Thursday, June 20, 2013

NYC Urban Sketching – Saturday June 22, 2013

Brooklyn’s Green Wood Cemetery –   

I’ll admit this might seem like a strange place for sketching, but when you read about it below I think you’ll agree this could be fantastic

     Green Wood a National Historic Landmark was the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in the USA in the 19th century.  In 2013 it’s ranked #2 of 98 attractions in Brooklyn by Trip Advisor.  It's celebrating its 175 anniversary.    

     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. Green Wood is filled with century-and-a-half-old trees providing 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 also a Revolutionary War historic site - the Battle of Long Island was fought in 1776 across what are now its grounds.       

     Founded in 1838 Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty.  By 1860, Green-Wood was rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction.  Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

By Subway:  Easily accessible by subway, the R train to Brooklyn’s, 25 St Station, walk up 1 block.  (see map)

By Car:  25 St & 5th Ave, Brooklyn - Free parking is available anywhere inside the High Gothic Victorian Main Gate  (which was created by the same people who created Trinity Church on Wall St)

  • We’ll meet at 10 AM. 
  • Call my cell phone 973-809-9128 if you can’t find us.

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