83-84 Liberty Avenue Ozone Park Queens County New York USA Postal Code: 11417 Phone: 718-845-9240
Cemetery notes and/or description: There are two locations:
201 East Broadway, New York County, New York 10002-
From Brooklyn: Belt Parkway to Cross Bay Boulevard. Turn left and proceed North on Cross Bay Boulevard (Woodhaven Boulevard) to Pitkin Avenue. Turn left to cemetery.
83-84 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, Queens County, New York 11417-1219
From Queens: Woodhaven Boulevard to Liberty Avenue. Turn to cemetery.
Acacia Cemetery was founded in 1891 by the Pike Street Synagogue of Manhattan which is now defunct. It is also known as The Bayside / Acacia Cemetery, located in Ozone Park, Queens. Congregation Shaare Zedek owns this cemetery which their office was formerly located in East Broadway. It is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in New York City. When traveling on the A Train this cemetery is clearly visible on the elevated Lefferts Boulevard extension. Cemetery maintenance is non-existent as the 15 hectares with 34,800 plots. Among those buried there are many military veterans from the Civil War onward. It is bordered on the west by Mokom Sholom Cemetery. Both Acacia Cemetery and Mokom Sholom Cemetery are well maintained by their respective administrations and professional ground crews. However, in the last several decades Bayside Cemetery has fallen into extensive disrepair. It is owned by Congregation Shaare Zedek, which is located several miles away on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The Congregation Shaare Zedek claims that the cost of maintaining Bayside Cemetery is more than the congregation can bear; it used funds collected for the improvement of this desecrated cemetery to repair the roof on its synagogue. The cemetery went into receivership and was taken over by the state. It is also managed by David Jacobson. The Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries - has begun a major project to restore and maintain Bayside Cemetery. CAJAC, a non-profit organization established to rescue and maintain Jewish cemeteries, has hired MC Landscaping to perform the major cleanup, while groups of volunteers led by Dr. Ronny Herskovits complement the professional efforts. The initial cleanup is set to be completed by November 2009.