Aerial view of Woodlawn Cemetery. Image via Sanstead
Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is not exactly unknown as it’s one of the largest cemeteries in New York City with a wide array of famous people buried there. But there is plenty about the cemetery that many denizens of New York do not know making some of the following secrets are certainly untapped.
Woodlawn is the final resting place of many notable people. Burial plots include those of investigative reporter Nelly Bly, author Herman Melville, composer and lyricist Irving Berlin, and “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz. Frank Winfield Woolworth, founder of the F.W. Woolworth company is also buried at Woodlawn. At the time of his death in 1919 Woolworth was worth approximately $76.5 million dollars and his $65 million dollar company had 1,000 stores internationally.