A preservation group is trying to raise enough money to buy the Brinckerhoff Cemetery property in Fresh Meadows. Although the city designated the cemetery a landmark back in 2012, the current owner isn’t maintaining it and the cemetery is now overgrown. The owner is asking $150,000 for the property, which is the amount the Friends of the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery hope to raise. According to Queens Courier, preservationist believe there are over 70 tombstones there — for now, none of them are visible. And because it’s private property, no one knows about the conditions of the tombstones or any other historical artifacts.
Mitchell Grubler, chair of the Queens Preservation Council, told this to the Courier: “I believe that the property would be in better hands with the Friends of the Brinckerhoff Cemetery than the current owner. It’s a property that’s had a lot of invasive growth, vegetation. Over the course of time, that needs to be managed.” What’s left unclear, though, is how the group plans to raise all the money!