Gardens of Stone

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By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

They are found in tiny parcels of land squeezed among Manhattan buildings and in large rolling tracts of land in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. New York City's cemeteries carry on the ancient tradition of memorializing the dead with monuments, from plain gray markers to imposing crypts. Whatever their size, they tell the story of the city's evolution – it's triumphs, tragedies and setbacks – as it became a global capital.