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Lyndsey Anderson as Agnes Butterfield, all photos courtesy of Diana Mino Photography It’s not every day you’re asked to hold hands with strangers and jump over your own lifeline together—but that’s one of the early steps on a journey through the past, present, and afterlife that you’ll take during The Great American Casket Company, an immersive, site-specific play taking place throughout the month of June in Green-Wood Cemetery. “A cemetery is such a charged space,...
History nerds, rejoice: This Sunday, Revolutionary War re-enactors will descend upon Green-Wood Cemetery to commemorate the Battle of Brooklyn, fought on August 27th, 1776. It was the first battle of the American Revolution fought after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the largest battle in the war in terms of troop size. “Good God!” General George Washington cried as he watched his soldiers perish by the hundreds, from a spot now occupied by Trader Joe's. “What brave fellows...
Jeff Richman asked me to meet him at the Gothic arches—two impressive brownstone structures depicting biblical scenes that serve as the gateway to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and which look like they were plucked directly from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. By the arches, the din of the city streets fades into the chirping of birds, and even the air smells fresher. "It's a whole different world here," Richman explains proudly. Richman is the...
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland turns 150 this year. To celebrate, on weekend nights this month, Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery will transform into a "Dark Wonderland," turning its 438 acres of rolling hills, gravestones, and mausoleums into a theatrical backdrop for music, dance, and art performances, featuring characters as "mad" as those in Carroll's fantasy classic.  With 560,000 people interred since opening in 1838--including some New York legends, like Jean-Michel Basquiat, William "Boss" Tweed, and Wizard of Oz actor...

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