I’ve lived in New York City for six years now, and it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the dredge of everyday life and forget what is out my front door. I’m a freelance graphic designer and have had quite a bit of time off between jobs this time around. While most of it has been spent taking it easy, staying in my neighborhood and tackling some long overdue spring cleaning, I’ve tried to do at least a few things that have been on my NYC to-do list for a while. One of those things was visiting Green-Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I had heard it is a beautiful spot so I spent a warm afternoon scoping it out.
Founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery, Green-Wood Cemetery is a quiet reprieve from the rest of the city. The highest natural point in Brooklyn is here and gives an amazing view of the NYC Skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty. This place is also massive…there are 31 miles of roads and paths! I walked around here for almost two hours and didn’t even make it halfway in. They also offer free maps and a walking tour, although I just walked around on my own.
How to get there: Take the R train and got off at 25th St. It’s only one block from the subway to the main entrance on 25th St. & 5th Ave.