New York City Marble Cemetery Opens for a Day

November 2006
As pictured, November 2006

On Sunday, May 4, the East Village’s New York City Marble Cemetery opened to the community for a few hours on a perfect spring day. Families and friends gathered on the perennially green and well-manicured lawn

My visit was totally unplanned. I had the good fortune of spying a poster on a street light that had just been left by one of the cemetery’s caretakers near Marble Cemetery’s location on 2nd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. One of the trustees of the cemetery, Ian Fraser, graciously answered questions including whether it was possible that a hotel could someday be built on this site. He assured me that the site’s landmark status would like prevent any such development, but you can never say never.

To view Part I of the New York City Marble Cemetery video, please click the “play” button below:

Play “Part II” to hear the story of the most famous resident in the cemetery (Or, is it non-resident?), James Monroe:


May 6th, 2008

Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City

1 Comment

  • 1. EV Grieve  |  May 7th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Shoot! Wish I would have known this last weekend! … I remember the cemetery was open one rainy Saturday afternoon last fall. Was the first time that I had been in there. A beautiful spot.
    Of course, I couldn’t help but wonder then what a developer would do to that parcel of land…(What did Rodney Dangerfield say in Cadyshack? “Country clubs and cemeteries are the biggest wasters of prime real estate!”)
    Hope that it is truly safe…


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