Theme: The Idea: Old Famous Cemetery The Aspect: Kemmlerite Playground The Face(s): David Akon (Kemmlerite Manager) Description:
Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international 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.
Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
David Akon, Manager of the famous Cemetery, is the last surviving apprentice of the necromancer Kemmler (assuming Cowl is not an apprentice), who foresaw the outcome of the attempted Darkhallow in Chicago a few years ago, which claimed the lives of his fellow apprentices. He has secretely bided his time in New York, slowly raising an army of minions, which he hides amongst the crypts of Green-wood, purpose unknown.