To travel through the cemeteries of New York is to travel through the hidden history of what some consider to be the greatest city in the world. Today at noon, join writer Jessica Ferri on a virtual talk to celebrate the launch of her book Silent Cities New York: Hidden Histories of the Region’s Cemeteries. The book covers not only the city’s greats — Green-Wood Cemetery, Woodlawn, and those on the Cemetery Belt in Brooklyn, but also those just outside like Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, and the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery.

Belmont Mausoleum Ava VanderbiltPhoto by Jessica Ferri

The talk today will focus on the treasures and stories to be found in Woodlawn Cemetery, including the stunning Belmont Mausoleum where Ava Vanderbilt rests, the Woolworth Mausoleum, the burial places of Duke Ellington, Nely Bly, and more.

Woolworth MausoleumPhoto by Jessica Ferri

Jessica Ferri is a freelance writer whose work has been published by The New Yorker’s Page Turner Blog, The Economist, NPR, Time Out New York, he Barnes and Noble Review, and The Daily Beast, where she is a regular contributor on books.
Jessica has always harbored a passion for the macabre, whether it be horror movies, cemeteries, true crime, haunted histories, Charles Addams, the list goes on. She launched Silent Cities (silent_._cities) as a travelogue through Instagram, where she chronicled the incredible cemeteries she’d visit along with their unique and largely forgotten stories. The project immediately garnered the interest of a niche but very dedicated community of people who are fascinated by cemeteries and the secrets they hold. Grab a copy of the book here!

This live talk is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code STAYHOME (or three months free with a yearly plan). A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Virtual Content section of our website.