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The burial ground in Prospect Park

December 9, 2008

Walk into Prospect Park at the 15th Street and Prospect Park West entrance and head toward the woods off Center Drive. On the other side of a barbed-wire fence is a hidden little Quaker cemetery that predates Prospect Park. 

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Unfortunately the entrance is always closed to park-goers, and you can’t get close enough to read the modest, unadorned gravestones. But it’s neat nonetheless. Not a bad deal to have your final resting place in a beautiful city park, right?

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It’s safe to assume that the Brooklynites buried here were ordinary citizens. But there’s one famous name who managed to make it in. Actor Montgomery Clift was laid to rest here after he died of a heart attack in his Manhattan townhouse in 1966.

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