Showing posts from May 20, 2012

The Evergreen Cemetery: Where Asimov whistled while the Chinese boiled

"THE boiler would come by with his two big cauldrons, disinter (dig up) the bodies and boil 'em up to remove any remaining meat. He'd then chop up the body at the joints, box up the bones and they'd be loaded on a ship bound for China ..."
In case we needed a better visual, the ebullient Donato Daddario whacks a cleaver-shaped hand against his elbow and knee.
"We used to say, they used the broth to make chop suey!"
We happened to stumble across Donato during a personal tour of the Evergreens Cemetery led by distinguished historian and ├╝ber sailer John Rousemaniere, author of  Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008
Our friend Pamela Talese organized the sortie, with our phalanx of folding bikes heading over the Brooklyn Bridge to meet a cluster of writers and cultural creatives from her circle. First stop: the sublime Vinegar Hill House for brunch, who always welcome folding bikes into their little secure courtyard at the back.