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Reclaiming a Piece of Woodhaven's Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery

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Published on May 8, 2017

The efforts to restore the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery in Woodhaven (behind All Saints Church at 96th Street and 86th Ave) has been well documented. This video was 3 years in the making and details the effort to reclaim one end of the cemetery, one corner in particular. In 2014, the North East corner of the cemetery was in hazardous condition. There was a large fallen tree, a large pile of branches, and dead trees along with weeds. Once that was cleared, we had the condition of the ground to contend with - it was full of rocks and roots (from the dead trees we had cut down, or that had fallen over the years). The ground was in no condition to be mowed. And so, we began the long task of turning over the earth and removing the rocks and the roots and leaving behind a smooth surface to work with. The final result was a nice patch of green grass that will be much easier to maintain. This video is only 11-minutes long, but it shows many hours of work from July 2014 until May 2017, it some very hot weather and on some very cold days. During that time, a lot of volunteers came to the cemetery and they can all view this video and take pride in their contributions to this effort.
Special thanks to St. Thomas the Apostle's Woodhaven History Club; All of our Volunteers from Woodhaven & Surrounding Communities; In Hot Weather and In Cold, you never gave up! Boy Scout Troop 139 of Howard Beach & Mr. Chris Flood; All Saints Episcopal Church The Rev. Dr. Norman Whitmire, Jr. Councilmembers Elizabeth Crowley and Eric Ulrich; Assemblyman Mike Miller; Woodhaven Residents' Block Association; The Citizen's Committee of New York City; The Victorian Society - New York; Verizon & Mr. Edwin Gardiner; Kammy Xiao-Nguyen; Neir's Tavern; Schmidt's Candies; The Forest Park Carousel; With Special Appreciation to Tracey & Jaron Gallagher; and Mr. Allan B. Smith.

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