You might assume that due to the size of the city, all cemeteries within New York might be huge and have thousands of burials. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are many small New York graveyards that are hidden throughout the city. These hidden urban cemeteries often got their start in the 1800s before legislation was passed that prohibited the construction of cemeteries within the island of Manhattan. This legislation went into motion due to the rapid growth of the city, but the graveyards that already existed were not moved. This means that if you take a close look around, you will see many small New York graveyards.
Where Do These Small New York Graveyards Reside?
Once the legislation went into place many large cemeteries began to appear in West Queens. However, it is possible to find these small and hidden graveyards all throughout the city. Moore-Jackson Cemetery is the smallest cemetery in all of Brooklyn and other small graveyards that have been found include New York Marble Cemeteries, Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue and the 11th Street cemetery.
Many of these old cemeteries can still be found throughout all of Manhattan and are even in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Many of these cemeteries are owned privately, but there are still some small cemeteries that are owned by local churches that keep their affiliation.
This small cemetery can be found on 54th street close by 31st Avenue. It is a cemetery that resides in Queens and was first established by the Moore family near their farmhouse. This cemetery was first built in the early 1800s. However, some of the gravestone burial plots can be traced back to as early as 1733. It was neglected over time and by the 1920s it became a sort of garbage dump until it was finally refurbished.
New York Marble Cemeteries
It is possible to come across two New York Marble cemeteries that can be found near the lower east side. These graveyards are not open to the public and it is almost impossible to accurately identify any of the plots, because they are not marked with headstones. There are sometimes inscriptions that can be found on the tablets of the wall that are used for identification purposes.
These small graveyards throughout New York used to be the norm, but now they are hidden gems of the city.