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Best Cemetery New York 2013 - Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery

500 25th St.

Brooklyn, NY 11232

718-768-7300

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This vast, gorgeous, 175-year-old national treasure (literally—it's a registered historic landmark) houses some of New York's most distinguished dead people. Boss Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Leonard Bernstein all found their final rest at Green-Wood Cemetery, along with a host of artists, musicians, old-time movie stars, authors, and veterans of wars both long-ago and recent. Although trolley tours are available, we prefer to plan our own route, taking in the gnarled trees and lovely marble grave markers. With hundreds of acres of open space, it's an especially gorgeous place to watch the seasons change. As a working cemetery, though, there are a few rules you have to follow during a visit: no jogging, no bike-riding, no pets, no food. Be quiet and mindful of any funerals taking place.

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