aspects of our Civil War Project has been the information we have gotten from descendants of Civil War veterans who are interred at Green-Wood. Sometimes they contact us with bare bones information: my great grandfathers name is —- and he served in the Civil War. Can you help me find … Read more

Like A Bird On The Wire

Just last week, I heard from Jane, the second great-granddaughter of Leon Javelli (or Giavelli). Jane had done a great deal of research on him, and she generously shared that with me. It turns out that Leon is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery. And, just as good, he has a very interesting story. Javelli was born … Read more

A Highlander Of the Civil War

I have been a collector my whole life. I started with baseball cards, then moved on to stereoview photographs of New York City. In fact, that’s how I wound up at Green-Wood the first time. Like all collectors, I would sometimes go to a show and not find what I was looking for. It then … Read more

The Apolloni Of Your Eye

One of the best sculptures at Green-Wood Cemetery is the Valentine Angel by Adolfo Apolloni (1855-1933). I’ve taken many photographs of it, and it is still an honor to do so. It never fails to impress, front or back. I recently got an e-mail from Cara, one of our Historic Fund volunteers, who had just … Read more

Long May She Wave!

Just a few weeks ago I led a tour of Green-Wood Cemetery for the Woodhaven Historical Society. At one of the stops on the tour, a very nice woman asked me if I knew of a monument at Green-Wood that had a flag pole. I mentioned the monument to Samuel Chester Reid, War of 1812 … Read more

The Shrimp and Oil Festival Must Go On!

About fifteen years ago, I visited Louisiana with my family. I wanted to see a few special things down there: New Orleans streets, restaurants, and cemeteries, of course. I wanted to eat crayfish. And I wanted to visit Morgan City, Louisiana. Why Morgan City? Well, Morgan City is named for Charles Morgan, a shipping and … Read more