Where Is St. John's?: The Old Burying Ground
St. John's Burying Ground used to occupy the space which is now James J. Walker Park, between Leroy, Hudson and Clarkson Streets. In a sense it still does since the old stones were buried in place and few of the 10,000 occupants were moved. The only stone remaining is one dedicated to three firemen who gave their lives in the line of duty over 150 years ago.
Undoubtedly the residents of St. Lukes Place were relieved to have the cemetery removed, but some former residents of the area found inspiration in this crowded and stony lot. Edgar Allan Poe would wander the old burying ground when he lived for a short time on Carmine Street, perhaps imagining what is was like to be buried alive (see The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher).