For generations, Green-Wood Cemetery has played an integral part in New York City’s cultural history, serving as a gathering place and a cultural repository. Situated in the historic borough of Brooklyn, the thousands of graves and mausoleums within the cemetery’s 478 acres are tangible links and reminders to key events and people who made New York City and America what it is today. The monuments read like a who’s who of American greatness and include the names of Leonard Bernstein, F. A. O. Schwarz, Charles L. Tiffany, Samuel Morse, and DeWitt Clinton, among others. A national historic landmark since 2006, Green-Wood is considered one of the preeminent cemeteries in the country and is a living display of the evolving funeral traditions of the city and America as a whole. The cemetery was and remains one of the city’s largest open green spaces and a century ago was a social venue for picnics, outings, and political events. Through vintage photographs, Green-Wood Cemetery chronicles the cemetery’s rich history and documents how its tradition as a park and a popular tourist attraction continues, drawing 300,000 visitors annually.
About the Author
Alexandra Kathryn Mosca is a writer and funeral director in New York City. She is a regular contributor to magazines such as American Cemetery and American Funeral Director.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 6 Introduction 7
1 A Place of Repose and Recreation 9
2 Brooklyn People, Places, and Politics 27
3 Green-Wood and the Civil War 45
4 Entrepreneurs and Household Names 55
5 Mausoleums, Monuments, and Special Memorials 71
6 Young, Tragic, and Notorious 91
7 The Arts, Sciences, and Other Geniuses 105
8 Green-Wood Today and Beyond 119 Bibliography 127
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Green-Wood Cemetery, New York (Images of America) based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anyone who is interested in New York City's historical evolution will find this book a real treasure to read! It impressed me as one of the finer quality entries in Arcadia's "Image of America" series. Specifically, in her treatment of Green-wood Cemetery's birth, growth, and preeminence as a local cultural icon, author Alexandra Mosca paints a sweeping landscape that will appeal to a larger audience than many of the publisher's past offerings. The writer in the instant case takes the time to supply thoroughly researched captions for each of the visually attractive, and judiciously chosen, photographs. It seems that Ms. Mosca's background as a distinguished New York funeral director has contributed to imbed her book with a richer, more exclusive feel to the topic at hand, when compared to blander publications I have encountered in the field of Brooklyn's history. I am hoping that Ms. Mosca will follow this significant project with one just as absorbing!
This was such a fascinating read! A funeral director myself, I have always been interested in the history of cemeteries and the people residing within. Ms. Mosca's photo selections and insightful captions make this a great read! She is a wonderfully talented writer and I look forward to more from her!
You would think that anyone who has an appreciation for cemeteries has to look like Uncle Fester from the Addams Family or Elvira, but not Alexandra.
This drop dead (pun intended) gorgeous mortician with a flair for humor and a mind filled with interesting facts has once again entertained, enlightened and mesmerized us with her latest creation. Who better to give you a personal tour of this repository for the dearly departed than a woman who faces death everyday?
I first met Alexandra Mosca through her first book "Grave Undertakings". She had me hooked then, but what I didn't expect was that when I wrote her a fan letter, she responded and has become a dear friend and mentor. She is as real and as genuine as her writing, and she's a consummate professional.
In everything she does Alexandra Mosca's love of life comes through. Death does tell tales and you learn so much about people by what words are left behind for them when they cross over. Some people leave us with a modest memorial, others spare no expense. This book will introduce you to some very famous resting places and you can't help but be touched by some of their stories.
For me it's the photographs that bring it all together. It's one thing to write a book that consists only of words. It's a far more meaningful experience to share the experience by feeling that you are a part of it.
Green-Wood Cemetery is a recent addition to the ¿Images of America¿ series of Arcadia Publishing and authored by Alexandra Mosca, noted New York metro area funeral director and author.
As I first glanced through the book, my thoughts were how can text and photos of a cemetery be interesting? It only took a few minutes to dispel my early ideas! Alexandra has taken the `story¿ of one of America¿s noted cemeteries from early beginnings to today¿s modern and ever changing customs of burying our deceased family members.
The book itself is well laid out, exceptional illustrations and photo images along with exacting text that gets you hooked from the time you pick it up till the ending. Ms. Mosca is a skilled writer that has taken the time to research her subject matter and put forth in an easily understandable manner.
As a New York native, now removed to Iowa for 45 years, the book is a refreshing trip into the early Brooklyn borough history with the likes of western actor William S. Hart & Frank Morgan of ¿Wizard of Oz¿ fame. Sports figureheads like Henry Chadwick, father of baseball and Charles Ebbets, long associated with Brooklyn baseball. Transportation pioneers De Witt Clinton and Juan Tripp, Erie Canal and Pan-Am Airlines respectively all have a place in Green-Wood. Alexandra has indexed each part of Green-Wood¿s history, burials and architecture for easy reference when you go back again and again to marvel over the art, design and people of Green-Wood. There is something here for everyone, if you are `hooked¿ on art, history, architectural design, landscape or just a leisurely walk.
I can only wish to be closer and view the grandeur in person, but thanks to Alexandra Mosca, it can be done with a wonderful literary presentation. The 125 pages are captivating, educational and entertaining-who would ever think a cemetery as being entertaining?
I give this book five stars plus! As with anything Ms Mosca takes on, it¿s exceptionally well done and I anxiously await her next venture, be it fact or fiction!
Green-Wood Cemetery, a new pictorial history book written by eminent New York based funeral director and author Alexandra Kathryn Mosca, documents the fascinating history of one of Brooklyn¿s largest green spaces. Mosca meticulously explains, in easy to read prose, why Green-Wood Cemetery remains a park and tourist attraction that draws more than 300,000 people annually. Part of Arcadia¿s Image of America series, Green-Wood Cemetery offers readers a mesmerizing glimpse at the national historic landmark where citizens of great stature - such as Horace Greeley, Elmer Sperry, Leonard Bernstein, F.O.A. Schwarz, Charles L. Tiffany and DeWitt Clinton - among others have been buried. Other highlights of Mosca¿s ¿can¿t put it down¿ book include a thorough and touching explanation of how Green-Wood Cemetery honored U.S. civil war veterans, Green-Wood¿s current connection to the NYC school system, and an apt tribute to the natural beauty of the land. She also elucidates the history of the spectacular architecture of Green-Woods buildings, mausoleums, markers and statuary. Mosca¿s distinctive experiences as a well seasoned funeral director, particular history researcher and skilled writer (American Funeral Director, American Cemetery, NY Newsday, Times Ledgers Newspapers and her book, Grave Undertakings ) help to draw the reader into this handsomely bound book, which is replete with superb graphics and well restored photographs. Mosca has decidedly achieved her stated goal in writing the book: to reacquaint readers with one of the nation¿s leading cemeteries and its¿ famous and infamous ¿residents¿. Green-Wood Cemetery actually makes learning about an important cemetery enjoyable and easy. - Mac Mc Cormick ---------------------------------------------Mac Mc Cormick, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has written for Kates-Boylston Publications (American Funeral Director, American Cemetery, Funerals of the Famous) since 1974. He retired from the USAF, after traveling the world for 23 years. Mac, who published Days of Death Nights of Service, a chronicle of personal experiences in funeral service, also wrote for The Associated Press and CBS World Radio News. ------------------30-------------------------