John Jacob Astor Grave

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Trent Pheifer

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Is JJ Astor buried in Trinity Cemetary on Upper Manhattan??
Thanks, Trent
 
Apr 22, 2012
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Hello Trent,

Yes, you are correct. He has an enormous, peaked-style headstone. This is what I've saw in photograhps. Are you planning on visiting? Madeline is buried nearby in an unmarked grave.

-B.W.
 
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Trent Pheifer

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I am going to NYC tommorrow, But I had planned on JJ Astors grave being at the cemetary by Trinity Church and I only found out that was Trinity Cemetary, and I wasnt sure which cemetary he was in.....Only now I wont be able to see it I am on limited time of 3 days and Trinity Church is right near where Ill be and we dont have enough time to visit up that high. A disapointment....But I am going to see pier 54, the Cunard Building, and Macys. I really wanted to pay visit to his grave!!! Well thank you for the info.
_Trent
 
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Dear Trent,

J.J. Astor does not have a grave marker but he is interred in the Astor family vault in the Trinity Cemetery located at Broadway and West 155th Street. Do not be confused with the Trinity Church Cemetery downtown on Wall Street. J.J.'s mother is there, as well as Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton but the majority of the Astors chose to be buried uptown. J.J. Astor is buried beneath a stone anchor in the family plot but you will not find his name or dates anywhere on the vault.

Madeleine is buried across the street in a small mausoleum with her mother. The crypt does not have a family name so you will have to ask the cemetery officials for directions. The mausoleum needs some work, as a large tree is now intruding into the granite structure.

A caution - Trinity Cemetery is located in Harlem (Manhattan), so I advise that you do not leave any valuables in your car unattended. The cemetery has security but it is easy for someone to simply hop the two feet high gate that surrounds the cemetery and cause trouble. The area has improved but I still wouldn't take any unnecessary chances.

If you have a chance, continue down Broadway to 106th Street and you will see the Straus memorial fountain.

Best,

Mike Findlay