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Prospect Cemetery, Queens

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Prospect Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in the Jamaica section of the New York City borough of Queens. It was established in 1668 and known as the "burring plas." The cemetery's original main gate was on Beaver Road which led from Sutphin Boulevard to Jamaica Avenue. The cemetery was generally known as the Presbyterian burial ground and is one of the few remaining Colonial cemeteries in Queens.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has designated the cemetery as an official city landmark, stating that Prospect Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in New York and that it is regarded as a place of great historical and aesthetic interest, as well as one the city's important cultural locations. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
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  • Really. What can you say about a cemetary. I am at a loss for words. I guess it is a peaceful place at night.  more »
  • There are lots of nice headstones and mausoleums and monuments, and the place is kept up very nicely. Not sure how it ended up on this site as I'm sure many wouldn't just go to tour it or visit it...  more »
  • Some of the first generation Dutch founders of New York are buried here, way back before the Mayflower. Ogden is the surname, and they are my relatives. I can honestly say that besides Native Americans, my family were the first ones here (sans Viking settlements), well before the Mayflower. 1545 was when my 10th generation (I think) grandfather founded the Jamaica Queens area. When I discovered this I realized that while I may not be an original American (like the indigenous population although they migrated too) I am as OG NY'er as it gets!
  • Needs to be cleaned up again. Not well maintained.

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