Blog and In the News

  • Overlooked

    To commemorate Black History Month, the New York Times featured obituaries of prominent people whose deaths were not reported in the newspaper; in a section they titled “Overlooked.” Among those whose life stories were told was that of actress Nina Mae McKinney, a movie star known as the “Black Garbo.”  When she died in 1967, …
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  • Love Stories of Woodlawn

    Many of Woodlawn’s most imposing monuments may be taken as glorifications of a powerful family dynasty or displays of wealth and status — but many are also monuments of love. Commemorations of loved ones who have passed, they are reminders of what we come to cemeteries for, and stories of love, in all its different …
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  • The Joy of Giving – Woodlawn Lot Owners and the Gifts of Christmas Past

    Many of Woodlawn families celebrated the holidays by giving to the community, helping the needy and surprising the people of the city by presenting spontaneous gifts. They shared their thoughts of the season, gave back to the places that provided opportunities and made headlines with their generous deeds. Every year on Christmas Eve, newspaper publisher …
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  • Remembering the WWI Centennial at Woodlawn

    On November 11, 2018, people on two continents will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, “The War to End All Wars.”  It is also Veterans Day, a day where we honor those who have served our nation.   This makes Sunday a perfect day to visit Woodlawn. The majority of the …
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  • Food for Thought

    In August, New Yorkers will be taking advantage of Restaurant Week, a delicious way to prepare for our upcoming Fabulous Foodie Trolley Tour.  Our research volunteers enjoy identifying interesting sites for thematic tours, and the roster of those who owned restaurants, made fortunes off food products, and provided drinks to wash things down has grown …
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  • President’s Day

      Happy Birthday Mr. President! Everyone is familiar with the film of Marilyn Monroe standing on the stage in Madison Square Garden, singing to President John F. Kennedy on his birthday. Woodlawn notable, Leroy Neiman (1921-2012) painted a very colorful and splashy canvas to chronicle the event. Many Woodlawn Lot Owners connect to our Commander …
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  • Jewish Genealogy Month

    November is International Jewish Genealogy Month, making it a perfect time for us to share the wealth of records and information held by The Woodlawn Cemetery. Our staff and team of volunteers dedicate their time and expertise to reconnect family historians, researchers and lot owner descendants with their heritage.  Woodlawn was established in 1863 as …
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  • Woodlawn’s Suffragents

    The Woodlawn Cemetery is nationally known as the final resting place for many of the women that led the suffrage movement including:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alva Belmont, Katherine Duer Mackay and Carrie Chapman Catt. Through the recently published book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, we’ve learned that many men who …
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  • Back To School

        Summer is coming to a close and as we get ready to head back to school, let’s take some time to remember those who dedicated their lives to teaching and established the institutions where we go to learn. Some of the most impressive schools in New York City were designed by architect Charles …
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  • Angels at Woodlawn

    Cemeteries are filled with angels, watching over those at rest, transporting souls with outstretched wings and giving us hope for eternity. Hundreds of angels grace the grounds of The Woodlawn Cemetery – some inspired by classic works of arts and others original creations by accomplished artists. Many of Woodlawn’s beautiful and delicate marble angel figures …
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