Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents

Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents

by Doug Keister


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With Stories in Stone New York, the author presents cemetery buffs with stunning photographs, fascinating text, and easy GPS directions for locating gracious architecture, fabulous artwork, and memorable gravesites of famous and not-so-famous area “residents” residing peacefully in its beautiful cemeteries. Includes The Big Four, Manhattan Churchyards & Resting Places, Eternal Excursions in well-known boroughs, as well as Humane Remains at the pet cemetery in Hartsdale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423621027
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Douglas Keister’s critically acclaimed books on cemeteries are standard references for cemetery lovers and genealogists, and have been the subject of numerous magazine, newspaper, Internet articles, and television interviews, including CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Chico, California.

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In the nineteenth century, large cemeteries were major tourist and recreation destinations. Until the establishment of public parks such as Central Park in Manhattan in 1848, there was little public open space. This was particularly true in large cities. Soon after Green-Wood Cemetery was established in Brooklyn in 1838, the public flocked there in droves. In fact, the public’s appreciation of this green oasis was so great that cries soon went out for the establishment of something similar in Manhattan. Thus the seeds of Central Park were sewn.

Table of Contents

About New York 5

Architecture—Going Out in Style 7

Cemeteries 18

The Big Four

The Green-Wood Cemetery 21

The Woodlawn Cemetery 51

Kensico Cemetery 87

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery 103

Manhattan Resting Places

The Holy Trinitys 127

St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery 135

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Crypts 139

Grant’s Tomb 141

Eternal Excursions

Calvary Cemetery 147

Cypress Hills Cemetery 151

Ferncliff Cemetery 157

Gate of Heaven Cemetery 171

Moravian Cemetery 177

St. Raymond’s Old & New Cemeteries 181

Humane Remains

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery 189

Cemetery Symbolism 199

Secret Societies, Clubs, and Organizations 217

Stories in Stone 231

Index 252

Acknowledgments and References 256

Gazetteer INSERT

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