Sunday, March 22, 2009

Death in Queens

I took this from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway at the Kosciuszko Bridge. There's an expression that says you go to Brooklyn to get married and go to Queens to die. Brooklyn has a lot of churches, and Queens has a lot of cemeteries. Twenty nine, to be exact. And five million people are buried in them.

This one, Calvary Cemetery, is the biggest cemetery I've ever seen. It's managed by Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Wikipedia says that in the mid-1800s, half the people being buried there were the "Irish poor" under seven years old, due to a cholera epedimic in New York. There are now three million people buried at Calvary Cemetery. They're going to have to turn to cremation pretty soon if they want to fit anyone else in here.

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