Green-Wood Cemetery Walking Tour
Taught by James Hoffman
James is just this guy, y'know? Humble, intelligent, charming. Eyes a color you don't know the name for. He'll take you for a bike ride with his company Albert and James in the morning, play a board game with you with his board game group Victory Pints in the evening and then prattle on about D&D and cocktails at night. Only in the morning will you realize that it was all a ploy and your jewels are no longer in the safe. Instead there's a note so beautifully written that the police officer who collects 'it' as evidence breaks downs in tears. You sob with him as the neighborhood wakes up around you.
With great views, amazing architecture, and deep links to the 19th century, visiting Green-Wood Cemetery is an amazing way to step back into the past. As the final resting place for many New Yorkers this two-hour tour runs the gamut from Coney Island showmen to famous politicians to eccentric poets to Bowery Boys gang leaders and more.
In addition to learning about some of the notable people interred there we’ll also visit the highest natural point of Brooklyn, learn how the cemetery became home to flocks of parrots, and talk about how the creation of the cemetery reflects the creation of metropolitan New York.
This walk meets at Green-Wood Cemetery main entrance, 500 25th Street in Brooklyn. We will meet near the arches at the top of the drive by the green bike racks. November 5 is the NYC marathon, so be sure to leave a little extra travel time!
A portion of the proceeds from the tour support Green-Wood Cemetery.