They are found in tiny parcels of land squeezed among Manhattan buildings and in large rolling tracts of land in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
New York City's cemeteries carry on the ancient tradition of memorializing the dead with monuments, from plain gray markers to imposing crypts. Whatever their size, they tell the story of the city's evolution – it's triumphs, tragedies and setbacks – as it became a global capital.
From the 17th century, when the Dutch created a cemetery near present-day Wall Street, New York City has been home to some of the nation's most intriguing and famous burial grounds, from the pocket-sized Jewish burial ground of Shearith Israel to the hundreds of acres making up the majesty of Green-Wood and Woodlawn Cemeteries.
Gardens of Stone takes you on a walk through these memorial parks, guiding you through works of art cast in stone, from small solitary monuments to some of the country's most grand mausoleums.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Alexandra Kathryn Mosca is the author of Grave Undertakings (New Horizon Press, 2003), Green-Wood Cemetery (Arcadia Publishing, 2008) and Gardens of Stone (2016). She is also a frequent contributor to American Funeral Director and American Cemetery Magazines. Her body of work has included profiles of some of America's most well known cemeteries: Green-Wood, Salem Fields, Woodlawn, Calvary and Kensico in NewYork, as well as Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta. Mosca has also penned feature articles about the funerals of famous Americans: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Gov. Mario Cuomo, Joan Rivers and Mayor Edward I. Koch, NewYork City's beloved mayor, to name just a few.Her work has also appeared in Newsday and The New York Daily News. In addition to being a writer, Mosca works as a funeral director. Because of her national reputation as a chronicler of the funeral industry and cemeteries, Mosca is often sought after for comments about trends and her unique perspective about death and dying.