Party Like It’s 1850 (in a Cemetery)

A Night at Niblo’s Garden re-creates the Victorian-era impresario’s famous soirées at Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

Don’t be scared. Niblo’s Garden was once a Broadway entertainment house at the corner of Prince Street (there’s an Artists & Fleas there now) for the “amusement-loving” people of the mid-1800s, hosting circus acts, musical comedies, and opera underneath glass lanterns in an open courtyard. Owner William Niblo was known to re-create the party atmosphere on a private scale at his mausoleum—built years before his death—in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

His pleasure garden will be “exhumed” for two evenings (the event proved so popular in past years that they added a night) with a Victorian extravaganza of performers, including the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, fire eaters, musicians, and contortionists. BYO picnic around the Crescent Water pond and listen to the frogs’ night song, surrounded by candles.

Want to continue the celebration of life and death afterward? Head just three blocks north on Fifth Avenue to one of our favorite bars in the area, Sea Witch, which has a lovely outdoor space in the back.

Why You Should Go: If you’ve never visited the bucolic and gothic grounds of Green-Wood, this is a fascinating and fun—and maybe excitingly chilling?—way to experience them.

A Night at Niblo’s Garden
Green-Wood Cemetery
Fifth Avenue at 25th Street, Greenwood
Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13
7–9 p.m.
$40; $35 for members of Green‑Wood Cemetery

Get a taste of modernism in Sunset Park before taking it back to the 19th century when night falls.