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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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: GIbbs Smith (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423621026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423621027
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Keister delivers another awesome field guide for the cemetery enthusiast in Stories In Stone New York. It's a wonderful photographic study page after page with fascinating facts and stories. My favorite part is the GPS coordinates at the end of the book so that I can discover grave stones to my heart's content. Thanks Doug, you thought of everything to make this Taphophile happy!!
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This is the second book I've gotten by Douglas Keister, and I love this one just as much as the other, "Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography". My only gripe about this book is that it isn't longer!! The gorgeous photos, interesting histories of these graceful cemeteries and their inhabitants - all combine to a wonderful, informational, treat, to read. If you appreciate architecture, history, and/or cemeteries, this book fulfills all of these. I highly recommend this book!
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To view any book by Douglas Keister is to fall in love. If we were inclined to attempt to imitate his work, we'd be doomed to failure. His research is impeccable and his knowledge of both society and architecture and symbolism as applied to cemetery art is impressive. Above and beyond those attributes, his photography is incredible and speaks to the heart as well as to the mind and the eye.
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.
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When you think of city tours in NYC, you think of the colorful double-decker buses or harbor boats zipping allong at breakneck speed. Not this time. Along with his infinite knowledge of cemetery symbolism and architecture, Douglas Keister takes us on a fascinating journey into the lives led behind many of the hidden and not so hidden tombs of NY. There was much I did not know and I was born and bred in NY. Thanks Doug, once again, for inviting us into your passion.
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This book details my local cemeteries in a clear, concise way. Great pictures, history and explanations of the symbology of death. For those technically inclined, he even gives the GPS coordinates of each stone or mausoleum listed. Also try Forever Dixie for a southern version of the same thing.
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Another wonderful Douglas Keister book on cemeteries. I have them all and couldn't imagine being without them. About as informative as one will ever find or want to have. The photography is the best.
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