September 25, 2012 — I’ve long maintained that Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is my favorite graveyard in New York, and that hasn’t changed now that I’ve combed the entire state for this grimpendium. However, if I were only judging a cemetery by what’s inside of it and not all the cool headless horsemanship around it, then without a doubt my favorite is Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. It has everything I want out of a place for the dead: varied funerary art, mausoleums, large trees and bodies of water, hills and paths so winding that you’re not sure what you’ll see next, lots of unique stories, and plenty of final resting places of the famous. In fact, Woodlawn has one of most varied range of notable corpses that I’ve seen in a cemetery, stretching from the writer of Moby Dick, to a woman infamously electrocuted by electric chair, to an entire team of Arctic explorers. Enough words, though. The proof is in the plots, so let me convince you with these pics:
|One of the more awesome tombstones I've ever seen...|
|...and it belongs to explorer George DeLong, |
buried with his team, who died in Siberia
during an expedition to the North Pole.
|Horror and science fiction author|
Frank Belknap Long
|The grave of the infamous Ruth Brown Snyder|
|Author Herman Melville. This seems|
like a big deal to me.
|Did I mention if you're going to be one of my favorite|
graveyards, you need turkeys?
|...and his infant son.|
|So Irving Berlin, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington...|
Lot of music in this graveyard:
|That's right. Bat...Masterson.|