No, really. Years ago, it was, for a time, the second most popular tourist attraction in the United States.
In Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, you are not that far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan but in many ways, it is a different world. Many tourists never venture from the canyons of midtown Manhattan. They should.
They should come to Brooklyn, once a major city itself.
In its midst, there is a green gem that must be experienced to get the true experience of New York City. Today, we visit the final home of many of its most famous residents.
There are two types of people - those who love to visit cemeteries when they are in a city, and those who are totally spooked by the thought.
I am one of the former, and today, I'd like to show you a National Historic Landmark in the heart of Brooklyn.
Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838. As its website explains:
"By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks."
Come enter its gates.
There are also, well, graves. Graves such as those of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
And composer (think "West Side Story" and a lot more) Leonard Bernstein.
Death, after all, is part of life. That's what we tell ourselves. But one day, we will all face it.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Lives.
"G" day on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.