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    Our Visit to Green-Wood Cemetery

    Green-Wood Cemetery impresses the first-time visitors not only with its sheer size of 478 acres, (almost 20 times the size of our college campus!) but also with its spectacular ponds, paths, valleys, and gravestones of notable people who defined America. It was founded in 1838, as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, and labeled as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Wow! I wouldn’t have expected a cemetery to be granted such an honor.

    We walked up the stairs of the 9th Avenue Station and found ourselves at the heart of Sunset Park. As Katie was quick to point out, the cemetery lied to our east only about a few blocks away (or as it seemed). We walked towards the cemetery, marveling at its countless gravestones and monuments, only to find that its entrance was located somewhere else. The black fences enclosing the cemetery were high and extended endlessly to left and right. We walked on 37th Street towards 5th Avenue and turned right on 5th Ave. We had to walk a lot more under the blazing sun, but driven by the excitement of seeing the final resting places of famous New Yorkers like Leonard Bernstein, we kept ourselves walking. Other famous people include: Townsend Harris, who was the U.S. envoy to Japan, and the family of Theodore Roosevelt.

    Green-Wood was indeed a peaceful oasis in the heart of Brooklyn, as its nickname claims. The cemetery supposedly closes at 5 PM on weekdays, but its gate was still open at 5:20 PM when we arrived. We walked into the cemetery and saw this!


    What architecture!

    Some fifty or hundred years from now, residents of the neighborhood will probably see more Garcia’s, Hernandez’s, Li’s, and Wang’s engraved on gravestones. Is that interesting… or bewildering to picture? There will be monuments erected for some of the most influential Hispanic and Asian New Yorkers to come in the future…


    “Green-Wood.” Green-Wood Cemetery. Web. 1 May 2010. <http://www.green-wood.com/>.