NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Long before Prospect Park, there was Green-Wood Cemetery.
Brooklyn’s historical landmark is celebrating its 175 years with an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.
“You could in the 19th century come out of the tenements, come out of the urban center and be in a totally different world,” cemetery historian Jeff Richman told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond on Tuesday. “There’s no Metropolitan Museum, there’s no Brooklyn Museum. And so, you came to Green-Wood to see the sculpture of the leading artists of the period.”
“They were picnicking back then, they were touring back then,” he added.