TIL that prior to the advent of city parks, it was quite common for people to picnic in cemeteries

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  1. In the 1960s, my great grandma would make a picnic basket and we would ride the subway to Holy Cross cemetery in Brooklyn. I have fond memories of her telling us about our relatives…

  2. One day a few whiles back I got lunch… and just wanted to be in a quiet place and relax before back to work.

    So… yep, there was a cemetary ’round the way, I went there, and had a nice relaxing lunch. Peaceful. Highly recommend.

  3. I think a lot of American culture is moving away from ancestral remembrance. My Grandma mentioned that, as a kid, her family would make road trips to visit cemeteries where family was buried. She had on her wall probably 4 previous generations of family pictures. I don’t see that when I’m in people’s homes too often now days. And I’m certain I haven’t heard of people taking specific road trips to visit a plot.

  4. Cemeteries are great. When I go jogging I do it in the cemetery. They have a couple of “No Trespassing” signs but the staff have never stopped me or bothered me when they see me. I think it’s just meant for troublemakers.

    The area is nice, wooded, no traffic, hardly anybody else around. It’s great.

  5. That’s because it was the most common, easily -accessible green space. Plus if you got *really* hungry you could dig down 6 feet for a snack.

  6. Shout out to anyone eating Cresent Donuts at the cemetery! We didn’t picnic, but there were late night drinks to be had walking around the gravestones. (And NO MESS left behind. That’s important!)

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