9. The Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, Manhattan


Since it’s nestled between some tall buildings on West 21st street, it’s easy to walk right past the Third Cemetery of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue, where 250 people are buried. The land for this cemetery was purchased in 1829 and operated until 1851, when a law prohibiting the burial of people south of 86th street in Manhattan took effect.

This cemetery is from the oldest Jewish congregation in North America called the Congregation Shearith Israel, which had to move four times since its its 1654 founding. Thus, there are two other, even smaller, cemeteries that were part of this organization, which we’ll mention a little later on this list.