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Day 966

Catchin’ up

August 22nd, 2014

It looks like I haven't updated the site in months, but I'm just working through a big backlog of photos. I'll be posting new ones just about every day until I'm finally caught up. See below for the latest posts.

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Mosaic headstone

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Antonio Tabacchi

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Al Smith

May 29th, 2014



The Happy Warrior with the blue moustache

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Michael Walsh

May 29th, 2014



Mr. Walsh, a.k.a. Mickey Welch, was the third Major League pitcher to win 300 games, the first pinch hitter in Major League history (he struck out), and one of two baseball Hall of Famers buried here in Calvary (the other is Wee Willie Keeler).

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Alsop family cemetery

May 29th, 2014



This tiny family burial ground, with its first interment dating back to 1691, has been swallowed up, and is entirely surrounded, by Calvary Cemetery (aerial view), making it a little enclave of Protestantism in a vast Catholic necropolis. This brings to mind the old Betts family burial ground, now encompassed by the Jewish Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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Calvary Park

May 29th, 2014



A city park fully contained within a private cemetery — weird! From the Parks Department's website:

On April 28, 1863, the City of New York purchased the land for this park from the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral and granted Parks jurisdiction over it. The land transaction charter stated that Parks would use the land as a burial ground for soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War (1861-65) and died in New York hospitals. Parks is responsible for the maintenance of the Civil War monument, the statuary, and the surrounding vegetation. Twenty-one Roman Catholic Civil War Union soldiers are buried here. The last burial took place in 1909.
I had never been to this part of the cemetery before, but the four statues at the base of the monument (individual photos about halfway down this page) looked very familiar. It turns out that they're identical (albeit with some missing pieces) to the figures on the Soldiers’ Monument at Green-Wood Cemetery (photos: 1, 2, 3, 4), as well as other Civil War monuments around the country.

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Always In Our Hearts

May 29th, 2014



Catherine Messina, 1928-1953, Beloved Sister

Veronica A. Byrne, 1943-2009, Beloved Wife, Mom, Sister & Nana

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Old Calvary

May 29th, 2014



This is the original section of Calvary Cemetery, with the Kosciuszko Bridge visible in the background. Calvary is home to a truly staggering number of dead folks: somewhere between 1,750,000 and 3,000,000.

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Dry ice to the left

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Compressed gases to the right

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Giuseppe Petrosino

May 29th, 2014



From a previous post:

Joe Petrosino was the city's first Italian-American police detective. Standing a feisty (and chunky) 5-foot-3, he was a prominent leader in the fight against Italian-American organized crime around the turn of the 20th century. This role eventually cost him his life when he was assassinated in 1909 while on a mission in Sicily, making him the only NYC police officer killed in the line of duty outside the US. While his name has largely been forgotten in the years since, he was beloved by the New Yorkers of his time: an estimated 200,000 people turned out to watch his funeral procession (photo) make its way through the streets of Manhattan and Queens!
Lieutenant Petrosino is buried here in the newer sections of Calvary Cemetery.

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I was going to say that this establishment's presidential name didn't fare as well as that of Obama Fried Chicken in Brooklyn, but then I checked Street View.

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Iris in bloom

May 21st, 2014


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The sandwich board says "Cutterz", but I have to defer to the main sign for the official spelling.