About the people behind Cypress Hills Cemetery
Wherever you go you will find a helping hand.
We have a group of 50 employees, both in the field and the office, which uphold our reputation and enhance the family’s experience from the minute they step in our gate. From the impeccable maintenance of the grounds to the kind and courteous office personnel.
We Invest in Our Future
We also remain very active in our community throughout the year. Being involved in the community is the most important aspect of our cemetery. We have stood in this same area of land for nearly two centuries and we have a close relationship with our community. Since the restoration of the cemetery we have done many things to enhance that relationship. Most recently we have organized a listing of all our notable burials, along with a map which is included in this nomination, which we give to visitors. We urge them to take tours, visit the graves, and enjoy the serene landscape. We have also organized an official cemetery book that documents the history of the cemetery, analyzes the cemetery artwork, and gives families a record of their loved one’s final resting place.
Being a non-profit organization we have the ability to use funds to host events, refinish historic buildings, and organize programs and materials for the community.
Beyond these publications and other programs that we have put in place, we host many different kinds of events at the cemetery, inviting members of the community to participate. Some of the programs include: Halloween, All Soul’s Day, Veteran’s Day and Holiday events, monument unveilings, chapel services. Most notably, we hold a 5k run each June to honor fallen NYPD Detective Peter Figoski who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. Each year we raise money through our 5k to support various charities, such as St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children and the PBA Widow’s and Children’s Fund. These programs have created a bond between the community and the cemetery.
Constantly improving is what we hope to maintain going into the future. Being a non-profit organization we have the ability to use funds to host events, refinish historic buildings, and organize programs and materials for the community. It allows us to be creative, imaginative, and innovative regarding the advancement of our cemetery. We recently finished a massive restoration of our front entrance by replicating the original entrance which was built in 1893. To us it is a symbol of how far our cemetery has come and our success in bringing it back to its glory days.