NEW YORK (AP) — The late owner of Manhattan’s famed Elaine’s restaurant was a strong-willed woman, but may not get her way when it comes to where she wished to be laid to rest.

Elaine Kaufman, who died last month at 81, said she wanted her ashes spread over Second Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. That’s where she ran her celebrity hangout for 47 years.

State law generally requires cremated remains to be placed only in certain designated areas or the private property of a consenting owner.

Kaufman’s will was filed in Surrogate’s Court on Thursday. She left Elaine’s to its longtime manager, Diane Becker.

A lawyer for Kaufman says nothing has yet been done with her ashes, but that the executors — including himself — do not plan to violate any law.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. Eric Brown says:

    give her her last wish, its the least you can do!!

  2. jjjddd says:

    don’t forget your death and ashs tax!

  3. jjjddd says:


  4. June says:

    Mom died 6 months ago and her wishes are her ashes to tossed from the Marina in Yonkers, are they gonna stop me ? I think NOT

  5. Carlos Liriano says:

    Jeff G, you sure are funny and right. You made my day, thank you

  6. enough is enough says:

    Thats it just forget about the laws and let anyone do whatever they want.

  7. Jeff G says:

    Enough with the the rules, regulations and paranoia about everything. Scatter the lady’s ashes where she wanted them. What, the sidewalk or alley is so sparkling clean and hygienic that doing this would somehow contaminate the area?

    It could be done in an evening or early morning so those faint of heart who would be unable to look at a container of ashes won’t expire from the sight.

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