Greenwood Heights

To accommodate an uptick in visitors, Green-Wood Cemetery opens more gates on weekdays

April 2, 2020 Mary Frost
Green-Wood Cemetery’s landmarked gates are an iconic sight. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Brooklynites seeking relief from the isolation and lack of exercise brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic have been heading to the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery for quiet, socially-distanced walks filled with art, history and nature.

In response to the increase in weekday visitors, the cemetery has adjusted the open hours for its gates. Green-Wood now will open its Fort Hamilton Parkway and Prospect Park West entrances — usually open to the public only on weekends — seven days a week. The new hours are as follows:

– Main Entrance (Fifth Avenue and 25th Street) will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Sunset Park Entrance (Fourth Avenue and 35th Street) will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Fort Hamilton Parkway Entrance (Fort Hamilton Parkway and Micieli Place) and Prospect Park West Entrance (Prospect Park West and 20th Street) will each be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Green-Wood Cemetery’s Prospect Park West entrance, one of several with new weekday hours during the coronavirus pandemic. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Green-Wood Cemetery’s Prospect Park West entrance is one of several with new weekday hours during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Lore Croghan/Brooklyn Eagle

Richard Moylan, president of Green-Wood, said in a statement on Thursday that visitors should remember that Green-Wood is an active cemetery, and to be mindful of people around them during their visits. He also reminds people to practice social distancing at all times as a defense against COVID-19. (Riding bicycles, rollerblades or scooters is not allowed. Dog walking, jogging and games are also banned.)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that he is shutting down every playground in New York City because of noncompliance with social distancing rules put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Parks will remain open as long as visitors keep at least six feet away from each other, Cuomo said.

Visit the cemetery’s website for more information.


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