The New York Marble Cemetery is a historic cemetery founded in 1830, and located in the interior of the block bounded by East 2nd and 3rd Streets, 2nd Avenue, and Bowery, in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is entered through an alleyway with an iron gate at each end, located between 41 and 43 Second Avenue. About 2,100 burials are recorded in the cemetery's written registers, most from prominent professional and merchant families in New York City.The New York Marble Cemetery, which was New York City's first non-sectarian burial place, should not be confused with the nearby New York City Marble Cemetery one block east, which is entirely separate, and was established one year later. Both cemeteries were designated New York City landmarks in 1969, and in 1980 both were added to the National Register of Historic Places.History and descriptionThe cemetery was founded as a commercial undertaking of Perkins Nichols, who hired two lawyers, Anthony Dey and George W. Strong, to serve as organizing trustees. Recent outbreaks of yellow fever led city residents to fear burying their dead in coffins just a few feet below ground, and public health legislation had outlawed earthen burials. Nichols intended to appeal to this market by providing underground vaults for burial.To visit New York Marble Cemetery on your trip to New York City, use our New York City online driving holiday planner .
New York Marble Cemetery Reviews
This is a very cool discovery for those who love secret spots in NY and unique historical finds. This is a most pleasant hidden gem on the LES. I just wish it was open more often. I visited during Ope... more »
I went in 2010 when it was open to the public, which is rare. There's not much to look at really. It's nicely maintained but like I said not much to look at.
The cemetery is a hidden gem in the heart of a busy city - you have to look hard to find it - go down a long alley between 41 and 43 Second Avenue (two blocks north of Houston between 2nd and 3rd streets). Suddenly you come through the inner gate, around the corner into the garden and behold a half-acre oasis filled with bushes, flowers, open lawn and benches. An amazing surprise awaits you during their Summertime monthly Open Gate Days. They also rent it for weddings, birthday parties and fundraisers.
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