Unlock the secrets hidden inside Green-Wood Cemetery

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An exciting array of historic walking tours and events make up Green-Wood Cemetery’s ongoing spring schedule. These outdoor activities are part of an ongoing series of cultural and educational events that highlight Green-Wood as an important visitor destination.

Established in 1838, Green-Wood Cemetery stretches over 478 acres and boasts extraordinary works of 19th century art and architecture. Home to hundreds of famous historic figures in New York City history, Historic Green-Wood Cemetery offers many tours of its facilities, concerts, and events to the public throughout the year.

Historic Fund trolley tours are $20 and Historic Fund walking tours are $10 per person, unless otherwise indicated. Tours last about 2? hours. In case of bad weather, walking tours are canceled; call 631-549-4891 if the weather is threatening. Trolley tours are rain or shine.

May 10, at 1 p.m. brings a Big Onion Walking Tour, with an introduction to the history, architecture, and people of Brooklyn’s treasure Green-Wood Cemetery. Stops include the graves of DeWitt Clinton, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Leonard Bernstein and John “The Soda Fountain King” Matthews. The cost is $15; $12 for seniors and $10 for full time students. Call 212-439-1090 for information.

May 11 at 1 p.m. spotlights Spring in Bloom-A Trolley Tour. Join Art Presson, superintendent of the grounds, and Jeff Richman, cemetery historian, for a drive past Green-Wood’s most spectacular gardens, blooms and landscapes. Call 718-768-7300 for reservations; space on the trolley is limited.

May 18 at 11 a.m. sheds light on Secrets and Symbolism. While it’s true that Green-Wood is packed with amazing history, world class landscaping and magnificent architecture, this tour’s aim is to introduce visitors to the rich and fascinating world of symbols found throughout the grounds. Learn the symbolic meaning of “upside torches,” “broken pillars” and “giant winged spheres” that adorn so many of the glorious pieces of 19th century outdoor art on display.

Steven Estroff, Green-Wood’s education & outreach coordinator, has spent countless hours wandering the grounds and will guide you through secret places and help you appreciate the “dream time” quality of Green-Wood. This tour is limited to 25 visitors and costs $10.Call 718-768-7300 for information.

May 24 at 1 p.m. come and be a part of Honoring Our War Veterans-A Trolley Tour. There is a veteran of virtually every war that this nation has fought interred at Green-Wood Cemetery. Participants will drive to some of the most interesting of those graves on Memorial Day weekend. This trolley tour is $20; call 718-768-7300 for reservations.

May 26 at 2 p.m. sees the returns of the 11th Annual Memorial Day Concert. This concert is sponsored by The Green-Wood Historic Fund and featuring the Inter School Orchestra of New York City. Join the thousands of people who have made it a tradition to attend this event each year. This event is free.

All walking tours meet at the main gates of Historic Green-Wood Cemetery, 25th Street at Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. For more, visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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