Niblo's Garden Party

Niblo's Garden Party

Niblo's Garden Party

Green-Wood | Park Slope

Enjoy a Victorian extravaganza put on by Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, celebrating Green-Wood permanent resident William Niblo, on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, 2018, in Green-Wood at Niblo's mausoleum.

Begin the evening with a picnic (bring your own) around beautiful Crescent Water pond. Then prepare to be dazzled by nineteenth-century showmanship: fire eaters, musicians, contortionists, performers on floats, and much more – all under the starry summer skies.

Niblo’s Garden was once one of New York City’s largest and most elaborate theaters (at Prince and Broadway in SoHo) replete with sparkling lanterns, fountains, and an open-air restaurant and bar that featured the top musicians, dancers, and entertainers of the time.

He lies in a mausoleum built into a hillside near Crescent Water–one of the loveliest of many lovely places at Green-Wood. Niblo got his money’s worth from his Green-Wood land–while still very much alive, he entertained friends and hosted picnics there. He even upped the ante by stocking Crescent Water with goldfish for the entertainment of his guests; apparently he did not realize that all of Green-Wood’s ponds are connected by pipes, and that he was stocking all of Green-Wood’s ponds.

Mrs. and Mr. William Niblo (played by Nadine Stewart and Ben Feldman) greeting guests to their mausoleum in 2013. Photo by Marisa Gertz




Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the prestigious place to be buried, attracting 500,000 visitors a year, second only to Niagara Falls as the nation’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked there to enjoy family outings, carriage rides, and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.

Green-Wood is 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums. Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.


Dikki Ellis, who has been working with the legendary Big Apple Circus for over three decades, was Leon Javelli (who is interred at Green-Wood), the slack wire walker. Photo by Marisa Gertz


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