Running in Green-Wood Cemetery, but for one day only - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Running in Green-Wood Cemetery, but for one day only

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Generally we subscribe to the notion that if you find yourself running in a graveyard something has gone terribly wrong. But for six hours Friday, we buried that theory and joined joggers at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood cemetery.

"It's glorious, yeah. The views over the water," one runner told us. "You can see downtown Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty."

At 175 years old, Green-Wood normally forbids running. But it briefly opened its gates to those athletes displaced from Prospect Park by the president's visit.

"We felt like it was the neighborly thing to do since so many Brooklynites are training for the marathon," said Chelsea Dowell, the manager of programs and membership. "It's a real treasure trove of New York City and American history."

The chance to pitter patter past Samuel Morse, weave around the inventor of the sewing machine, and climb the tallest point in Brooklyn to toss a tired nod at Minerva waving at Liberty, waving back at the goddess, proved too good for a handful of those joggers to pass up.

"It's really, really beautiful and I'm sorry I never came and walked around before," said another runner.

But with more than half a million graves on nearly 500 acres, runners stand little chance of recognizing any of this history. After all, it's tough to pick out Bill the Butcher when you're running right by him.

"I don't know where they are," a runner said. "This place is humongous."

Indeed.

We found Leonard Bernstein's modest plot, Boss Tweed's gated final resting place, and Currier with Ives nowhere in sight.

But somewhere out there we knew of abolitionists and Roosevelts, 5,000 Civil War vets and one owner of the Dodgers, who eluded us.

"It's really hard to see it all," Dowell said.

Whether future marathoners couldn't find notorious graves or preferred not to nearly two centuries of Seldens, Grants, Hammonds, Fitz-Geralds, Kerrs, and Palmers provided runners with the largest audience they'd see until race day.

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • New York's microbrew industry growing

    New York's microbrew industry growing

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:39:52 GMT
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
    Local and small beer brewing companies have something to toast. The Brewers Association says microbrew sales grew in the first half of this year; up 18 percent over the same period last year. This comes at a time when overall domestic beer consumption is flat.Ethan Long, one of the owners of the Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, started brewing beer two years ago.
  • Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Mayor de Blasio, Bratton seek to improve police-community relations

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:47:07 GMT
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
    Back from vacation, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing the allegations of police choke holds. Standing next to his police commissioner and standing by him, de Blasio declared police community relations will improve by Bill Bratton's call for retraining of officers. The mayor did say that police choke holds are not acceptable.
  • New 'head stomp' police brutality video sparks outrage

    New 'head stomp' police brutality video sparks outrage

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-27 03:13:51 GMT
    For the third time in just a few weeks, a new video showing police brutality has surfaced and it's sparking outrage. The video from Brooklyn appears to show an NYPD officer step on a suspect's head.
    For the third time in just a few weeks, a new video showing police brutality has surfaced and it's sparking outrage. The video from Brooklyn appears to show an NYPD officer step on a suspect's head.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices