Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cemetery taken off City's hands

From Courier-Life:

Canarsie Cemetery’s fate is sealed.

The city revealed on Monday its last remaining burial ground that is not a potter’s field, bounded by Remsen Avenue, Avenue K, Church Lane and East 86th Street, has been sold to a private company.

“We are in the process of transferring Canarsie Cemetery to a New York State not-for-profit cemetery corporation,” said Citywide Administrative Services spokesperson Mark Daly.

Daly refused to specify who bought the cemetery, saying he would only reveal that information after the deal is closed.

The New York Post reported that the cemetery was sold for $50,000. Daly would neither confirm or deny that report.

The city had put out the call for buyers of the cemetery last year and was looking at several bids.

The owners of Green-Wood and Cypress Hills cemeteries — both home to Brooklyn’s dead since the mid-1800s — are among those who have reportedly answered the city’s call for new ownership.

Whoever takes over the 13-acre burial ground would have to contend with high water levels making for mushy ground in parts of the property, maintain the current 6,400 graves and four small mausoleums, and have about 4.5 acres of undeveloped land to utilize for future grave sites.


Anonymous said...

Why in the world would any entity buy a cemetery-- non-profit or not? It has to be maintained, and don't some sort of taxes need to be paid on it as well?

Anonymous said...

Some people are dying to get in!

Anonymous said...

There's no income tax on a not-for-profit, because there's no income, but I guess it provides jobs to a few employees, probably union.

Anonymous said...

Are there any descendants of the deceased who care about the cemetery's future? Or are they apathetic about their great-great-great-ancestor's resting place?

Queens Crapper said...

It's still actively used for burials.