Running in Green-Wood Cemetery, but for one day only

Running in Green-Wood Cemetery, but for one day only

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Generally we subscribe to the notion that if you find yourself running in a graveyard something has gone terribly wrong. But for six hours Friday, we buried that theory and joined joggers at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood cemetery.

"It's glorious, yeah. The views over the water," one runner told us. "You can see downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty."

At 175 years old, Green-Wood normally forbids running. But it briefly opened its gates to those athletes displaced from Prospect Park by the president's visit.

"We felt like it was the neighborly thing to do since so many Brooklynites are training for the marathon," said Chelsea Dowell, the manager of programs and membership. "It's a real treasure trove of New York City and American history."

The chance to pitter patter past Samuel Morse, weave around the inventor of the sewing machine, and climb the tallest point in Brooklyn to toss a tired nod at Minerva waving at Liberty, waving back at the goddess, proved too good for a handful of those joggers to pass up.

"It's really, really beautiful and I'm sorry I never came and walked around before," said another runner.

But with more than half a million graves on nearly 500 acres, runners stand little chance of recognizing any of this history. After all, it's tough to pick out Bill the Butcher when you're running right by him.

"I don't know where they are," a runner said. "This place is humongous."

Indeed.

We found Leonard Bernstein's modest plot, Boss Tweed's gated final resting place, and Currier with Ives nowhere in sight.

But somewhere out there we knew of abolitionists and Roosevelts, 5,000 Civil War vets and one owner of the Dodgers, who eluded us.

"It's really hard to see it all," Dowell said.

Whether future marathoners couldn't find notorious graves or preferred not to nearly two centuries of Seldens, Grants, Hammonds, Fitz-Geralds, Kerrs, and Palmers provided runners with the largest audience they'd see until race day.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    NYPD Twitter hashtag backfires

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:14:35 GMT
    An NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
    An NYPD plan intended to better connect with the community seems to have backfired a bit. The police department asked its twitter followers to share pictures of themselves with New York City police officers using the hashtag "myNYPD." Some did share nice pictures, but others not so much.Some of the first pictures posted showed regular citizens standing with very friendly looking police officers.
  • Airbnb fights NY attorney general's subpoena

    Airbnb fights NY attorney general's subpoena

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-22 23:06:24 GMT
    Renting out someone's apartment is an easy way to get an inexpensive place to stay if you're a tourist, and cheaper and more convenient than most hotels. But now the government is stepping in and trying to get a handle on a booming business that may not be playing by the rules. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is squaring off in court with multi-million dollar Internet company Airbnb.
    Renting out someone's apartment is an easy way to get an inexpensive place to stay if you're a tourist, and cheaper and more convenient than most hotels. But now the government is stepping in and trying to get a handle on a booming business that may not be playing by the rules. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is squaring off in court with multi-million dollar Internet company Airbnb.
  • Floating pool planned for East River

    Floating pool planned for East River

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-04-22 17:08:49 GMT
    An ambitious project to build a floating pool in the East River has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding.
    An ambitious project to build a floating pool in the East River has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in funding.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices