My pal Chris lives near this cemetery, we took a walk into it the other day. I love that it is not overly manicured, but not everyone is of that mind. On the way out I remarked to one of the groundskeepers how lovely and peaceful it was. He was appreciative and said they more often heard complaints from those wanting perfect order. more story and photos
Wednesday on the Williamsburg Bridge crossing the East River from Manhattan. MTA busses were free but there was no service across the bridge on Wednesday. I was an electron refugee to my pal Chris’s apartment in Queens, charging up my cell phone and camera batteries. He graciously fed me cheese and chips, a stale cannoli and a Halloween cupcake decorated with a rubber spider left over from a party he did magic at. I ended up walking back from his place as the buses were so crowded. On the way I visited about 8 different grocery and convenience stores before I could find organic soy milk.
A walk through Ridgewood, Queens. It’s all fun and games until the lights go out.
Machpelah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens. A 1995 article in the NY Times tells how Houdini’s grave is maintained by a fund from the Society of American Magicians. A ceremony by the society used to take place at the grave on Halloween, but the cemetary now closes the gates then because of fear of vandalism.
My friend Chris is a magician, he recently moved to Queens a few blocks away from where Houdini is buried. People leave all sorts of strange tributes on the grave. Playing cards, the silk and the key that were left have obvious resonance with the master magician. The rocks appear to be a custom in this Jewish cemetery. Leaving your business card is a bit tacky. But probably the most inappropriate object must be the tiny witch’s broom. If anything, Houdini was a foe of spiritualists and such.
Notice that the death date of his wife was not carved. Bess Houdini died on February 11, 1943, 17 years after her husband, in Needles, California, aboard an eastbound train traveling from Los Angeles to New York City. She was not permitted to be interred with her late husband at the Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, New York because she was a gentile. She is interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. [Read more…]