WASHINGTON CEMETERY, Borough Park — Midwood

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While Green-Wood and perhaps Evergreens get all the Brooklyn cemetery publicity, there’s another one smack in the center of the borough that’s fairly unnoticed, except if you are looking out the window of the F train en route to Coney Island or toward Manhattan. Washington Cemetery has been in Kings County since the mid-1850s, and while it has a primarily Jewish clientele today, that wasn’t always the case; cemetery founder James Arlington Bennett is interred within. He was also an educator and ran for Vice-President in 1840 on a ticket with Joseph Smith, author of the Book of Mormon and founder of the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

The cemetery is divided into five separate numbered cemeteries divided by 20th and 21st Avenue, Bay Parkway, McDonald Avenue and Ocean Parkway. Cemetery #1 is east of McDonald Avenue and #2-5 are between McDonald and 19th Avenue. The main entrance is on Bay Parkway near McDonald Avenue.

You won’t find a lot of big names here, but Jerry Sterner (1938-2001), author of the play “Other People’s Money” is here; his headstone readsĀ ”Finally, a plot.”

5/20/14

 





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4 Responses to WASHINGTON CEMETERY, Borough Park — Midwood

  1. Bill Tweeddale says:

    In the 50′s-60′s we used to hang out in the cemetery off of 20th Ave, doing what kids do. Parts of it were so densely packed with grave stones that it was like an obstacle course just getting there. I believe the cemetery scene from the movie The House On Carroll Street was filmed in Washington Cemetery, looking down from the Bay Parkway station of the “F” train.

  2. Simon B. says:

    I believe that a scene from “Brighton Beach Memoirs” was also shot there

  3. Tom says:

    My wife’s grandparents are buried at Washington Cemetery in a section originally associated with the city of Bobruisk in what is now Belarus. It appears the society was no longer active and whoever ran it sold off any remaining plots. Now wedged into the older graves are newer graves of Russian Jews.

  4. Jack says:

    I once spoke to the manager of the cemetery who claimed that one of the earliest burials there was for a young girl that was “killed by a bear” on Ocean Parkway, I dont know the veracity of the story or if there was even an “Ocean Parkway” when this allegedly happened but thought I would share for what its worth.

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