Blog and In the News

  • Woodlawn’s Green Memorials

    Today, we are challenged by the clean up after hurricane winds downed and damaged many of Woodlawn’s extraordinary trees. As our arborists and grounds crew carefully lift limbs and clear roads, we are reminded at how important this collection of trees is to our Lot Owners, staff, and visitors. Not only do the plants define …
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  • Have you Thought About Your Own End-of-Life Arrangements?

    One of the realities we face every day here at Woodlawn Cemetery is that death is a natural part of life. Even so, we understand how unnatural it feels to discuss. Talking about mortality may not be an everyday conversation piece – but expressing preferences about your own end-of-life arrangements is one of the most …
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  • Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future – Woodlawn’s Bridge to Craft Careers Program

    Woodlawn is home to the largest collection of funerary art in the United States. The mausolea, monuments, and funerary sculptures were crafted by some of the country’s most famous architects and artisans. To support the preservation of these historic structures, in collaboration with the World Monuments Fund and the International Masonry Institute, Woodlawn established the …
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  • 3 Reasons to Choose Your own Final Resting Place

    At Woodlawn Cemetery, we’ve talked to many of our neighbors from here in the Bronx who have said this: “When I witnessed my loved one’s burial, I couldn’t help but think of where I would like to be laid to rest. How do I go about making that decision?” We thought it would be helpful …
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  • 2020 Jane’s Walk NYC

    For the last nine years on the first weekend of May, the Municipal Art Society has hosted #JanesWalkNYC featuring free, volunteer-led “walking conversations” inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. This year, due to coronavirus-related restrictions, the festival has been transformed into “Jane’s Walk NYC (from Home),” and The Woodlawn Cemetery is proud to be a …
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  • Press Release: Woodlawn Conservancy Announces Meg Ventrudo

    WOODLAWN CONSERVANCY ANNOUNCES MEG VENTRUDO AS ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR New York City… The Woodlawn Conservancy has selected Meg Ventrudo as its new Executive Director effective March 30, 2020.  Woodlawn Conservancy provides educational programs for students and the public, engaging a strong volunteer corps and working to present the extraordinary collection of monuments and plantings found …
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  • Endless Glamour – Art Deco at Woodlawn

    At Woodlawn, we are honored to have experts in many different areas who contribute to the research, restoration and education at Woodlawn. On this blog, join Woodlawn’s architectural historian Anthony Pellino as he explores the influence of the art deco period on the monuments, mausolea and sculpture at Woodlawn. Glamorous, syncopated, energetic.             Don’t these words …
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  • The Luck of the Irish

    All of New York City looks forward to the month of March when we celebrate Irish heritage. Woodlawn is a destination for those who are honoring the lore of St. Patrick and the notable figures who came from the Emerald Isle. There are several commissioned monuments on Woodlawn’s 400 acre grounds filled with symbols and …
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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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