Day 179

Portal of the day

June 26th, 2012

Welcome to Green-Wood Cemetery, one of the first, and grandest, examples of an American rural cemetery. Founded in 1838 on 478 magnificently wooded acres of glacial hills and dales, it once rivaled Niagara Falls as the country's premier tourist attraction. There's too much to see in just one day, so I'll be back for at least a few more visits over the next two years.

You may be able to discern a brown blob emerging from the base of the spire atop the gateway's central tower. It's a gigantic nest built by the famed Brooklyn parrots; Green-Wood is one of their strongholds.


  1. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Oh WOW! When I first opened your site, I could only see the top part of the picture and thought I was looking at a picture of a European Castle…but instead I find it’s a gorgeous entrance to a cemetery. Wow. Just beautiful!

  2. Gigi says:

    What a beautiful portal, and the nest is an added attraction.

    Reposting the Cbc news vid featuring Matt ..

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