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February 24, 2021
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Cocktails, Awards, and Tours

By Alexandra Glorioso
The Gates of Greenwood Cemetery
Photo Courtesy of Urban Antrhopod (

Thurs., Sept 15: Join the Green-Wood Historic Fund for The Fourth Annual Presentation of
the DeWitt Clinton Award For Excellence to Pete Hamill

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails al fresco, featuring Governor De Witt Clinton’s favorite drink. Guided mini-tours on their historic trolley with Green-Wood historian, Jeff Richman. Please arrive in business Casual Attire.

American journalist Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor, educator and native Brooklynite. With over 50 years of experience in the newspaper business, Hamill served as editor of the New York Post and editor in chief of the New York Daily Newsand has written for the Village Voice and New York Newsday. He is the author of 21 books, including the novel Tabloid City, which was published this year. Hamill has written fondly and frequently about Green-Wood and has described it as “one of the great urban glades, a spot with lush foliage, and sudden hills.” Hamill has also said, “When they cart me out to Green-Wood, it’ll just say ‘Newspaperman’ on that piece of stone that says who the hell the former guy is that’s lying under it.”

The De Witt Clinton Award For Excellence in the Arts, Literature, Preservation and Historic Research honors the legacy of 19th-century New York Governor De Witt Clinton, who also served as mayor of New York City, state senator, assemblyman and United States senator. Clinton, who is interred in Green-Wood Cemetery, was a devoted supporter of the cultural growth of the city and the state of New York.

A Benefit Cocktail Reception
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Also: VIP Reception with Mr. Hamill for members of the Host Committee, board members, and VIP ticket holders until 6:30 p.m.

6:45 p.m.
Presentation of the 2011 De Witt Clinton Award for Excellence to Pete Hamill.

Also Featuring: Impromptu short scenes from Brooklyn Underground: Theatrical Stories from the Green-Wood Cemetery

Tickets: Individual: $150, VIP Tickets: $250*

To purchase tickets, click here or call 718-210-3011 for more information.

*for two persons and includes VIP Hour

Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international

Green-Wood Cemetery by David Shankbone

reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked to Green-Wood to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Established in 1999, The Green-Wood Historic Fund’s mission is to maintain Green-Wood Cemetery’s monuments and buildings of historical, cultural and architectural significance; advance public knowledge and appreciation of this significance; and preserve the natural habitat and parklands of one of New York City’s first green spaces. With funding from memberships and donations, The Historic Fund not only preserves the past to enrich our future, but keeps a vibrant presence in our current time by presenting open-to-the-public events which include themed walking and trolley tours, book talks and special seasonal events.

Greenwood Cemetery
Via car: Green-Wood is accessible from both the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway/Gowanus Expressway (via the 38th Street exit to 5th Avenue and 25th Street) and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (via Hamilton Avenue to 25th Street). Parking is available.

Via subway: Take the R train to 25th Street station in Brooklyn. Walk east one block to Green-Wood at 25th Street and 5th Avenue.


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