Toni Kamins <toni.kamins@...>
Posted by Maria Torres, July 8, 2002
Incidentally, Manhattan is dotted with very old Sephardic plots, smack inThere are far more graves than ten.....in some cases it's a few dozen.
I pass by one in the West Village, very near the Jefferson Market library,Only some stones are embedded in the foundation wall of the adjacent
building....others are free standing.
and the writing is too small and worn to read >from where you're forced toThe library (Jefferson Market) was actually a court house; the women's
prison (the Women's House of Detention) was next door until the 1970s.
and that Washington Square, only a short skip away, was a Potters'Not true. At the time the cemetery was founded Greenwich Village was a
country area of town houses and mansions. It was not the urban scape you
see today. There were even many creeks and brooks running through it.
I recall another, tiny plot -- mabybe five graves at the most, with theIt's at Chatham Square and it has a few dozen graves.
but have only seen it once and never been able to re-discover it.Your chronology is way off as is your geography. In the first place
Chatham Square is nowhere near the area known as Five Points. Chatham
Square is in today's Chinatown, while Five Points is in Soho further
uptown and to the west. The Sephardic cemetery on Chatham Square to which
you refer was the cemetery of New York/New Amsterdam's first Jewish
community in the 17th century. The Five Points slum developed over a
Manhattan has three cemeteries that were founded by the Sephardic
Community: the first on Chatham Square, the second on W. 11th street
between Fifth and Sixth avenues, and the third on 21st street between
Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The fourth is in Queens.
Toni L. Kamins
New York, NY