Many people wonder where those that die in New York City are buried. Well, since the 19th century, when burials in Manhattan were banned, Queens has been known for its cemeteries that stretch for miles across rolling hills and are host to thousands of gravesites.
In many densely-populated neighborhoods, the burials grounds occupy the high ground because they predate the residential necessity of the location, but the cemeteries house the ancestors of many of the occupants of these neighborhoods.
Check out the following list of cemeteries located in Queens and discover more about the long history of burials in New York City along the way. If creepy yet hauntingly beautiful gravesites are your idea of a good adventure, look no further than these cemeteries.
Calvary Cemetery: Woodside
Calvary Cemetery, located along the border of Long Island City and Woodside in Queens, was the first cemetery established in New York City outside of Manhattan and consecrated by Archbishop John Hughes in August 1848.
Since its foundation, Calvary Cemetery has acquired more land and been split into four major divisions: Old, Second, Third, and Fourth Calvary Cemeteries. The cemetery now extends over 365 acres, which have been divided into 71 sections, and people are still buried in plots here today, though the land is now fully developed.
Address: 49-02 Laurel Hill Boulevard, Woodside, NY 11377
Website: Calvary Cemetery
Saint John's Cemetery: Middle Village
Saint John's Cemetery is one of nine official Roman Catholic burial sites in New York City and is among the largest cemeteries in New York state, stretching from Middle Village in Queens to Brooklyn
Established in 1879, this massive cemetery is the burial site of a number of high-society individuals from the City's luxurious past including former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, crime boss Lucky Luciano, and America's first female Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
Address: 80-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379
Website: Saint John's Cemetery
Flushing Cemetery: Flushing
The Flushing Cemetery stretches over 75 acres and still offers both traditional burials and internments of cremains in a Memorial Garden.
This cemetery was first established in 1853 and has since served as the final resting place for over 41,000 people; among those buried here are Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
Address: 163-06 46th Avenue Flushing, NY 11358,
Website: Flushing Cemetery Association
Mount St. Mary Cemetery: Flushing
This smaller Catholic cemetery was first established during the Civil War, during the summer of 1862. Father O’Beime, the pastor of St. Michael Parish acquired six acres of farmland for fallen soldiers whose families lived nearby.
This cemetery now encompasses nearly 54 acres of land and still offers Catholic burials on site for families that live within the confines of the diocese.
Address: 172-00 Booth Memorial Ave, Flushing, NY 11365
Website: Mount Saint Mary Cemetery
Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium: Middle Village
Established in 1884, this crematory still operates today and offers services to all faiths who wish to cremate the remains of their loved ones, though it does not offer any storage facilities for the ashes and urns.
Address: 61-40 Mount Olivet Crescent, Middle Village, NY 11379
Website: Fresh Pond Crematory
Mount Zion Cemetery: Maspeth
This Jewish cemetery has been offering funeral services and burial plots to the New York City Jewish Community for over 100 years. Since the first burial in 1893, there have been over 210,000 burials to date.
Address: 59-63 54th Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378
Website: Mount Zion Cemetery
Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery: Middle Village
Founded in 1850 and incorporated in 1852, the All Faiths Cemetery was established as a way for impoverished communities to be able to afford burial sites in the city by the Reverend Dr. F. W. Geissenhainer.
Address: 67-29 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, NY 11379
Website: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery
Cypress Hills Cemetery: Glendale
Although the main entrance is in Brooklyn, most of Cypress Hills Cemetery is within the borough of Queens. There is an additional entrance to Cooper Ave & 68th St in Glendale.
This 225-acre features two mausoleums and a number of amazing tombstones from its 160-year history. Cypress Hill Cemetery as first developed in 1848, the year of the Gold Rush and was the first of its kind: one for all faiths.
Address: 833 Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Website: Cypress Hills Cemetery
Mount Hebron Cemetery: Flushing
This Jewish cemetery was first established in 1909 and still acts as a full-service cemetery that offers burials as well as cremation services for members of New York City's Jewish Community.
Since its founding, Mount Hebron has conducted over 217,000 burials and established a number of Memorial Walls to commemorate the dead among the Jewish Community.
Address: 132-04 Horace Harding Exwy, Flushing, NY 11367
Website: Mount Hebron Cemetery
Cedar Grove Cemetery: Flushing
Cedar Grove Cemetery borders Mount Hebron but offers funeral services to all faiths and was first established in 1893, but has significantly less space than the Jewish cemetery with only 36,000 burials to date.
People of many different nationalities and religions are buried within the walls of Cedar Grove including African, South American, Armenian, Chinese, Indian, and Russian nationals who moved to the United States in the early 20th century.
Address: 130-04 Horace Harding Exwy, Flushing, NY 11367
Website: Cedar Grove Cemetery
Maple Grove Cemetery: Kew Gardens
Established in 1875, the Maple Grove Cemetery was the first to be created through an association rather than direct funding. Since then, it has served as the final resting place for a number of noteworthy New Yorkers including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Lavern Baker, radio pioneer Alfred Grebe, and cartoonist Martin Branner.
Address: 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Website: Maple Grove Cemetery
Mount Carmel Cemetery: Glendale
Mount Carmel is named after a Biblical mountain and established over 100 years ago in 1906. It currently stretches over 100 acres near the border of Queens and Brooklyn and still services the Jewish Community of New York City.
Mount Carmel offers a final resting place to over 85,000 Jewish people, including many important figures in art and politics for Jewish Americans like Sholem Aleichem, Meyer London, Jacob Adler, and Abraham Cahan.
Address: 83-45 Cypress Hills St, Glendale, NY 11385
Website: Mount Carmel Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery: Maspeth
This beautiful "garden cemetery" features winding roads and lush vegetation carefully curated for over 150 years. Mount Olivet Cemetery was founded as a non-sectarian burial site and currently expands over 71 acres.
Mount Olivet is the final resting place for 25 Union soldiers (and 17 of their wives) from the Civil War era, and in 2000, the Sons of Union Veterans helped organize a replacement of the monuments there dedicated to those fallen soldiers.
Address: 65-40 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378
Website: Mount Olivet Cemetery
Mount Judah Cemetery: Ridgewood
Although Mount Judah Cemetery was first established in 1908 as Highland View Cemetery, it took four years for the roads to be mapped out and installed, so the first burial did not take place here until 1912.
Since then, over 54,000 burials have taken place at Mount Judah, which exclusively offers burial sites to members of the Jewish faith.
Address: 81-14 Cypress Avenue Ridgewood, NY 11385
Website: Mount Judah Cemetery
Mount Lebanon Cemetery: Glendale
The Mount Lebanon Cemetery serves the Jewish Community of New York City and is still maintained by one of the founding families to this day. Since its first burial in May of 1915, there have been over 90,000 interments established at Mount Lebanon.
The grounds of Mount Lebanon Cemetery feature three mausoleums: the outdoor Community Mausoleum of 1982, the garden mausoleum of 1985, and The Sanctuary of 1992, which was the first indoor, public mausoleum constructed within the five boroughs of New York City.
Address: 78-00 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385
Website: Mount Lebanon Cemetery