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Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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STORIES in STONE NEW YORK WRITTEN and PHOTOGRAPHED BY DOUGLAS KEISTER
HERE IS A GUIDE for those who call the New York City area home and for those who live vicariously through and have studied the lives of the residents of its beautiful cemeteries. In fascinating stories and images, Douglas Keister provides GPS coordinates for most gravesites and discusses cemetery symbols, funerary architecture, secret societies and clubs, people, and even their dogs.
DOUGLAS KEISTER is based in Chico, California, and has authored more than thirty-five critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." His book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in the Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism, has garnered a number of glowing reviews. Sunset magazine said, “Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding.” Keister has also authored additional cemetery guides titled Forever Dixie and Forever L.A. You can visit him on the web at www.douglaskeister.com.
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COME ALONG ON A JOURNEY through time and history that includes GPS coordinates and a comprehensive guide to the cemeteries of the five boroughs of New York City and southern Westchester County.
THE BIG FOUR• Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn • Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx • Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow
MANHATTAN CHURCHYARDS & RESTING PLACES• The Holy Trinitys • St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Crypts • Grant’s Tomb
HUMANE REMAINS• Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, Hartsdale
ETERNAL EXCURSIONS• Calvary Cemetery, Woodside • Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn • Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale • Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne • Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island • St. Raymond’s Old and New Cemeteries, Schuylerville
Top Customer Reviews
This time around Keister does some major NYC cemeteries and also goes to Westchester County to tell the story of how metropolitan NY cemeteries have developed and have maintained their own unique character as well as their distinctive styles while drifting through time and changing tastes.
While this book offers a wealth of information regarding the graves of the early movers and shakers to the more commonly known celebrities who have made NYC and the surrounding area their last and final destination, it explores the beauty of cemeteries and looks at grave style through some less publicly known monuments.
Keister's possesses an inherent talent to reveal things in such a creative way through his photographs that the places you or I may have visited many times before appear unique, different, or in some cases unrecognizable. A cemetery takes on a completely different character when viewed as a long shot with the mountainous buildings of Manhattan and the East River used as a compositional counterpoint. Many people consider themselves ace photographers who know how to capture these cities of stone, but Keister has mastered it.
The biographical section is extremely thorough. Since so many historical figures are covered which include titans of industry, robber barons, innovators, and even some scoundrels, there is bound to be something for everyone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book exceeded my expectations. It's very well-made and the content is fascinating.Published 3 months ago by wesvillager
This is a great book to own.. Not only is it very informative and have lovely photos it also suggest views and angles for the budding cemetery photographer.Published on February 9, 2013 by Laura A. Bentley
The author is interested primarily in the people memorialized and ignores the stonemakers' art. The art is what draws most people to the stones. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by FRITZ