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Cemetery of the Evergreens to get $1.3M grant for storm recovery


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Although Hurricane Sandy happened almost nearly three years ago, a local cemetery is now getting financial assistance to clean up from damages incurred during the October 2012 superstorm.

The Cemetery of the Evergreens, which sits on the Glendale/Bushwick border, will receive two grants totaling $1.3 million as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to restore 16 historically significant properties across New York State that sustained damaged during Sandy.

“Many of New York’s historic properties endured the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy and as a result, have fallen into a state of disrepair,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With this funding, we are helping our communities rebuild these New York State treasures back stronger and more resilient than before. In the end, they will better withstand the threat of future storms and continue to serve as economic and educational assets in their communities.”

During Sandy, the 166-year-old Cemetery of the Evergreens, also known as the Evergreens Cemetery, experienced extreme winds that caused trees to topple and destroy several monuments and gravestones. A $1 million grant will aid the cemetery in removing debris from fallen trees, finish landscape restorations and repair the damaged gravestones and monuments.

“The money from the grants will go to pay for new trees that we have to replace. We had a lot of damage done from existing trees,” said Julie Bose, president of the Cemetery of the Evergreens. “Some of it was not immediate damage. We are just delighted and grateful for this grant. I think some people don’t realize that the effects of Hurricane Sandy are still being felt.”

Photo courtesy Cemetery of the Evergreens

Photo courtesy of Cemetery of the Evergreens

The Evergreens Cemetery Preservation Foundation will also receive an additional $320,000 grant to fund an extensive cultural landscape report to assess the damage to the landscape caused by Sandy and provide both short- and long-term treatment plans.

“We are very welcoming to the neighborhood and we want people to come and explore the beauty of this space, not only those that have loved ones buried here, but the community as a whole,” Bose said. “We want this to be a welcoming place.”

The funds for the grants are provided by the National Park Service and administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

In total, Cuomo issued $6.2 million in grants for the restoration of historic properties around the state that were damaged in the superstorm, including Lookout Hill, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Jones Beach State Park, among others.

Last year, Cuomo awarded more than $5 million in grants to restore 14 historic properties that incurred severe damage from Sandy.

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Volunteers help preserve historic Queens cemetery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Prospect Cemetery, the oldest burial ground in Queens, held its annual preservation program on Tuesday with the help of local organizations.

Members of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Historic Fund, along with eight French and American volunteers and interns, helped repair some of the Jamaica burial ground by erecting toppled headstones, leveling bases and securing the tombstones to the bases.

“It’s wonderful to have Green-Wood’s help in our cemetery revitalization initiative,” said Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. “The conservancy and our partners have made great strides in recent years to preserve and conserve the important cultural resource.”

Prospect Cemetery, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, was a colonial burial ground when it first opened, with tombstones dating back to 1668. It is the resting place of some of Queens’ most prominent families with such names as Van Wyck, Sutphin and Brinkerhoff. The cemetery is owned by the city’s Parks Department which has been making preservation strides for the site for the last 15 years.

“With its rich 346-year-old history and picturesque tombstones, Prospect Cemetery is an important part of the New York landscape,” said Richard Moylan, president of Green-Wood. “Green-Wood is proud to reach across the borough and contribute to Prospect’s ongoing preservation work.”


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Construction expansion begun at Mount Lebanon Cemetery


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Mount Lebanon has announced that construction has begun for the expansion of The Sanctuary, New York City’s only above-ground Jewish Community Mausoleum.

Located in Glendale, Mount Lebanon has responded to the ever-growing trend toward above-ground burial with the construction of three public mausoleums. A public or community mausoleum at Mount Lebanon gives Jewish families the opportunity to be entombed above ground, in a single or double crypt space, without the expense of constructing a private building. The Sanctuary also has niche walls, which provide an above-ground place for cremated remains. Above-ground burial is a one-time cost. There are no additional expenses like memorial stones or gardening maintenance.

The Sanctuary at Mount Lebanon, constructed in 1992, is the first Jewish indoor mausoleum in New York City. A chapel area is the focal point of the building, which provides space for funeral or unveiling services.

Since most of the indoor spaces at The Sanctuary have been reserved, the cemetery developed plans for a significant expansion.

“This is a memorable time in the history of the cemetery,” said Jay L. Ivler, president. “While we also continue to provide a variety of traditional burial options, we also can now provide individuals and families who seek an above-ground option in year-round climate controlled comfort.”

Mount Lebanon is located at 7800 Myrtle Avenue. To learn more, call 718-821-0200 or visit www.mountlebanoncemetery.com.