5th avenue & 25th street, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 210-3080, ext 1
DescriptionGreen-Wood Cemetery's main entrance is located at 5th Ave, and 25th Street, Brooklyn. Parking is allowed on the right-hand side of any of the "streets.'
This venue is 478 acres, with hills, valley, ponds and paths. Most of the paths are paved.
Accessible restrooms are located near the main entrance and at the Prospect Park West entrance.
- Attraction Type: park, popular place
Location of accessible spaces: parking is allowed on the right-hand side of any of the "streets"
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: depends on where you park
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: some hills, valleys. etc.
Places to rest: some benches throughout
Paths and walkways: most are paved
Location of accessible entrance: all are accessible
Number of floors: all outside
Steps and staircases: some steps to monuments
Width of aisles: mostly ample space
Places to sit: some benches
Location of restrooms: accessible restrooms are at main entrance and Prospect Park West entrance
Type of restroom: accessible
Ease of entry and exit: OK
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: none
Friendliness of staff: our tour guide was amazing
Green-wood Cemetery is a 478 acre cemetery, located several blocks from Prospect Park in Brooklyn. Besides having over 570,000 permanent residents, (including some as famous as Leonard Bernstein, DeWitt Clinton and Louis Comfort Tiffany), it is a National Historic Landmark, Revolutionary War Historic Site, arboretum, cultural institution and outdoor museum! It offers walking and trolley tours, art installations and seasonal events. It also boasts magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline. This world renowned venue even has a chapel that can accommodate weddings!
Built in 1838, it was one of the first “rural” cemeteries in America. When churches were running out of room to bury their dead next to the church, “rural” cemeteries that were not on church grounds were established.
A Green-wood Trolley Tour allows you to “…explore the Cemetery’s historic landscape and fascinating permanent residents.” (website)
The tour “involves some walking, uneven terrain and some steps, but attendees may stay seated in the trolley.”
A friend invited my better half and me to join her better half and her on a tour. She purchased the tickets for all of us. The tours sell out quickly when they are posted online, so you need to check their calendar to see when they will be available.
Parking was quite easy. You are allowed to park on the right-hand side of any path. We got a spot quite close to where the trolley leaves from (near the historic Chapel at the Main Entrance at 5th Ave and 25th St.)
The tour is narrated by a “live” person. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about any question that was thrown at him. He was a “wealth of information” and happy to share it with all. The two-hour tour make several stops that involved walking, some uneven terrain and some steps. He was very conscious of everyone’s needs and made sure that no one felt rushed about getting to any of the places off the trolley. Attendees were also welcome to stay seated in the trolley if they felt it was too much for them. When everyone was back on, he made sure to give a good description of what we had seen, to those that stayed on. It was fascinating – not to mention quite beautiful. It was like touring a beautiful park with tons of history thrown in! Just a note that the Cemetery is used as a park by many. We encountered many joggers and walkers enjoying the grounds!
Accessible restrooms are located near the main entrance and at the Prospect Park West entrance. The one near the main entrance is close to the trolley tour.
“The Cemetery is ADA compliant, but arrangements must be made in advance to accommodate wheelchair or other mobility aids. One needs to call (718) 210-3080, ext. 1,” to set this up. We recommend that you start early, as it may take some time for someone to call you back. You are asked to leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back. It may be better to send an email with your concerns and you name and phone number where you can be reached.
We have been told that trolleys are ADA accessible. They can accommodate two wheelchairs at a time. There is a lift to get into the trolley. Wheelchairs are able to be locked in place during the tour. The lift is also used for anyone who has trouble using the steps.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.green-wood.com, when planning a visit, to “know before you go,”