Local disruptive behaviours at a Brooklyn cemetery may force management to close their doors to the public during the pandemic.
Looking for an escape from the confines of their homes, Brooklynites have been seeking out their local cemetery. The 182-year-old, national historic landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery, is an icon in Brooklyn. Active in attracting visitors and creating interesting programs so the community will utilize the space and hopefully remember the souls they are surrounded by.
The cemetery has continued to be very accommodating to cooped up locals by opening up its additional entrances so that more areas can be easily accessed and the space enjoyed. However, a few have abused the space enough that the managers are threatening to close the facility until the lockdown is over.
The cemetery rules are clearly displayed, yet some visitors feel above them, by riding bikes, walking dogs, climbing trees, and taking flowers off of gravestones. The cemetery president, Richard Moylan, wrote; “Green-Wood is a cemetery. It is an arboretum, and a place of tranquility. It is not a place of recreation.”
With the weather improving as summer approaches, the property is now forced to work with volunteers who will monitor the facility and keep the few from ruining the space for the many.