13. New York Marble Cemetery, Manhattan
Courtesy of the New York Marble Cemetery
The New York Marble Cemetery (not be confused with the New York City Marble Cemetery, below) located in the East Village, is the oldest public non-sectarian cemetery in New York City. It was founded in 1830 during a time when yellow fever outbreaks made New York City residents hesitant to bury their dead in coffins at shallow depths below ground and a policy had prohibited earthen burials. Thus, all of these burials are in 156 underground family vaults made of white marble. The majority of these 2,080 interments occurred between 1830 and 1870, and its last one took place in 1937.