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Lush landscape in the Brooklyn Navy Yard opens to the public for the first time in 90 years

Lush landscape in the Brooklyn Navy Yard opens to the public for the first time in 90 years
Photograph: Courtesy Menelik Puryear

Behind a fence for 90 years, the former Naval Hospital Cemetery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was inaccessible to the public.

Now, for the first time in nearly a century, the area along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is open as a refuge for those looking to take a break from the sprawling city life that surrounds them.

The area features an amphitheater as well as space for events and classes, such as yoga, which is held every Wednesday evening. As part of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative one of the goals is the area “will revitalize the native plant and pollinator populations in the region.”

However, while looking to the future they will also be looking to the past with an elevated boardwalk above the hallowed ground that was the final resting place for thousands of Navy and Marine Corps officers and enlisted men. And while a significant number of those buried were moved to Cypress Hills National Cemetery in 1926, hundreds of burials are unaccounted for, leaving the possibility that they remain at the site. 

You will be able to visit the Naval Cemetery Landscape Wednesday through Sunday. 


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