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Into the Veil | © Steven Acres/Atlas Obscura
Into the Veil | © Steven Acres/Atlas Obscura
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Listen to Stories of the Dead in Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery This Weekend

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Travel Editor
Updated: 16 October 2017
As New York City finally succumbs to fall weather, locals eagerly swap teeshirts for sweaters and indulge in pumpkin-flavored everything. The promise of Halloween lingers just around the corner, and with it a slew of events that tap into the eerie feeling of the season. One such event is Into the Veil, which invites the living—and dead—to converge on sacred ground for an evening of libations and music.

Into the Veil is an explorative experience presented by Atlas Obscura and the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Featuring dozens of intimate and grand performances, guests are invited to navigate their way under starlit trees and through mausoleums where immersive activities will unfold. No two evenings will be the same, as guests pick and choose their own experiences that weave together stories inspired by the 560,000 souls that have been laid to rest at the historic Brooklyn cemetery.

Into the Veil | © Steven Acres/Atlas Obscura
Into the Veil | © Steven Acres/Atlas Obscura

Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 and is deemed a National Historic Landmark. Considered one of the first rural cemeteries in the country, Green-Wood is renowned for its bounty of natural ponds, wooded acres and rolling hills. The cemetery—which in its heyday was considered the premiere spot to be buried—is now home to famous figures such as Haitian-American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The weathered landscape of Green-Wood Cemetery remains a popular attraction in New York and a perfect venue to drink champagne amongst the ghosts of politicians and poets of the past. “Where Green-Wood Cemetery’s Gothic arch rises high above Brooklyn, there exists a portal between the land of the living and the realm of the dead,” writes Atlas Obscura in a press release.

“Since the 19th century, Green-Wood’s elaborate brownstone gate has represented the connection between those two spaces. It is New York’s legendary and eternal home to authors, artists, and historic personalities—and here, we will meet again to venture Into The Veil.”

This weekend will be the third annual Into the Veil event, taking place both Friday and Saturday evening from 8pm to 12am ET. Tickets are still available for purchase ($80 USD for non-members or $75 USD for members of Green-Wood and BHS).

Read the post-event article on what it’s like to visit a cemetery at night!