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Here at the entrance of Calvary Cemetery at Greenpoint and Gale Avenues is a Queen Anne gatehouse building with a hexagonal, peaked tower.
It’s a near-perfect building, constructed in 1892 (the architect is unchronicled).
I have always admired pre-war apartment buildings with brick exteriors as well as factory buildings that have been converted to apartments.
I live in a garden complex comprising of two-story brick buildings on a hillside that I had my eye on a dozen years before I bought in.
My usual cemetery of choice for exploration to satisfy my thanatophilia has been Green-Wood in Brooklyn, due to its accessibility, but I figured the time has come to see more of NYC’s more prominent burial grounds.
I do not know if the practice at Mass at 10AM on Saturdays is still in effect (we will see the chapel later).
Moravian in Staten Island, the resting place for generations of Vanderbilts, is a probability in Staten Island. It is not a burial park, as Green-Wood or Woodlawn were designed to be; rather, it was a place where, when you’re dead, to get yourself buried, as the feared showbiz columnist J. Along for the journey was Newtown Pentacle master Mitch Waxman, who has made Newtown Creek and what surrounds it his spare time’s complete focus.