The Brinckerhoff Cemetery on 182nd Street in Fresh Meadows, a cemetery situated on private property that holds some of Queens' earliest settlers, was recently removed from a forthcoming hearing before the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The cemetery is in danger of being developed, losing a unique link to the history of Queens, when the borough was a collection of large farms and largely undeveloped, well before it became famous for cemeteries and the final stopping place of so many New York City residents.
The people buried in the Brinckerhoff Cemetery were interred in the borough long before it became famous for having more dead people than actual living people residing in it.
Some local civic groups are calling on the city and local elected officials to buy the property, which in 2000 was up for sale for $100,000, and in 2010 was sold for $105,000 – only a $5,000 increase.
It should be no problem for Queens elected officials to pool their resources and come up with the money to purchase the property, and therefore preserve this testament to the history of Queens.