Green-Wood Cemetery is New York’s best kept secret. Aside from being a National Historic Landmark with history and burials dating back to the 19th Century, boasting incredible views of the city and acres of beautiful woodlands, it’s also home to the city’s most breathtaking blooming trees. At one point or another during spring you can find blooming here all varieties of cherry blossoms, dogwood trees, magnolias, apple trees, etc. The best part about all this? You get this all to yourself because there’s hardly anyone around.
There is nothing at all like the frenzy of the annual Sakura Matsuri festival at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
There is no need to fight anyone to the death for that coveted spot by a cherry blossom to take a selfie. You can simply walk through an alley of cherry blossoms, while delicate petals fall on you like snow, imagine yourself a heroine of some shoujo manga, take as many photos and selfies as you please, and there is no one around for miles to judge you. Except ghosts. But they are not judging, they’re just photobombing (link not for the faint-hearted).
The cemetery was not always so quiet. In 1860’s it was actually one of the nation’s top tourist attractions. From Green-Wood’s historical page: “Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.”
And I suppose now that everyone’s hanging out in Central and Prospect Parks and is slightly put off by the concept of a cemetery, Green-Wood’s lush landscape, incredible history and architecture, remain largely unvisited. Part of me hopes that more people discover the magic of Green-Wood, and the other part of me wishes that Green-Wood always remains this hidden away piece of tranquility right in the heart of Brooklyn.
I love visiting Green-Wood during all seasons, but it’s especially stunning in Spring. For our leisurely walk there I chose a more conservative outfit: Tommy Hilfiger navy blue shirt (similar) paired with a dark green skirt that I purchased this past winter and I’ve been dying to wear more once it gets warmer (similar in teal color). Midi skirts are so fun and versatile. You can pair them with tanks & t-shirts, and with button-downs for a classier look. I need more midi skirts.
Also, a varsity jacket to complete the look and make it more casual. I stole the jacket from girlfriend who, I’m pretty sure, bought from the men’s section (something like this). <3
Special thanks to girlfriend for being ever diligent when taking photos of me and letting me steal her clothes and to spring for gracing us with such great weather and gorgeous blooms.