First Calvary Cemetery, Woodside

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Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery in Maspeth and Woodside, Queens, in New York City, New York, United States. With about 3 million burials, it has the largest number of interments of any cemetery in the United States; it is also one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States. It covers 365 acres and is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and managed by the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Calvary Cemetery is divided into four sections, spread across the neighborhoods of Maspeth and Woodside. The oldest, First Calvary, is also called "Old Calvary." The Second, Third and Fourth sections are all considered part of "New Calvary."
First Calvary Cemetery is located between the Long Island Expressway and Review Avenue. The cemetery's offices are located here, at 49–02 Laurel Hill Boulevard. Second Calvary Cemetery is located on the west side of 58th Street between Queens Boulevard and the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. Third Calvary Cemetery is located on the west side of 58th Street between the Long Island Expressway and the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. Fourth Calvary Cemetery is located on the west side of 58th Street between the Long Island Expressway and 55th Avenue.
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  • A de facto park for the local residents interested in fitness and solitude. They are finally repaving and replacing water mains, so it will be better for running and biking soon.  more »
  • First Calvary Cemetery (Calvary cemetery) is in the middle of Manhattan and JFK airport is one of the the Godfather filming location. Don Corleone's funeral scene was filmed using the large Calvary cemetery overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
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  • I want to thank Kevin who works in First Calvary for helping me find 2 grave sites today, you have the patience of a saint. I have many family members buried at Calvary and it is truly a beautiful, peaceful & scary cemetery, which makes visiting it more interesting. I’ve never been there alone, but I was determined to find the graves and take pictures of them before returning home to Westchester where I now reside. It wouldn’t have been possible, if it was not for Kevin’s determination in making my memories come to life after all these years. Growing up in Queens and visiting this cemetery with my family, believe it or not, was always a special day. We’d all look forward to hiding behind the huge headstones, being mesmerized by the huge mausoleums and looking at all the old pictures was the added touch for making great memories, YES at a cemetery. Happy I went today.
  • A peaceful place to just walk or visit a relative. My friends and I recorded a video here for a school project. The staff was extremely chill about it. We lost track of time and got locked in the cemetery. We had to walk to the other end of the cemetery to find a guard. He drove us back and unlocked the door for us.

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