The 478 acres that make up the famous Green-Wood Cemetery are not only some of the most interesting, historic and picturesque—they serve as the final resting place to some of the city’s best-known names. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Green-Wood Cemetery rests between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Kensington, Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace, just south of Brooklyn’s most beloved park, Prospect Park.
Plenty of noteworthy names were laid to rest in this iconic cemetery, including the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; the abolitionist Henry Ward-Beecher; and Susan McKinney Steward—one of the first black women to earn a medical degree in New York. Guided tours unlock the history of this famed place—and its people—and highlight some of the most impressive, ornate and well-decorated tomb stones and memorials on this vast burial ground. A visit to Green-Wood Cemetery is a must for any history-loving traveler and tourist looking to dig deep into New York’s past.
Green-Wood Cemetery is accessible using public transit. Take the R train to 25th Street Station and walk east one block to the 5th Avenue entrance of the cemetery. Hours change depending on time of year. Guided walking tours are available and admission is free.