Monday, July 23, 2012


Underground Muses of Green-Wood:
A Walking Tour in Green-wood Cemetery
Sunday, August 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit the graves of these Americans in the arts with Green-Wood Cemetery tour guide and urban historian Ruth Edebohls:
  • Leonard Bernstein: composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist;
  • Fred Ebb: musical theater lyricist;
  • Louis Comfort Tiffany: artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements;
  • Asher B. Durand: American painter of the Hudson River School;
  • George Caitlin (also spelled Catlin): painter, author, and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West;
  • George Bellows: realist painter, known for his bold depictions of urban life in New York City;
  • William Merritt Chase: painter known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. He is also responsible for establishing the Chase School, which later would become Parsons The New School for Design; and
  • John La Farge: painter, muralist, stained glass window maker, decorator, and writer.
                                                           The descriptions above are from Wikipedia.

Wear comfortable walking shoes. The walk may be partly uphill (and, therefore, strenuous) because Green-wood Cemetery was built on land that was formed 17,000 years ago when the last glacier to cover North America melted. In fact, the highest point in Brooklyn is in Green-wood Cemetery: Battle Hill, at 220 feet, by 7th Avenue and 20th Street.

Cost: Members of The Green-Wood Historic Fund pay $10. Non-members pay $15. Making reservations is recommended. To buy tickets, call (718) 210-3080 or order online.  

Green-wood Cemetery
500 25th Street at 5th Avenue