Summer Sundays: New York Marble Cemetery Open Gate Days

The NYU Office of Government and Community Affairs is happy to promote the following free and public event from one of our non-profit neighbors:


Check out one of New York's hidden treasures, smack in the middle of the East Village. Opened in 1830, the New York Marble Cemetery is one of the city's best kept secrets – and you're invited to explore it on select days this summer and fall.


The New York Marble Cemetery (sometimes called the Second Avenue Cemetery) is the oldest public, non-sectarian burial ground in New York City. Designated a New York City Landmark and included on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cemetery is comprised of subterranean marble vaults built at a time when fears of a yellow fever epidemic had outlawed in-earth burials. Instead of headstones, marble plaques were set into the Cemetery’s walls, leaving a oasis of tranquil green space in the bustling East Village.

You can find the entrance to the Cemetery at 41 1/2 Second Avenue, between Second and Third Streets, through two pairs of locked iron gates. It is open in nice weather the fourth Sunday of each month, April through October and in mid-October for Open House New York.

Sunday, June 23 - Open Gate
Sunday, July 28 - Open Gate
Sunday, August 18 - Open Gate
Sunday, September 22 - Open Gate
Saturday, October 12 - OHNY: Open House New York
Sunday, October 13 - OHNY: Open House New York
Sunday, October 27 - Open Gate (last of the season)