See 13 spooky vintage photos of Green-Wood Cemetery (slide show)

If you've ever wanted to drink in a cemetery, now's your chance: Check out these images before a happy hour at Green-Wood tonight.

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Green-Wood Cemetery circa 1890

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Green-Wood Cemetery circa 1890

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Green-Wood Cemetery circa 1890

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Green-Wood Cemetery circa 1890

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Green-Wood Cemetery's Altar of Liberty circa 1920

  • Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

    Looking toward the cemetery's entrance, circa 1907

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Green-Wood Historic Fund

    Green-Wood Cemetery's main gate in the late 19th century

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Green-Wood Historic Fund

    Looking west down Battle Avenue at Green-Wood Cemetery, circa 1875

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Green-Wood Historic Fund

    Looking up Landscape Avenue toward the cemetery's main gate, circa 1900

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Green-Wood Historic Fund

    Visitors to the cemetery near Crescent Water

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Green-Wood Historic Fund

    View from the cemetery, looking west toward New York Harbor

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

    Birds-eye view of Green-Wood Cemetery, lithograph by John Bachmann, circa 1852

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York

    Map of Green-Wood Cemetery, engraving by James Smillie, circa 1846

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

Green-Wood Cemetery circa 1890

Call us creepy, but there's something kind of cool about wandering around a cemetery at twilight while sipping on a beer. If you have a similar gothic sensibility, then we have the event for you: Tonight, Green-Wood Cemetery hosts its Drinks to Die For happy hour, cohosted by the Brooklyn Historical Society and featuring Brooklyn Brewery beers. It's one of several events the space is hosting on the occasion of its 175th birthday.


And hey, we're not the only ones interested in creepier pursuits: Green-Wood opened in 1838, and within two decades, it was attracting up to 500,000 visitors per year. Okay, sure, it's unlikely that they were drawn by the promise of grave-spotting; before it became known for its famous, um, residents—among them Leonard Bernstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat—the cemetery was one of the city's premier green spaces, inspiring bucolic spots like Central and Prospect Park (both of which opened decades after Green-Wood).


If you want a glimpse of what Green-Wood looked like back then, scroll through the above slide show, with contributions from the archives of the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York and the cemetery itself. (The sepia-tinted photos look a little creepy themselves, no?) And if you want to learn more, check out MCNY's exhibit "A Beautiful Way to Go," open through October. And just repeat this mantra to yourself if you get a little spooked tonight: I ain't afraid of no ghosts.



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