A look at Lawrence Family Cemetery in Astoria, NY, a small family cemetery dating from the 1600s, tucked into a residential neighborhood in New York City.

The Lawrences were an old family from Queens, New York, arriving in the area in the 1600s and buying land all over. Despite the destruction of many family cemeteries in NYC over the centuries, two Lawrence cemeteries have survived, one of which is in an Astoria man’s backyard.

The cemetery, surrounded by both a stone wall and a chain link fence, is closed to the public, though curious onlookers can peer through its iron gate and see a variety of tombstones, some of which belong to veterans of the Revolutionary war.

Highlights include:
• Forgotten cemeteries
• Accidentally scaring local cemetery owners
• A lost shoreline
• Inheriting a cemetery

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Sources consulted RE: Lawrence Family Cemetery

Books

Articles

  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Jul 2, 1903 · Page 10
  • Brooklyn Times Union (Brooklyn, New York) · Thu, Nov 3, 1870 · Page 3

Websites

  • https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/1966907/lawrence-cemetery
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2010/10/bowery-baynorth-astoria-queens/
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/18/nyregion/nyc-news-rikers-island.html
  • https://qns.com/2021/03/mayor-signs-queens-councilman-renewable-rikers-act-into-law/
  • https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-rikers-covid-ruling-20210219-56juh2eccvb4jg7hxwxdfvnv34-story.html
  • https://qns.com/2021/03/mayor-signs-queens-councilman-renewable-rikers-act-into-law/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikers_Island#COVID-19_crisis
  • https://newtownpentacle.com/tag/bowery-bay/
  • https://rihs.us/2020/09/09/wednesday-september-9-2020-wpa-architecture-found-in-unlikely-place/
  • https://www.qchron.com/editions/western/landmark-cemetery-owner-s-call-for-help-is-heeded-in-astoria/article_fd09df4b-c4cd-51ae-bf6b-c9905004501e.html
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2012/01/north-astoria-queens/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2012/01/north-astoria-queens-part-2/
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/astoria-characters-the-ca_2_b_915833
  • Lawrence Cemetery Google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lawrence+Cemetery/@40.7775676,-73.9056275,3a,75y,161.24h,99.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCZw8qzAceYKfel0pAPXHsA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c25f643d061421:0xe5447ac8f6f12426!8m2!3d40.7773027!4d-73.9056237?hl=en
  • https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=162550
  • https://www.givemeastoria.com/2020/10/28/astoria-man-breathes-life-into-forgotten-family-cemetery/
  • https://www.brownstoner.com/history/a-look-at-lawrence-cemetery-astoria/
  • https://forgotten-ny.com/2020/10/lawrence-family-cemetery-astoria/
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilio_guerra/5326285917/
  • http://www.neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org/db/bb_files/66—LAWRENCE-FAMILY-GRAVEYARD.pdf

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