This is a new group, however, I did take over the New York Cemetery Walking Group from the previous organizer. That group already has quite a few members but was based in Yorktown Heights. I was hoping that we could start out with some cemeteries in the five boroughs first and then go further afield.
Maple Grove is a 65 acre gem of a cemetery, very well kept-up and on the Register of National Historic Places. The Maple Grove community is very involved in keeping the history of the site alive through events. The cemetery itself has a wonderful little peaceful reflective pond in the center full of ducks, geese and turtles. The cemetery has also taken the step of providing "Story Stones" sprinkled throughout the cemetery telling of the history of people buried there and events of historical interest in the borough.
Reformer Jacob Riis' wife is one of the more prominent members buried here.
If you have joined both groups, since this is one trip, please only RSVP for one. We will all be going together. The cemetery is accessible by public transportation: the "E" and "F" trains to Union Turnpike go right near it as does the Q60 bus. The Q10 bus goes right by the Kew Gardens Blvd./Lefferts Blvd. entrance. I hope this is helpful.