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Here’s how you can get into an amazing hidden cemetery in the East Village

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Andrew Frisicano

New York Marble Cemetery, a stately manicured lawn with a bunch of dead bodies under it, is one of those New York City places you can walk by for years and never really know what's up. First there's the location: It's situated at the end of a narrow alleyway on Second Ave between 2nd and 3rd Streets, basically hidden from street view. Then there's the practical matter of the gate, which is usually closed. (Also, confusingly there's a different, monument-laden site called the New York City Marble Cemetery a block away on 2nd Street.) Well, here's your chance, or chances: The half-acre yard, built in 1830s, opens it doors for public hours on the fourth Sunday of each month (and all weekend for Open House New York in October). Check out the Manhattan yard you'll mostly likely never have, for an afternoon at least.

New York Marble Cemetery 2016 schedule
Sunday, June 26 noon–4pm
Sunday, July 24 noon–4pm
Sunday, August 21 noon–4pm
Sunday, September 25 noon–4pm
Saturday, October 15 (Open House New York) 10am–5pm
Sunday, October 16 (Open House New York) 10am–5pm

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