Green-Wood Cemetery was chartered by the State of New York on this date in 1838. The Greenwood Heights community should be thankful to be living so close to this National Historic Landmark and fantastic place to stroll, learn and relax (heck, all of Brooklyn should!). You can find out more info on their 175th on their website.
Post Xmas greetings. A quick note on where you can drop you tree once all the lights, ornaments and tinsel come down this year via the NYC Parks’ TreeCycle program. Two closest drop offs are at the Green-Wood Cemetery 5th Ave./25th St.) and Sunset Park (6th Ave./44th St.) from January 12 and 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (though you can drop off at Green-Wood all week long, to the inside left of their main entrance on 25th St./5th Ave. next to their mulch piles).
We thought it would be nice to show some pre-Sandy shots of Green-Wood considering all the post-Sandy destruction to our biggest neighbor. If you have your own photos, please e-mail them to us or post them to the official Green-Wood flickr group. Follow the jump to see the slideshow from flickr.
Seems most of the neighborhood went unscathed.
Flickering lights and a lot of debris, a few downed street trees, but other than a report the old White Eagle Tavern on 23rd St. and 5th Ave suffered damage (as much due to neglect that Sandy), seems Greenwood Heights is AOK. Can’t say the same of the perimeter of the cemetery, nor any of the Zone A sections of the City. We were lucky. If folks have photos to share, please post them here, on the Greenwood Heights flickr group or e-mail us. We’d love to hear some stories from the folks in the neighborhood and how you weathered the storms.
And stay safe with the clean up!
UPDATE: For those folks who thought there may have been a fire/arcing at the Greenwood Sub-Station at 23rd St and 5th Ave, it was most likely the. Con Ed gas turbine barges (about 8 turbines to a barge) on 27th Street below 3rd Avenue to the water.
For those in the community who made it to the event, we hope you enjoyed a beautiful day and a great commemoration at Green-Wood. This year was especially nest, as they had many more re-enactors than in years past, cavalry, cooking and sewing demonstrations, music…and of course, cannon! For those who did not make it, take a gander ant the slideshow below. Did you take photos? If so, please post a link!
Just got this e-mail via Green-Wood’s historian’s blog, and we are VERY upset to say the least. Who in their right mind (and that may be the point) would inflict such senseless damage to such a historical place…let alone desecrate graves like this.
Ken Taylor, Green-Wood’s long-time vice president for operations, estimates that the damage is “well in excess of $100,000.”
Hopefully the police are working in tandem with Green-Wood’s staff to hopefully find whomever (and I’d have to think it’s several people) did this terrible damage.
If you are able, please make a donation to their Historic Fund that will go directly to the restoration of these beautiful monuments. And obviously if anyone hears anything about this crime, call the 72nd Pct. (718.965.6311) immediately or Green-Wood (718.768.7300). And certainly post your thoughts here or on their blog. Just disgusting!
More updates when we have them. But do read the blog post!
NEWS REPORTS (we’ll add updated news as we hear about it): Continue reading
As part of the CCGH’s fwd of information about upcoming cultural events in our area, we’d be remiss to not post about Green-Wood’s Annual Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration. It’s a family-friendly day of re-enactors, parade, music and commemoration of the 236th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn on Green-Wood’s Battle Hill. And the best part…cannon fire!
For photos of the 2010 Commemoration (2011 was rained out), you can click here.
Ah, 23rd St. during the monsoon season, it sends me back to the good old days…of dry hot weather in late July. Oh, well. Please send us your photos!