Walking the Dead: Historic Green-Wood Cemetery
We all love a good ghost story, founded in 1838 the Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery has many to tell. There is a deep romance to this solum place with rolling hills, ponds and paths contained within its 478 acres. Each time I find myself here I experience it differently, uncovering new mysteries.
Visiting in the Fall is an especially inspiring treat. There’s a crispness in the air and orange leaves burn against grey skies as you ponder your own mortality. These panoramas stands in contrast to an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.
Atop the western gate's central spire you will discover another one of the many oddities as the squawking of bright-green monk parrots can be heard overhead as you enter the cemetery grounds. Frequently you find artists sitting beneath a deciduous tree sketching the features of a stone grave marker or rendering the unique vistas. Couples stroll hand in hand wondering off the main path relishing in withdrawn refuge from the city.
Many occupants of note have found their final resting place here including Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who was only twenty-seven when he was laid to rest discreetly among the likes of composer Leonard Bernstein and the notorious William “Bill the Butcher” Poole.
Soundtrack: Gorecki: Symphony No. 3