Historic NYC cemetery vandalized, damage $100,000

August 23, 2012 - 11:36 PM
Historic Cemetery Vandalized

FILE - This March 2, 2011 file photo shows a view over Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Daily News said that groundskeepers on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 discovered 51 damaged and toppled plaques and statues scattered throughout the historic cemetery, which opened in 1838. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of tombstones and memorials have been vandalized at a historic New York City cemetery where celebrities are buried, causing $100,000 in damage.

The Daily News (http://nydn.us/ObQVzs ) says groundskeepers on Tuesday discovered 51 damaged and toppled plaques and statues scattered throughout Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, which opened in 1838.

Green-Wood Cemetery president Richard Moylan tells the newspaper most of the damaged monuments date to the 1800s. Green-Wood is asking for the public's help to pay for repairs.

The cemetery is a final resting place for historic figures including politician Boss Tweed, composer Leonard Bernstein, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and actress Laura Keene, who was on stage when Abraham Lincoln was shot. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

The police Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.

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Online:

http://www.green-wood.com

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com