Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Walking our way through historic Green-Wood Cemetery

Just in time for Halloween, on a glorious October Sunday, we walked our 5 miles on an AMC guided tour of Brooklyn's famed Green-Wood Cemetery. See detailed map and hours at their site. We hear everyone's dying to get in. A national treasure and landmark, Green-Wood's history began in 1838. Here lie many famous folks including Lewis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein, Lola Montez, mafia mogul Alfred Anastasia and Peter Cooper.

The first architectual wonders to greet us were these soaring gates.
Click this image to see the green parrots' nests:
A close-up of the gate's classical pediment.

Green-wood is often called a world-class outdoor museum. These bronze sculptures below are by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 19th century Beaux-Arts American sculptor, notable for his Civil War commissions.

A favorite motif of 19th century funerary art is the veiled urn.

It's truly a place of peace and beauty.

50s song link: Fanny, dead in her teens, is posed like Roman funerary art.

An obvious baseball fan.

The bear market?

One of two dogs buried at Green-wood.

Remembering the Civil War dead, like this canoneer...

...and this drummer boy, Brooklyn's first casualty in the war.

Minerva, the godess of peace, reigns over Brooklyn's highest point, the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, from which George Washington and his men made a nighttime escape across the Hudson River.

Minerva waves to another great lady, The Statue of Liberty seen in the distance.

The downtown Manhattan skyline.


... with one glance back.
Like cemetery visits? You ain't seen nothin' till you check out these folks... in the Cappucin Catacombs in Palermo, Sicily.