Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. 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.
Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, Green-Wood is a Revolutionary War historic site (the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what is now its grounds), a designated site on the Civil War Discovery Trail and a registered member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System.
On September 27, 2006, Green-Wood was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior, which recognized its national significance in art, architecture, landscaping and history.
After almost two centuries, Green-Wood is as beautiful as it was at its founding. But such historic beauty is fragile. Time and weather have taken their toll on marble sculpture, granite monuments, brownstone mausoleums, cast-iron signs and landscaped parkland.
Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.
Everybody loves a great story, and Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery has many of New York’s great stories to tell. Everyone who was anybody in 19th-century New York wanted to be buried there, and they were. As The New York Times succinctly put it it 1866, “It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.”
The famous and infamous have continued to come to Green-Wood for over a century and a half now, bringing their lively stories and dark secrets with them. Green-Wood has more than 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers, inventors, and Civil War generals and other veterans (with more being discovered regularly by our Civil War Project). Here are only a few profiles of Green-Wood’s innumerable famous residents.
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The fanfare has died since 1883 when fireworks marked the city's first—and at the time, the world's largest—suspension bridge. But the behemoth of steel, granite, and wood that finally united the cities of Brooklyn and Manhattan remains a majestic, oft-elegized symbol of New York City's spirit of enterprise. Its 13-year, $18 million construction was marked by political squabbles, engineering innovation, and over 20 deaths, including those of chief engineer John Augustus Roebling and later his son and successor Washington, who contracted decompression sickness while working in one of the dangerous underground cylinders used to build the bridge's foundation.
Today, the mile-long stroll across the Great East River Bridge is almost as exhilarating as it was for those first pedestrians who crossed the bridge having never walked above water before. Despite the cars speeding on either side several feet below, the central, elevated walkway’s communal atmosphere makes it feel like a genuine escape. (Walt Whitman declared it "the best, most effective medicine my soul has yet partaken.") Under the glow of lamplights, lovers snuggle on benches while watching a parade of cyclists, tourists, or families strolling under the web of suspension wires that rise to the 271-ft tall Gothic arches. — Daniel Maurer
Barclays Center is a showcase for the world’s most thrilling entertainment and sports events right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. The Barclays Center serves as the state-of-the-art home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena. Unparalleled sightlines for 17,732 welcome sports fans to the action and audiences of up to 19,000 can be accommodated for musical performances.
Only a few months into its inaugural year – begun with JAY Z’s eight consecutive sell-out shows and another two from Barbra Streisand – Barclays Center continues to roll out an upcoming schedule of big-name performers, highlighted by Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Beyonce, who are not only worthy of top billing on the arena oculus, but of the world’s foremost purveyors of cool in New York’s greatest borough.
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Grand Army Plaza is the main entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, and consists of concentric oval rings arranged as streets, with the outer ring being the namesake Plaza Street. The inner ring was originally intended to be a circle, but it actually was arranged as a main street – Flatbush Avenue – with eight radial roads connecting: Vanderbilt Avenue; Butler Place; Saint John’s Place (twice); Lincoln Place; Eastern Parkway; Prospect Park West; Union Street; and Berkeley Place. As completed, the only streets that penetrate to the inner ring are Flatbush Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Prospect Park West, Eastern Parkway, and Union Street.
The plaza includes the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, Bailey Fountain, the John F. Kennedy Monument, statues of Civil War generals Gouverneur K. Warren and Henry Warner Slocum, busts of notable Brooklyn citizens Alexander J.C. Skene and Henry W. Maxwell, and two 12-sided gazebos with "granite Tuscan columns, Guastavino vaulting, and bronze finials".
BLDG 92 showcases the history and innovation of The Brooklyn Navy Yard - from the Revolutionary War to the revolution in jobs and industry happening in New York City right now. Located in a former military residence on the grounds of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this small museum chronicles the mighty history of the former shipbuilding center—which, at its peak during World War II, employed close to 70,000 people. Permanent exhibits examine the yard’s origins and significance throughout history; for example, a number of massive vessels, including the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and the Pearl Harbor casualty USS Arizona, were built at the Navy Yard.
The institution also looks to the manufacturing future of the space and increasing number of businesses moving in each year businesses (including Brooklyn Grange, which operates an apiary on site). The location includes a café, weekend bus tours ($18–$30) and an 8,000-square-foot exhibition space that features the permanent “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” exhibit, as well as rotating offerings. A free weekend shuttle departs from Jay St at Willoughby St every 15–20 minutes.
Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.
Coney Island is well known as the site of amusement parks and a seaside resort. The attractions reached their peak during the first half of the 20th century, declining in popularity after World War II and years of neglect. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of MCU Park and has become home to the minor league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The residential neighborhood of the same name is a community of 60,000 people in the western part of the peninsula, with Sea Gate to its west, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east, and Gravesend to the north.
Prospect Park is a 585-acre public park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn located between Park Slope, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.
The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan's Central Park. Attractions include the Long Meadow, a 90-acre meadow, the Picnic House, which houses offices and a hall that can accommodate parties with up to 175 guests; Litchfield Villa, the pre-existing home of Edwin Clark Litchfield, an early developer of the neighborhood and a former owner of a southern section of the Park;
Prospect Park Zoo; a large nature conservancy managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society; The Boathouse, housing a visitors center and the first urban Audubon Center; Brooklyn's only lake, covering 60 acres; the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in the summertime. The park also has sports facilities including seven baseball fields in the Long Meadow, and the Prospect Park Tennis Center, basketball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields, and the New York Pétanque Club in the Parade Ground. There is also a private Society of Friends cemetery on Quaker Hill near the ball fields, where actor Montgomery Clift is interred.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden began as a 39-acre plot donated by the New York State legislature in 1897. Since then, it's grown to 52 acres of immaculate landscaping ripe with color; bluebells and daffodils carpet the hills and wooded areas, and in the Cranford Rose Garden (with more than 5,000 plants and 1,400 varieties), roses of every shape and size, in mauve, scarlet, or apricot hues, twist around latticework and creep across fifteen rectangular beds. The most dramatic display is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, an idyllic, contemplative setting with the lake at its center and architectural element—rocks, bridges, and lanterns—throughout.
Visitors can sniff out aromatic flowers and plants with scented leaves in the Fragrance Garden, admire bonsai trees in the Steinhardt Conservatory, or search the landscaped Herb Garden for medicinal and flavored herbs. Evolutionists-in-training can track the history of Plantae in the Plant Family Collection, which are organized according to when they appeared on Earth. (Ferns were first.) No matter what time of year, there's always something in bloom: lotus plants in August, beautyberries in November, flowering Oriental Cherry trees in spring — Diane Mehta
A whopping 560,000 square feet, the city's second-largest museum contains a world-class collection of roughly 1.5 million works covering a wide cultural swath and virtually every period in art history. Its commanding Beaux-Arts structure, designed by McKim, Mead and White, was set to become the largest art institution in the world, back in 1895. (The plans were dashed when Brooklyn became just another borough two years later and the funding headed north to the Met.) After decades of lagging maintenance, the museum revived itself in the last two decades of the twentieth century via massive renovations designed to reposition its famed holdings of ancient Egyptian antiquities and century-spanning American Art. The Egypt Reborn installation traces over 3,000 years worth of artifacts (among them, the prized Bird Lady figurine and the Cartonnage of Nespanetjerenpere).
A series of eight thematic galleries take a fresh look at American painting dating to Colonial times. Also reinstalled—and pulling many objects out of storage in the process—were the Arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia (with Japan particularly well represented). Many other departments read like a litany of artistic greats: three centuries' worth of watercolors by the likes of Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko, and Norman Rockwell; major works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissaro; early modernist art by Max Weber and Georgia O'Keeffe. In almost a century, the museum's most dramatic physical change is a glass entryway with a tiered roof that echoes the original grand stairway that was dismantled as a safety hazard. — Simon Spelling