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

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>>

  • Islamic State group threat expanding

    Islamic State group threat expanding

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-09-17 10:09:36 GMT
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
    New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city.
  • Notes with swastikas and 'Uber' found in Brooklyn

    Notes with swastikas and 'Uber' found in Brooklyn

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:05:20 GMT
    The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is working to track down whoever posted dozens of stickers and fliers with swastikas and the word "Uber" in Brooklyn. The stickers and flyers filled with images of hate were placed outside a Jewish boys' school on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. A Shomrim safety patrol spotted the stickers on the sidewalk and in the gutters, police said.
    The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is working to track down whoever posted dozens of stickers and fliers with swastikas and the word "Uber" in Brooklyn. The stickers and flyers filled with images of hate were placed outside a Jewish boys' school on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. A Shomrim safety patrol spotted the stickers on the sidewalk and in the gutters, police said.
  • Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Smoking rates on the rise in New York City

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:03 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:03:52 GMT
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
    For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.  Sixteen percent of adult New Yorkers smoked in 2013, up from 14 percent in 2010, which was the city's lowest recorded rate, according to the findings released by New York City's Department of Health.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices