Who Wants to Buy a Cemetery?

Posted by admin on May 21, 2009

For sale: 13 acres, 4.5 of them undeveloped. Easy access to public transportation. Walking distance to the waterfront. Historical details. Lush landscaping. Well maintained by its landlord of more than a century.

One last thing: It’s a cemetery, one that comes with 6,500 filled graves.

“The chances of a new cemetery in New York City is nil. There is no land,” said Richard D. Fishman, the director of New York State’s Division of Cemeteries. There is room enough for about 4,000 additional graves in Canarsie. And in a city of 8.4 million people, many of whom die each year, he noted, “These four and a half acres are a lot.”

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