For years, the Green-Wood Cemetery had been eyeing the object of its affection, the Weir Greenhouse, directly across from its gates on Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park. When the cemetery’s president, Richard Moylan, finally proposed to buy the graceful greenhouse in July of 2011, he told The New York Times, it’s “something I’ve always wanted.” The Green-Wood historian, Jeff Richman, sounded similarly smitten, cheering the sale’s consummation on his blog, “It Is Ours!” Maybe, but a public celebration of this union has been a long time coming. More than six years after the sale, Weir Greenhouse—the only remaining commercial Victorian greenhouse in all of New York City—stands encased in 15-foot-high fencing and scaffolding. Its…
Hidden from view, Green-Wood Cemetery’s atmospheric catacombs are rarely open to the public. The vaulted space, originally created in the 19th century, happens to provide an ideal acoustic environment — a unique studio of stone — and a concert series is providing an unusual musical opportunity. … Read More >The post Enjoy a Concert in the 19th Century Catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
Today’s Brooklyn doesn’t look anything like it did during the American Revolution, where brownstones and a modern city now stand was once a battlefield. This August, festivities will once again take place commemorating the Battle of Brooklyn (also called the Battle of Long Island) and honoring Washington’s brave soldiers. Background of the… Read More >The post Commemorate the 241st Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn This August appeared first on Brownstoner.
No word if there will be any ghostly spirits around at tour time, but you’ll get a chance this summer to check out the stories and people behind Brooklyn’s pre-prohibition distilling industry at Green-Wood Cemetery. A partnership between Green-Wood Cemetery and Kings County Distillers has brought the “Dead Distillers Trolley Tour”… Read More >The post Check Out the Stories of Brooklyn’s Departed Distillers at Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
This Memorial Day, you can spend your Monday off at Green-Wood Cemetery with an afternoon of live music and tours of one of the country’s most picturesque cemeteries. On Monday, May 29, the ISO Symphonic Band, a group that sponsors talented young New York City musicians, will lead the show with… Read More >The post Catch Some Tunes at the 19th Annual Green-Wood Memorial Day Concert appeared first on Brownstoner.
It’s the biggest hit on Broadway right now, but you don’t have to leave Brooklyn to get a little taste of the world of ‘Hamilton.’ Although Alexander Hamilton is buried in Manhattan, Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting “Hamilton: The Trolley Tour,” which will visit the graves and explore the stories of many… Read More >The post Take a Dive Into the World of Hamilton at Green-Wood Cemetery appeared first on Brownstoner.
There’s a new safe space to explore questions and feelings about death in a cafe setting, and it’s at one of Brooklyn’s most famous locations. Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a monthly “Death Cafe” starting this January. The death cafe concept was created in 2011 by British entrepreneur Jon Underwood to “increase… Read More >The post Chat About Death Over Coffee and Snacks at Green-Wood Cemetery’s “Death Cafe” appeared first on Brownstoner.