City Councilman Daniel Dromm said he plans to organize a community cleanup of the Leverich Cemetery this spring. “We have to take matters into our own hands and just clean this area up,” Dromm said, noting that a washing machine, half a motorcycle and feral cats now inhabit the land. “It’s become a dumping ground and nobody wants to take responsibility for it.”
At one time, the cemetery belonged to descendants of William Leverich, a Puritan minister who settled in Queens in the 1660s. When the land was deeded in 1781 from one family member to another, the plot was not included in the deed. The last Leverich left the property in the mid-19th century and deed records do not record who has owned the cemetery since then, if anyone.
You can read more in an article by Clare Trapasso in the New York Daily News at http://goo.gl/ddhyd.
My thanks to newsletter reader Steven Fleckenstein for telling me about this article.