Being Let in to Marble Cemetery

There are several small cemeteries throughout NYC. Most are closed to the public, but on some occasions, you can enter during an event or public opening. Such was the case with the New York Marble Cemetery, which opens its gates to the public one day each month from April to October. It is located in the East Village and is also known as the Second Ave Cemetery. It is the oldest non-sectarian cemetery in NYC. It was a bright sunny day, and I got there early to avoid crowds (or people of any sort).

Not quite open yet.

Not quite open yet.

The bees are having breakfast.

The bees are having breakfast.

The signs on the side of the gate tells the story.

The signs on the side of the gate tells the story.

Here is the full history lesson.

Here is the full history lesson.

They have chairs out for visitors.

They have chairs out for visitors.

The centerpiece of the cemetery.

The centerpiece of the cemetery.

I love the walls surrounding the cemetery.

I love the walls surrounding the cemetery.

Stone set up.

Stone set up.

An obelisk surrounded by squirrels and shade.

An obelisk surrounded by squirrels and shade.

Hiding in the ivy.

Hiding in the ivy.

There are a lot of these types of markers.

There are a lot of these types of markers.

A bush growing grave stone.

A bush growing grave stone.

Some markers on the walls as well.

Some markers on the walls as well.

The obelisk in the bush.

The obelisk in the bush.

A view of one side.

A view of one side.

Back to the centerpiece.

Back to the centerpiece.

A very old stone.

A very old stone.

Looking across the expanse.

Looking across the expanse.

A small obelisk and some yard tools.

A small obelisk and some yard tools.

The stone by the tree.

The stone by the tree.

Obelisks are popular in this cemetery.

Obelisks are popular in this cemetery.

My favorite of the stone designs.

My favorite of the stone designs.

What was under the walls.

What was under the walls.

Someone broke a marker.

Someone broke a marker.

Markers along the wall.

Markers along the wall.

Interesting small trees grow here.

Interesting small trees grow here.

Someone has left rocks in a traditional sense.

Someone has left rocks in a traditional sense.

Looking out from one end of the cemetery.

Looking out from one end of the cemetery.

I like the shadow play as the sun climbs higher.

I like the shadow play as the sun climbs higher.

Back out the gate we go.

Back out the gate we go.

Next week: I go to Governor’s Island for the first time ever.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel T5i with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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