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Woodlawn Cemetery

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Address: 517 E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10470-2401
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Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the...

Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the ornate and imaginative mausoleums and monuments of some of the country's most famous industrialists and politicians. Notable individuals include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and many more. Guide maps are available at both cemetery entrances.

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Morbid Oasis of Peaceful Tranquility

If you're a history buff and are highly intrigued by historical figures that has made a significant impact in society this cemetery is worth touring. Site personnel from crew... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Miriam C
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

If you're a history buff and are highly intrigued by historical figures that has made a significant impact in society this cemetery is worth touring. Site personnel from crew maintenance, security staff especially Mike, tour guides, and resourceful office workers are readily available to expeditiously offer assistance whenever possible. The grounds are kept meticulously appealing. Driving around and exploring the... More 

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New York City
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Cemeteries are the backbone of any community and society. It will tell you stories upon stories of those who have found their final resting place in one. For many, even in death, status remains important and what influence they had in their often very rich lives. So, once again I went to Woodlawn in the Bronx and wanted to take... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

Woodlawn is a very large site and there is much to see, so make sure you collect a copy of the site map from the Office on your way into the Cemetery. On a dry, crisp late November day we strolled along some of the internal winding roads, coming across statues and memorials, some to famous past residents of the... More 

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Leonia, New Jersey
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

So many luminaries of New York City and United States history buried here. The mausoleums are fantastic, great architecture, huge collection of Tiffany stained glass. We got a tour through the cemetery and they even brought us in some of the mausoleums. Lots of artful bronze doors. Beautiful trees. If you can catch the trees before the leaves fall you... More 

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Reviewed 3 November 2016

All I remember of Woodlawn Cemetery most of my life travailing up to W.233 street Jerome ave. and to Yonkers New York was one Musaliam with the name SMUCK name caught my eye for many years from the bus and my car and that's how it was spelled, if anyone finds this a vacation spot knock yourselves out!LOL

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Reviewed 2 November 2016

This isn't your usual cemetery. In fact, it's more of a park and piece of NYC history. It was designed by Olmstead, who designed other "natural" parks in the US including Central Park and Prospect Park. The statuary and architecture is amazing. I live an hour away and am able to go at least twice a year for special events,... More 

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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I have heard for many years that Woodlawn Cemetery is a must see. I grew up in the Bronx (although I have not lived their in 4 decades) and have seen almost all of the sights but Woodlawn. On Wednesday I did a Bronx tour with my New Jersey born husband. We thought Woodlawn Cemetery was absolutely awesome. The trees,... More 

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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

While Green-Wood may have the most beautiful entrance to a cemetery in New York, Woodlawn may just rival it in terms of what's inside. Woodlawn is a smaller cemetery but could still take up an entire day if you don't plan ahead. They have maps readily available at the booth when you come in the main entrance so come with... More 

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Like Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery is a vast green space dotted with beautiful and intricately detailed tombstones and mausoleums. Woodlawn Cemetery is also home to notable figures, such as Fredrick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses. The cemetery is ideal for a nice stroll for those who may appreciate the architectural details of the mausoleums. It's peaceful and quiet here.

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Reviewed 9 August 2016

if you are passionate about jazz or if you do not know too much and would like to learn more I highly recommend this tour. The tour guide has an immense knowledge about jazz (really, she does know everything!) and will share stories and anecdotes with strong passion and dedication. The cemetery itself is beautiful and I definitely enjoy the... More 

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