The Newtown Pentacle

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sepulchral adorations

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Tour announcements, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On August 22nd, your humble narrator will be offering a walking tour of First Calvary Cemetery in LIC’s Blissville neighborhood. First Calvary was founded in 1848 by the Roman Catholic Church and is one of the most amazing spots to experience in the Borough of Queens. It sits alongside the Newtown Creek, and is hemmed in by automotive expressways.

The walking tour will meet up at the corners of Greenpoint and Review Avenues at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 22nd and will be two hours long (give or take).

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The narrated walk will play out over several shallow grassy hills. If mobility is a issue for you, this might not be the tour for you, accordingly. We will enter the cemetery on the Newtown Creek side, and exit on Greenpoint Avenue nearby the Bantry Bay Public House and the Long Island Expressway.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

On the path through First Calvary Cemetery, several noteworthy New Yorkers who are interred there will be discussed, and amongst other attractions we will visit a theoretically unique place on the Earth – the colonial era Alsop Cemetery, which is a Protestant burying ground entirely enclosed within a Roman Catholic cemetery.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Calvary hosts multiple valleys of mausolea which are amongst the finest examples of Victorian era funerary architecture found in NYC, and certainly so in Queens. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended, as is a hat or parasol to shield you from the late August sun. Dressing appropriately for late summer weather goes without saying. Bring your camera, as this landscape is spectacular, and a visual feast.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Commanding views of the NYS DOT’s Kosciuszko Bridge reconstruction project will also be experienced.

Additionally, my pal from Newtown Creek Alliance – Will Elkins – and I, will be narrating on two Newtown Creek Boat tours on September 3rd for the Open House NY organization. Ticketing links for both excursions are found below.

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Upcoming Tours –

August 22nd, 2015
First Calvary Cemetery – LIC, Queens Walking Tour
click here for details and tickets.

September 3rd, 2015
Newtown Creek Boat Tour
with Open House NY, click here for details and tickets.

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  1. Can we get a Senior Citizen discount?

    georgetheatheist . . . El Cheapo

    August 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    • Didn’t set that one up, but I could slip you back a five the day of, as an alta cocker discount.

      Mitch Waxman

      August 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  2. can you repeat cemetery tour sometime? can’t make this one.


    August 14, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  3.  would love it if you repeat cemetery tour.  can’t go on this one.Rosemary

    Rosemary Goldford

    August 14, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    • Likely going to in the late fall with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce – I’ll post it here at Newtown Pentacle.

      Mitch Waxman

      August 14, 2015 at 8:36 pm

  4. Could not access the ticket and information page. And will you conduct this tour in the Fall? Only found out about this today. Thanks.

    Mary Ann Daly

    August 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    • weird, I can see it fine. yes, we are likely going to do Calvary again in the fall, and walk ups are always welcome – Greenpoint avenue at review at 11 am

      Mitch Waxman

      August 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

  5. […] 11 a.m. tomorrow, I’ll be narrating (humbly) a walking tour of First Calvary Cemetery here in LIC’s Blissville neighborhood. I will be at the northeast corner of Greenpoint and […]

  6. This was a great tour. Mitch had so much information about the neighborhood (past and present), people buried in First Calvary, Newton Creek and the Kosciuszko Bridge.

    Mary Jean Pagona

    August 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  7. I found myself back in the sepulchral city resenting the sight of people hurrying through the streets to filch a little money from each other, to devour their infamous cookery, to gulp their unwholesome beer, to dream their insignificant and silly dreams. They trespassed upon my thoughts.

    Freddy Bowie

    September 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm

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