Nearly 600,000 people reside — permanently — in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and on Wednesday evening a crowd of about 800 joined them — temporarily — as revelers at a benefit gala held among the graves.
In the moonlit dark amid the tombs, as serenading musicians wended among the headstones, the grief of a city where so many have died since the beginning of the pandemic felt both omnipresent and far away.
“I don’t think about the death when I’m here, it feels so alive,” said Gina Farcas, 52, an accountant from Fort Lee, N.J., as she shimmied to a band playing Brazilian music beside a mausoleum. “We need this, for the city.”
“Do you feel like you’re in a cemetery?” her boyfriend, Carmine Fischetti, 66, asked her.