A superbly maintained historic cemetery that functions simultaneously as a sculpture garden. Woodlawn is a beautiful setting to visit any time of year. The numerous large evergreen trees and bushes provide variety even in the middle of winter. Various bird species reside in the cemetery and they, too, can be seen at different times of the year. For this reason, the cemetery never really seems "dead" even when most of the rest of the world is dormant. Spring is another lovely time to visit.
The main attraction for me are the different mausoleums, many with impressive stained glass windows, metalwork doors, and typographic styles. For enthusiasts of Art Deco, Woodlawn is a paradise. For history buffs, it can be exiting to identify the names on different monuments and associate them their deeds.
Cemetery security personnel are ubiquitous. Even though Woodlawn is in the Bronx, I felt completely safe strolling the cemetery grounds.
There is a restroom next to the cemetery office. Make sure to bring water with you, especially if you are visiting in the summer months. Apart from the BP gas station by one of the entrances, opportunities to buy anything in the immediate vicinity require trudging out of the cemetery.
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