- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit New York City Marble Cemetery
A 19th century burial ground that once held an American president.
Although easily confused with its neighbor, the New York Marble Cemetery around the corner which was established around the same time, the New York City Marble Cemetery was opened as its own entity in 1831. While all of the burials were done in the 256 Tuckahoe marble vaults underneath the earth, tombstones and other memorials were allowed on the grass above (unlike the Marble Cemetery, which did not allow such markers).
It got a huge boost in its prestige when President James Monroe was buried there in 1831. However he would be removed in 1858 and relocated to Richmond, Virginia. By that time, the cemetery had fallen out of fashion, with the elite preferring to be buried in places like Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn where they could build ostentatious mausoleums. Still, may notable burials remain in the quiet cemetery dotted with trees, including John Lloyd Stephens, who was a Mayan archeologist and has a tomb reflecting the iconography of his interests, as well as the Kip’s Bay bones, said to be the oldest European dead buried on Manhattan.