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Book Review: Green-Wood Cemetery
By Staff Writer   - 02/01/2009

TPC Matters

We all come to an end and Green-Wood Cemetery, on 25th Street in Brooklyn, seems to me a fine resting place for our mortal remains.

A new book of local interest by Alexandra Mosca, published by Arcadia, presents the history of Green-Wood with photos and postcards.

An edited Barnes & Noble synopsis follows:

For generations, Green-Wood Cemetery has played an integral part in New York City's cultural history, serving as a gathering place and a cultural repository.

Situated in the borough of Brooklyn, the thousands of graves and mausoleums within the cemetery's 478 acres are tangible links and reminders to key events and people who made New York City and America what it is today.

The monuments read like a who's who of American greatness and include the names of Leonard Bernstein, F. A. O. Schwarz, Charles L. Tiffany, Samuel Morse, among others.

A national historic landmark since 2006, Green-Wood is considered one of the preeminent cemeteries in the country. A century ago it was a social venue for picnics, outings, and political events, and today remains one of the city's largest open green spaces.

Through vintage photographs and postcards, Ms. Mosca has chronicled the cemetery's rich history and documents how its tradition as a park and a popular tourist attraction continues, drawing 300,000 visitors annually.




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