New York Marble Cemetery, New York City

#116 of 118 in Historic Sites in New York City
Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The New York Marble Cemetery is a burial ground established in 1830 in what is now the East Village of Manhattan, on the block bound by 2nd Street, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Street, and the Bowery. 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.
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  • I went with friends, but didn't realize there where hours where they would be closed. That's the only down side. It looked cool from the outside.  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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.
  • Open to public one day a month in the spring/summer. Nice peaceful garden area and benches for seating. Good place to relax, read, have a quiet chat.

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