From the NY Times:
Five years ago, several hundred members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and six funeral directors arrived at Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, Queens, to take part in an ambitious project. For four days, the Mormon volunteers hacked at impossibly long skeins of ivy and thick patches of weed amid debris scattered across one of the state’s oldest Jewish cemeteries, which has been there since 1865 and is home to about 35,000 graves. The funeral directors continued to work on the grounds for months after.
But eventually the volunteers left, in part, some of them said, because they sensed a lack of interest from Congregation Shaare Zedek, the Upper West Side synagogue that owns a small part of the cemetery.
Now the weeds have returned. And whereas Emerson described a weed as “a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered,” these weeds have inspired a class-action lawsuit.
More about the suit in the Daily News.
And there's a film in the works about this: Ashes to Ashes
In Judaism the cemetery is one of the most important symbols of the heritage and a lasting memorial to those that have come before us. It is the responsibility of every Jewish person to remember those that have past on and to provide a safe place for them to spend eternity. The Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park, New York is proof that the Jewish community has neglected its responsibility.
This film is about how one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries, in the largest Jewish community in the world, has been forgotten and how it took a Mormon from Utah and an Italian funeral director from Queens to restore the beauty that once was.