History: Buried in New York -- Manhattan's Graveyards

Friday, Oct 28, 2022
From 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time


Contact: AARP NY

This event is full.

The boroughs of New York City have some of the oldest and largest – and most interesting -- cemeteries in the U.S. 

About the Event

How has one of the most developed tracts of land on Planet Earth managed to preserve so many final resting places? From the base of soaring skyscrapers to underground columbariums, Manhattan's collection of burial sites and symbolic monuments is well worth exploring, with the help of a few "clews." 

This presentation, a collaboration with the New York Adventure Club, will be a digital exploration of the graves, cemeteries, crypts, and memorials of Manhattan, many of which have honored the deceased for hundreds of years in the face of New York's runaway building spree. Led by licensed tour guide and authority on graveyards Dave Gardner, our exploration of Manhattan's final resting places will include:

  • An overview of the history of burials in New York County and why many were discontinued or relocated
  • A virtual journey to many burial sites throughout Manhattan, from its most southern tip to its most northern neighborhood of Inwood. Notable stops include the final resting places of several mayors, victims of the sinking of Titanic, veterans, a president, an art collector who took a former vice president as a husband, and even someone who is now a Broadway star despite being horizontal since 1804
  • A final note regarding spaces left for the future deceased 

The tour will conclude with Q&A with Dave — any and all questions about the burials of Manhattan are welcomed and encouraged! 

Please do not opt out of event-related emails, as you will be emailed a link to join the presentation via Zoom prior to the event.  

For more information, contact AARP New York at nyaarp@aarp.org.



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