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Private Green-Wood Cemetery & Catacombs Tour

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Join New York Adventure Club for a special private tour of Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, as we visit notable graves, sculptures, and mausoleums, before heading down into the 30 vault catacombs built in 1838. We will start our tour from just inside the gothic arches near the 25th st. & 5th Ave. entrance.

After the tour, we'll head around the corner to Greenwood Park (http://greenwoodparkbk.com/blog/home/) for some food & drinks on 7th Ave btw 19th & 20th Sts. If it's warm out, we'll grab a spot on their outdoor patio, which is one of the largest in Brooklyn (did I mention the 3 bocce ball courts?).

Highlights on the tour include:

The Catacombs - 30 Vaults, like an apartment house for burials, built because of the Victorians' fear of being buried alive. Since a coma could mimic death, they were equipped with skylights, air vents and safety caskets equipped with all the bells and whistles.

The gravesite of William Holbrook Beard, famous for the Bulls & Bears of Wall St - See the spectacular huge Bronze Bear Sculpture by Dan Ostermiller.

Civil War Soldiers Lot with the lifelike zinc sculpture, to Green-Wood's 12 yr old Drummer Boy by Clarence MacKenzie.

Please wear a good pair of walking shoes since we'll be on our feet for the entirety of the tour!

Tickets

Advance Tickets - $23.95 (Ends 11:59pm on Wednesday, 9/17)

Regular Tickets - $29.95 (Ends 11:59pm on Friday, 9/19)

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What to Expect:

Green-Wood Cemetery, National Historic Landmark, established in 1838 as a rural cemetery. 478 spectacular acres, 8000 mature trees, 4 glacial ponds, 560,000 interments. Decades before New York's Central Park was created, Green-Wood Cemetery's ponds, hills and winding paths provided not only a pastoral final resting place for the nation's elite but also a recreational spot for picnics and horse-drawn buggies.

Visitors enter Green-Wood through the soaring spires of Gothic Revival-style gates designed by Richard Upjohn, the architect of Trinity Church in lower Manhattan who is buried there. From the grave sites of 6,000 Civil War soldiers to the handsome Historic Chapel by the same architects of Grand Central Terminal, the cemetery is a symphony of art, architecture, history and nature, yet today, there are New Yorkers who have never set foot in Green-Wood or know of its rich history. Come and be amazed!

2nd most visited Tourist attraction in the 19th Century only rivaling Niagara Falls. 100,000 unique Sculptures, Pyramids, Obelisks, Hillside Mausoleum many of which are one of kind.

The bronze sculpture of Minerva, The Sister Statue to the Statue of Liberty (and a little known fact that will surprise you) which is on a Revolutionary War Battlefield - The Battle of Long Island/Brooklyn-August 28, 1776. 200 ft above sea level. George Washington and his Continental Army fought across what is now Green-Wood Cemetery.

Maestro Leonard Bernstein simple but elegant family lot, The huge bronze sculpture by Henry Kirke Brown for The father of the Erie Canal: Mayor, Governor, Senator; DeWitt Clinton, The Tiffany Family lot, Infamous Boss Tweed family lot, Peter Cooper family lot (Cooper Union), Theodore Roosevelt's circular family lot. Stewart Mausoleum by architect Stanford White and Angel bas relief by famous Augustus Saint Gaudens

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