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Leverich Cemetery Clean-up – May 25, 2013

Photo by Mary French

Saturday May 25,
10 – 2 PM
Meet us behind Legends Bar on 35th Avenue. Look for blue balloons!

We will be cleaning an abandoned Jackson Heights cemetery to turn it into a green space.

Hidden away from the public, Leverich Cemetery in Jackson Heights was once part of a family-owned farm land passed down through generations. But at one point the farm was bequeathed with the cemetery plot no longer included.

The 17th century cemetery presently has no owner. It remains on 35th Avenue near Leverich Street. Through the years, homes and stores have sprung up around the site, which today bears no grave markings.

According to Jackson Heights historian Daniel Karatzas, most residents have no idea the cemetery exists and it has become a dumping ground with no one looking after it.

More information about the Leverich Cemetery.