Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today at the New York City Marble Cemetery

[Photo by Bobby Williams]


[Dave on 7th]

Previously.

12 comments:

Marty Wombacher said...

Love the last picture. It sounded like a weird event, but looks like it was a nice time.

blue glass said...

i still think it's a little weird.
and were there refreshments?

it's a cemetery - a private one - not a park.

Anonymous said...

It's just open for the public to wander through a couple of times a year. Never saw the lady with the accordion before this year, but I liked it! Awesome that they're taking care of the place, but what's with removing all the ivy from the walls? Booo!

DrBOP said...

So now we know.....the lady with the accordion JUST got to the cemetery off the LES/Pakistan JSOC Shuttle....she is DEEP undercover CIA operative....yes, my friends, you are looking at Osama's killer....only question is will she get the 50 million bucks bounty....and she is SOOOOO CUTE looking too...

....word has it that she was there to supervise the secret internment of the big O's body LATE last night....JUST another excuse for frat boys to dance on the marble graves.....

Anonymous said...

It looks better without all the yunnies. Close it now, fast. I'm sure the dead agree!

Goggla said...

Accordion Lady was there last summer sporting black angel wings and singing French songs. She's pretty good - I hope she's around more often this year.

Big Brother said...

WTF? A local, historic cemetery is now THE spot for a hipster picnic?

Anonymous said...

Geeze.
Posting morons. Do some research.
Cemeteries ARE parks. They have been, since around 1800. Meant for people to spend time with their dearly departed in the same kind of manner that you would with a living person in a beautiful park setting.
Spread a blanket; pour a cup of tea for the family and the departed, etc.
Granted; NYC Marble is more of a "graveyard" than a cemetery but... whatever. It was Spring Open Day; same as every year.

Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe that people have objections to this event. It's a beautiful cemetery that opens its gates a few times a year and lets people enjoy the grounds.

The accordion lady plays beautiful songs, people talk under the trees and admire the headstones. . . it's a place of reverence, beauty, and life! There's really nothing disrespectful or creepy about it. . . come out and enjoy it next fall!

Lisa said...

Anon. 9:41 - The main reason to remove ivy from walls is that it is a creeper with roots that will go deep into mortar or cement, and destabilize the binding agent; it can make the wall come down if it's let go long enough. And those walls are so old, and the mortar probably so crumbly, the cemetery administrators may be afraid it could happen. So down it came.

Anonymous said...

@Lisa

While you are correct about the destructive properties of type of ivy you are referring to, that type of ivy is pretty rare around here (I've never even seen it). Most of the ivy you see on buildings and walls have little tiny suction cup like roots that don't penetrate anything, It provides excellent protection to masonry.
When we tore it off of our building (sniff boohoo) The bricks and mortar underneath were pristine. Like the day they had been set. All the weather exposed brick areas were wasted.

Anonymous said...

Those tables did not have refreshments. (would have been nice) Just information about the cemetery and it's residents.