Some of you may recall seeing a few postings over the last several months
regarding the grave site of Lorenzo da Ponte. It was commom knowledge that
he was buried in New York City, but no one seemed certain exactly where. His
biographers have been non-specific on the subject, and his memoirs don't even
mention it! <G>
A bit of research, along with help from several listers, provided me with the
knowledge that he had originally been buried at what was known as the
Eleventh Street Catholic Cemetary, on East 11th Street, between First Ave.
and Avenue A, in lower Manhattan. The contents of that cemetary were moved
in 1909 to Calvary Cemetary in Queens. On that point I have received the
following information from the current superintendent of Calvary:
"...please be advised that in 1909 the remains of Lorenzo DaPonte were moved
from the 11th Street Cemetary to Section 4B of Calvary Cemetary.
Unfortunately, most of the records for the 11th Street Cemetary had been
destroyed by fire in the 1890's. Hence, the identity of many of those moved,
including Lorenzo DaPonte, was unknown." Therefore, it is not known exactly
which grave was/is his.
He indicated that a memorial to DaPonte was erected, probably in 1980. It is
located in the St. Calixtus Division (Calvary No. 1) on Calvary Ave., just
east of its intersection with Locust Ave. and Boundary Ave.
As you probably know, Mozart is buried in St. Marx cemetary just outside of
Vienna, but his exact grave site is unknown. The parallel is intriguing.