Yesterday we took an amble around the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. A little nod to All Souls’ Day. A little opportunity to walk around someplace with colorful leaves and curvilinear paths. A little chance to think about the miraculous, complicated, joyous, and sorrowful moments one might experience in a lifetime.
Cemeteries might seem like an odd place to pass a fall morning, but I find them to be such peaceful and fascinating spots to explore. This particular cemetery—founded in 1838—happens to have once been one of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations. By the 1860s, the cemetery attracted more than 500,000 visitors a year and its popularity laid the groundwork for the creation of public greenspace like Central and Prospect Parks in New York City.
In case you’re in the neighborhood:
*We took the F train to 15th St/Prospect Park and used the Prospect Park West Entrance at 20th Street; open weekends only.