With the New York Adventure Club:

Behind-the-Scenes @ Woodlawn Cemetery & Locked Gilded Age Family Mausoleums

Step inside some of the country’s most opulent family mausoleums that are rarely unlocked for the public, until now.

Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience at Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in New York City covering more than 400 acres and serving as the resting place for more than 300,000 people.

Sat. Oct. 21: 3pm-5pm

Woodlawn Conservancy

3800 Jerome Avenue

Bronx, NY 10467

Led by a cemetery docent, our unique experience will include:


  • The history and story of Woodlawn Cemetery, and how it became the favored cemetery of so many prominent NYC families from the late 1800s to early 1900s
  • An exploration of the cemetery’s grounds to see some of its most notable mausoleums, sculptures, and landscapes
  • Exclusive access inside some of its most impressive Gilded Age family mausoleums including Harkness, Harbeck, and Dunlop, which contain Tiffany glass, Italian marble, and even a dead parrot


Click here to see pictures from one of our last trips to Woodlawn Cemetery!

* Please bring a good pair of walking shoes since we’ll be on our feet for the entirety of the tour!




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From Thought Gallery NYC:
After the city’s Halloween festivities come to an end, New Yorkers will still be able to get a look at the city’s haunted histories at New York: City of the Dead on November 9, which offers an overview of the city’s cemeteries – including the secret ones hidden in some unlikely places.…

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Lower Manhattan is where the Dutch settled, George Washington was inaugurated, and Alexander Hamilton has his final resting place. Learn about the history of the area on a Lower Manhattan History Walk on October 21…  To learn about the area’s seedier underbelly, catch the history of crime in NYC on October 21. A separate walking tour on October 28 will put Wall Street and great financial crashes at the forefront.…

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The Cemetery will be open on Sunday, August 6th from noon to 6:00 pm.
Come and enjoy a lovely and rare afternoon inside the gates!

Welcome to the web site of The New York City Marble Cemetery.

You have most likely come here as part of genealogical research on your family and we are happy for you to visit. This site may well be of some help to you; we certainly hope so.

We also hope that you will be able to be of help to The New York City Marble Cemetery. The Board of Trustees is eager to update our files. If you are able to show a direct line of descent from any of the vault holders, you are entitled to participate in the management of the cemetery and, most particularly, the use of your family vault. Our annual meeting, open only to vault owners, is on the first Monday in May. Please contact the office for more details.

Whether you are interested in becoming more involved in the Cemetery or not, we would be very interested in any information you can offer about family members interred in the Cemetery and, if you desire, would be happy to post this information on our site.

The New York City Marble Cemetery is a small jewel of beauty and peace. Although we have a small endowment, it is not enough to maintain the cemetery as it could be or even should be. While the cemetery is generally closed to the public, entrance may be arranged by special appointment; a donation is requested for this service.

While there is no formal connection between the two cemeteries, you may also wish to visit the web site of the neighboring (and similarly named) New York Marble Cemetery.…

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As Close as It Gets to a 19th-Century Pleasure Garden
A sort of throwback 19th-century pleasure garden and theater is popping up at the site of William Niblo’s mausoleum. You’ll lounge out and picnic on the grass as fire-eaters, contortionists and harp players do their respective things all around you. After the show, you can wander around by candlelight. Then, and only then, will your night be complete.
Jul 16, 7-10pm, $32-$37, Green-Wood, entrance at 25th St and 5th Ave, Brooklyn, 718-210-3080



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The New York City Marble Cemetery’s Fall Open Weekend

Saturday and Sunday
October 17th and 18th
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fall Open Weekend — Open to the public, free admission 
Historical displays will be available for visitors to learn more of the history of the Cemetery and those interred here.
Part of openhousenewyork

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The following information comes courtesy of Boroughs of The Dead, concerning upcoming Autumn events in which they are involved:

Uncover the hidden symbolism behind 19th century Halloween customs


Join Boroughs of the Dead founder Andrea Janes as she presents an illustrated lecture at the Merchant’s House Museum. She’ll discuss how the quaint-seeming customs we often associate with Hallowe’en in 19th century America betray a primeval urge to indulge our wild, albeit hidden, natures. So unlace those corsets and buy your tickets here!


Ramble among graves in the city’s oldest rural cemetery


Among the nearly 600,000 graves in Green-Wood Cemetery one can find an almost unfathomable number of human stories… and because we’re Boroughs of the Dead, we’ve discovered those that deal with Murder and Mayhem, Scandal and Spiritualism. With a focus on the scandalous and lesser-known inhabitants of Green-Wood, on this tour you’ll see the final resting places of femmes fatales, revolutionaries, spiritualists, gangsters, artists and murderers. Click here to buy tickets.

Remember Edgar Allan Poe on the anniversary of his death


On October 7th, for ONE NIGHT ONLY, we bring back our annual Edgar Allan Poe memorial tour with The Fever Called Living: Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village. Step into the Greenwich Village of the 1840s, where Poe lived and worked at the height of his fame — before plunging irrevocably into the final, abysmal chapter of his short life. This is the city’s only walking tour endorsed by the curator of the Poe Cottage at Fordham, who declares there isno better way to mark the anniversary of Poe’s passingin New York City. PLUS! This year we’re giving away Blu-rays and movie tickets to new and classic Poe adaptations — stay tuned for more details! Click here to buy tickets.

Hear the ghost stories of Brooklyn Bridge


We’re teaming up with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30pm for a special one-hour highlights tour of Haunted Brooklyn Heights. This tour will provide a sampling of some of the ghastly and frightening tales nestled within Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhood. And full-length versions of our regular Haunted Brooklyn Heights tour will run throughout October. Click here to buy tickets.

Explore the city’s sacred open spaces at dusk


Join us for a twilight stroll with The Magic and Mysticism of Central Park as we explore the mystical and spiritual side of the Park. Discover the influence of Victorian-era spiritual revivalist movements on the landscape of the park, the secret and surprising story of the park’s 3,500-year-old Egyptian obelisk, the mythical imagery of the lakes, ponds, and gardens, and more, as you stroll through the darkening park on a dusky autumn night.

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Green-Wood “House” Tour

Sunday, October 4, 12:00 pm6:00 pm

Don’t miss one of Green-Wood’s most popular events! For one day only, we’re opening many of our most impressive and elaborate mausoleums for public perusal. Peek inside massive stone slabs and elaborate iron-wrought doors as you step inside stunning examples of Green-Wood’s distinct architecture. This self-guided tour will include the Egyptian Revival tomb of John Taylor Johnston, an early president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the ornamental Nichols mausoleum which served as a kind of hostel for Nichols friends and family; the imposing mausoleum of the Dewey’s, a family of early American settlers; and several more . At each stop, “house” docents will offer a glimpse into the lives of the personalities who now rest in these opulent structures. Bring your sneakers and walk the route, or use the Green-Wood trolley for “Hop on, hop off” service between each site. A handy map, provided at the main entrance, will show the locations of each open house.

$15 for members of Green-Wood and BHS/$20 for non-members.

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Murder & Mayhem Trolley Ride
November 14, 1 PM
Green-Wood Cemetery

The Halloween spirit has been in full effect since Labor Day, but this tour will make sure it stays strong ’til it’s almost turkey day. A mid-November trolley ride through massive Green-Wood Cemetery will allow you to explore the most haunted spots as you visit the final resting places of victims that died from the Brooklyn Theater fire, the Malbone Street train crash, the Morro Castle Disaster, and more.

$20│Get Tickets

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SEEKING PHOTOGRAPHER for the photograph section of our application for Staten Island/Fountain Cemetery’s nomination & consideration to the National Register of Historic Places. PLEASE if you can help, we would be grateful, contact sicemetery@gmail.com or call 917-545-3309. If interested we can send the requirements for your review. Thank you for your kind consideration. Lynn Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries Staten Island

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