More people are buried at Calvary Cemetery, in Queens, New York, than in any other cemetery in the United States. 

“Calvary Cemetery is by far the most important burial ground in the vicinity of New York, and, in fact, in the United States in point of interments, extent, and the number of monuments and headstones that go to make it a wilderness of rising tombstones.”

-The Leonard Manual of the Cemeteries of New York and Vicinity, 1901

This episode is focused on the history of the cemetery, what it’s like to visit it nowadays, and some of the most interesting people buried there.

Highlights include:
• The Cemetery Belt, a collection of NYC cemeteries that can be seen from space
• A rich man who died in a barn
• A Black, queer communist author and poet
• Rome’s ancient catacombs
• Some NYC mobsters
• A female author who grew up in a castle
• A NYC cop who was assassinated in Sicily

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Photos taken in and around Calvary Cemetery, Queens, in April and May 2020

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Sources consulted RE: Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York

Websites RE: Calvary Cemetery, Queens, New York

  • More about Joe Masseria: https://newtownpentacle.com/2010/10/29/the-man-who-could-dodge-bullets/
  • Vistors guide of Calvary Cemetery in “brooklyn” (1876):
    https://archive.org/stream/visitorsguidetoc02broo?ref=ol#page/14/mode/2up
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Queens
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  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Petrosino
  • https://calvarycemeteryqueens.com/cemetery-map/
  • https://www.brownstoner.com/history/st-raphaels-r-c-church/
  • Atlas and directory to the plots and grounds of Calvary cemetery
    https://openlibrary.org/works/OL15372992W/Atlas_and_directory_to_the_plots_and_grounds_of_Calvary_cemetery
  • The Leonard manual of the cemeteries of New York and vicinity 1 edition
    https://openlibrary.org/works/OL12735678W/The_Leonard_manual_of_the_cemeteries_of_New_York_and_vicinity
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