Tag: Cemeteries

A Rebel French Poet Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated

CHARLEVILLE-MÉZIÈRES, France — When Bernard Colin took over as caretaker of this city’s cemetery 27 years ago, his predecessor gave him some remarkably non-prescient advice: “Don’t worry, you won’t be bothered by the grave of Arthur Rimbaud — no one visits it.” Now 60, Mr. Colin collects a few letters every week, from as far […]

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Meet the Beetles: Newly Discovered Brooklynites Have 6 Legs

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It’s a classic New York tale: A traveler journeys to the city from abroad, claims a corner of the urban landscape and starts anew, hoping to thrive in a new environment. That familiar immigrant story appeared to be the […]

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John Dillinger’s Body to Be Exhumed From His Concrete-Fortified Grave

CHICAGO — John H. Dillinger, the notoriously elusive bank robber who was gunned down by federal agents outside a movie theater in Chicago in 1934, is expected to be exhumed from an Indiana cemetery in September. The reason is mysterious, in keeping with Mr. Dillinger’s reputation as a gangster who once slipped out of an […]

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Search for Missing Teenager in Vatican Cemetery Unearths Thousands of Bones

VATICAN CITY — Less than 10 days after Vatican officials said they found no evidence that the daughter of an employee who disappeared 36 years ago had been buried in a cemetery inside Vatican City, a new foray there unearthed two ossuaries Saturday that contained unidentified human bones. Whether any of them belonged to the […]

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This Empty Lot Is Worth Millions. It’s Also an African-American Burial Ground.

The flier advertising a near-one-acre plot of land for sale in Elmhurst, Queens, looks like a typical real estate listing. The oddly-shaped parcel that abuts the Long Island Rail Road tracks is available for $13.8 million. According to the flier, the lot is a great opportunity to capitalize on the growing demand for residential space […]

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Would You Like to Spend Forever in This Tree?

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Death comes for all of us, but Silicon Valley has, until recently, not come for death. Who can blame them for the hesitation? The death services industry is heavily regulated and fraught with religious and health considerations. The handling of dead bodies doesn’t seem ripe for venture-backed disruption. The gravestone doesn’t […]

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Can an Island Off the Bronx With One Million Graves Become a City Park?

Weather: Break out the shades. Today should be mostly sunny, with a high near 80. There is a chance of showers late Saturday afternoon and on Sunday. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Tuesday, then suspended through Thursday (Eid al-Fitr). ImageCreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times New York City has some of the most famous parks in […]

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