Union Square – a Different Kind of Resting Place?


Untapped Cities recently posted an article on the surprising number New York landmarks (mostly parks) which were formerly cemeteries.  Union Square is listed as being a former resting place along with Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, and Washington Square Park, among others.  There is some doubt.  The article states it is possible that land from a potter’s field that was closed in 1807 was incorporated into the park when the Commissioner’s grid was planned.  The park has planned a very prominent location in American and New York History.  George Washington marched through the Square after reclaiming the island from the British (hence the statue), the Croton Aqueduct was celebrated here, the funeral processions of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln passed through here, and the first labor day parade and Earth Day celebrations were held there.