Photo, Gresham Lang, 2012
NEW YORK MARBLE CEMETERY
This small burial ground in Manhattan's East Village is sometimes called the Second Avenue Cemetery. It is the oldest public non-sectarian cemetery in New York City. Most of the 2,080 interments took place between 1830 and 1870; the last was in 1937. All burials are in 156 below-ground vaults made of solid white Tuckahoe marble. Although there are no gravestones, the names of the original owners are on plaques in the surrounding walls. Their descendants may still be buried here.
The Cemetery's landscaped grounds are available for rental for small private parties and as a location for filming and photo shoots. Contact the events coordinator for details.
The Cemetery is usually open to visitors on fourth Sundays, April through October, from 12 until 4, as well as several other weekends throughout the year. Check the schedule as the time approaches. Owners, neighbors, and researchers are all welcome. In the event of heavy rain, please plan on another time.
This is one of two unrelated Marble Cemeteries. The other is the New York City Marble Cemetery, around the corner. It has its own web site with separate contact information. Both are New York City Landmarks and on the National Register of Historic Places.Brian Blakely of Brooklyn, a descendant-owner, visited on May 6, 2012. Click here to enjoy his short video of the Cemetery on YouTube.
Credits: 2012 Landscape, Gresham Lang; Mary Saidler Swan, private collection; Benjamin Wright, private collection.
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