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16 of NYC's Smallest Cemeteries, By Number of Interments_Bayside Cemetery_Featured_Queens_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierThe small Bayside Cemetery in Queens. Image via Corner by Corner

Considering everything else that New York City has to offer, New Yorkers probably don’t dwell on the city’s smallest cemeteries too often. However, when we actually looked into it, New York City is filled with small, even hidden, cemeteries; most of us just don’t notice them. Thus, for this list, we’ve chosen some of the smallest cemeteries (by their number of interments) around the five boroughs of New York City, in case you missed them.

14. The Quaker Burial Ground at Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Quaker NYQM cemetery Prospect Park Brooklyn-NYC New York-Untapped CitiesThe secluded 10-acre Quaker cemetery in Prospect Park. Source: New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Though it has about 2000 gravestones, many probably don’t know about this hidden Quaker cemetery in Prospect Park. This property, the only private one in the park, is a cemetery owned by the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers). The Quakers bought the property, which was then just undeveloped farmland, in 1849 but burials at this cemetery date as far back as the 1820s. Although Prospect Park opened in 1867, the gravestones remained and the site is still active.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m sure you know you have left out many tiny cemeteries throughout the city. Here’s one that might interest you; http://www.junipercivic.com/historyArticle.asp?nid=17#.VpezyhUrLIU. The Pullis Family Cemetery in Juniper Park, Queens.
    I’d also like to point out that the African Burial Ground in Manhattan is really the most hidden of all since the portion uncovered in the 1990s represents perhaps 15 to 20% of the entire burial ground which was completely built over and forgotten in the early 19th century. Historians studying the documents relating to this cemetery surmise that there were 8,000 to 10,000 burials total in the African Burial Grounds, most of which still lies below the buildings surrounding the monument site. Cheers, Matthew Cummings

  2. Joseph Ditta says:

    I’m sorry, but how, exactly, does Trinity Cemetery qualify as “small?” Perhaps you mean Trinity Churchyard, which is definitely smaller than Trinity Cemetery, but by no means small when compared to other tiny burial grounds.

  3. Karen Kane says:

    You’ve left out many interesting cemeteries on Staten Island including Blazing Star where my Perrin ancestors are buried.

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