Best cemeteries

Green-Wood Cemetery
There’s no better place in the five boroughs to get your morbid on: This 478-acre cemetery is the permanent residence of more than 600,000 deadbeats, including mobsters, newspaper moguls, actors and generals. 500 25th St at Fifth Ave, Sunset Park, Brooklyn (718-768-7300)

Woodlawn Cemetery
Clocking in at 400 acres, this pastoral Bronx cemetery dates back to 1863 and is home to some of jazz’s greatest players (Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, etc.)—not to mention a few bone-chilling memorial sculptures. 501 E 233rd St at Webster Ave, Bronx (718-920-0500)

St. Mark’s Church
Located smack in the East Village, St. Mark’s is the city’s oldest site of continuous worship. Peter Stuyvesant is buried here, and his ghost is rumored to roam the churchyard. 232 E 11th St at Second Ave (212-228-2781)

New York Marble Cemetery
Sometimes called the Second Avenue Cemetery, this swatch of land is the oldest public nonsectarian graveyard in NYC. But wait, where are the graves? Most folks interred here met their fate between 1830 and 1870, when city officials believed corpses caused yellow-fever outbreaks. Accordingly, the dead were loaded into underground vaults made of Tuckahoe marble, and their names were denoted on plaques that line the cemetery walls. 41 Second Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts (marblecemetery.org)

The New York City Marble Cemetery
Yep, another one—and it’s right around the corner. This teensy oasis, founded in 1831, is nonsectarian and dedicated to family vaults. Its eternal guests include a Revolutionary War hero, former mayors and Roosevelts, and it briefly served as the home to the remains of U.S. President James Monroe. 52--74 E 2nd St between First and Second Aves (212-228-6401)

Cemeteries of Congregation Shearith Israel—the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue
Shearith Israel’s cemetery was forced into splitsville after the adoption of the grid system; all that remains now is a triangular plot of land at 11th Street with about 20 headstones, and 150 more uptown at 21st Street. 76 W 11th St between Broadway and University Pl; 98 W 21st St at Sixth Ave (212-873-0300)

The Evergreens Cemetery
Codesigned by Calvert Vaux, this graveyard is tops with its rolling hills, landmark memorials, and killer views of both the Manhattan skyline and the Atlantic Ocean. 1629 Bushwick Ave at Conway St, Brooklyn (718-455-5300)

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery
Let’s have a moment of silence for friends that never talk back. The first of its kind in the U.S., this veterinarian-founded cemetery is the permanent resting place of more than 70,000 dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and—uh—lion cubs. 75 N Central Park Ave, Hartsdale, NY (914-949-2583)

City Cemetery at Hart Island
Although it’s not open to the public, Potter’s Field is a household name—thanks in great part to its 800,000 unmarked graves and burials conducted by Rikers Island inmates. If that doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies, this should: The mass trenches are stacked with the coffins of stillborns, infants, amputated limbs and unidentified bodies. Hart Island, Bronx (hartisland.net)

The Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Trinity Churchyard and St. Paul’s Churchyard
This trifecta of tranquility includes a handful of historic tombstones at St. Paul’s, the remains of Alexander Hamilton and William Bradford at Trinity Churchyard, and thousands more at the gloriously handsome Trinity Church Cemetery and mausoleum overlooking the Hudson River. The latter is the only active cemetery in Manhattan. The Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum: 770 Riverside Dr off W 155th St. Trinity Churchyard: 74 Trinity Pl at Wall St and Broadway. St. Paul’s Chapel: Church St between Fulton and Vesey Sts (212-602-0800, trinitywallstreet.org)

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