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Cypress Hills Cemetery
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Cypress Hills Cemetery Main Office
Cemetery Details
Country: USA
Location: Brooklyn, New York

Cypress Hills Cemetery was the first nonsectarian cemetery corporation organized in the Brooklyn/Queens area of New York City. It is located at 833 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn. Established in 1848 east of the Ridgewood Reservoir, a section of the cemetery was designated as the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in 1862 as a military burial ground for soldiers of the American Civil War, which in 1941 received the bodies of 235 Confederate prisoners who died on Hart Island. [1] In Marvel Comics, Cypress Hill Cemetery served as the headquarters of the supernatural superhero team, The Midnight Sons.



The cemetery features such notable sights as:

  • Cypress Hills Abbey, near the Cooper Avenue entrance. Locked lead doors; not open to the public.[2]
  • Memorial Abbey
  • Melrose Memorial Garden
  • An urn garden
  • War of 1812 Memorial
  • Civil War Soldiers plot

Notable burials

Mae West tomb visited by Lars Jacob
Main entrance


  1. ^ "New Woe for Troubled Cemetery". New York Times. December 3, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-30. "After years of mismanagement and controversy, Cypress Hills Cemetery, one of the city's largest, is out of receivership and emerging from bankruptcy. But new charges arose yesterday as one of its former court-appointed guardians accused another of trying to seize control through stealth and self-dealing. In court papers filed yesterday in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, the former receiver, Ravi Batra, claims that the former court-appointed managing agent installed its own employee as president of the cemetery's re-formed board of directors in a bid to gain control of the 200-acre (0.81 km2) cemetery."  
  2. ^ Alex Witchel (May 8, 2000). "Blown Sideways, but Landing on Broadway". New York Times.  
  3. ^ Cahiers Lithuaniens, 30 Nov 2005


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