Kings County Highpoint Trip Report

Date: June 23, 2008
Author: Micah Schneider

The highpoint here is the Kiaimie mausoleum in Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The main entrance of the cemetery is at 25th and 5th. The M and R trains both stop at 25th and 4th, very convenient (one block) to the main gate. There are other gates into the cemetery but, according to the groundskeepers, they are open weekends only. Summer hours are 7-7pm seven days a week, the rest of the year is 8-5pm. Previous reports mention a barbed wire fence. We saw no such fence in evidence during our stroll through the cemetery.

We followed Battle Avenue to the false summit mentioned in previous reports. At that spot is an impressive monument to the Battle of Brooklyn and worth a few minutes to investigate. From that monument, the Kaimie Mausoleum is visible to the north. It is at the top of a small rise and is the only structure of size in it's vicinity. The entire walk, from the subway to the highpoint, was approximately a half mile. We spent more time walking that distance than we might have if we were more single minded of purpose, as this cemetery is absolutely beautiful, with impressive tombs, monuments and views of NY at nearly every turn.