Largest cemetery celebrates 175th anniversary - New York News

NYC largest cemetery celebrates 175th anniversary

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By ULA ILNYTZKY
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's largest cemetery is the subject of a museum exhibition as it celebrates its 175th anniversary.

Green-Wood Cemetery is known as the pastoral final resting place for luminaries such as New York Tribune founder Horace Greeley, conductor Leonard Bernstein and Cooper Union founder Peter Cooper.

The 478-acre site has rolling hills, ponds, winding paths and vistas of the New York Harbor. More than 500,000 people are interred under or within 100,000 monuments or tombs.

The Museum of the City of New York exhibit features a giant Green-Wood map superimposed on the gallery's floor and walls. Important gravesites are marked by illuminated glass cases.

The exhibition opens Wednesday and runs through Oct. 13.

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