Spooky new tool highlights homes near cemeteries

Calvary Cemetery at dusk with the Manhattan skyline in the background. Pigeons fly through the photograph.Queens’s
Calvary Cemetery has the largest number of internments in any
cemetery in the country—around 3 million. | Max Touhey

Buyer beware

Just in time for Halloween, local listings and data website
Localize.city has dropped a new feature that will have fans of the
paranormal buzzing. (Or should we say boo-ing?)

Localize.city has added
a new category of insights to its website that clues in users on a
listing’s proximity to a cemetery. That may seem like an odd
feature, given how easy it is to spot some of the city’s most
well-known burial grounds, like Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn or
Cypress Hill Cemetery in Queens. But, as Localize.city points out,
there are many smaller, more under-the-radar cemeteries.

That is thanks to the Rural Cemetery Act of 1847, which for the
first time authorized commercial burying grounds in New York state.
The act spurred an era of cemetery establishment that led to the
creation of the so-called Cemetery Belt along the Queens-Brooklyn
border.

The Localize.city feature appears on listings and on pages for
properties that are within a short distance of noted burial
grounds. For instance, listings in proximity to Washington Square
Park provide insight into the park’s former use as a mass burial
ground and alleged sites of public hangings. A section also notes
how this history may affect buyers: “Beware of zombies under the
arch.” On a more serious note, the insight acknowledges that
there’s a plaque addressing the site’s history in the park.

The cemetery insight, a new year-round addition, isn’t the
only icky feature Localize.city offers. The site also lets
potential buyers know if creepy-crawlies like rats or bed bugs have
been reported at a property, or if mice in the walls have been
reported to go bump in the night.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Spooky new tool highlights homes near cemeteries