Funeral Planning in Uptown Manhattan - NYC NY - Guru Guide

 

Overview: Uptown Manhattan

 


Home to some of the wealthiest zip codes in America, Uptown NYC is an expensive place not only to live but also to die.  There are, however, funeral selections to meet every budget. Whether you opt to have the most luxurious send off money can buy, or you prefer to have a direct cremation, it can be done on either the Upper East or Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

Funeral Homes

If you plan to have a traditional funeral service with the body present (regardless of whether you choose to bury or cremate the body afterwards) you must work with a funeral home to make your arrangements.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Location

Frank E. Campbell

Highly Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Upper East

Riverside Memorial Chapel

Highly Recommended

High

Jewish

Upper West

John Krtil Funeral Home

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

Yorkville

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel

Recommended

Medium

Jewish

Upper West

Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home

Recommended

Low

Non-Denominational

Yorkville

Crematories

The choices below are direct cremation companies and tend to be less expensive than working with a funeral home.

Name

Typical Price

AffordableAffordable Cremation

Low

Crestwood Cremation & Funeral Service

Low

New York Cremation Service

Low

Cemeteries

You will work directly with the cemetery to arrange for a plot and the burial, but many of the details like buying a casket and body transportation will be coordinated by the funeral home you choose.

Name

Rating

Price Level

Religion(s)

Location

Kensico Cemetery

Highly Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Westchester

Woodlawn Cemetery

Highly Recommended

High

Non-Denominational

Bronx

Cypress Hills Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

Brooklyn

Ferncliff Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

Westchester

Green-Wood Cemetery

Recommended

Medium

Non-Denominational

Brooklyn

Funeral Homes – Complete List

Recommended Highly

Frank E. Campbell- The Funeral Chapel 
1076 Madison Avenue (at 81st Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 288-3500
www.frankecampbell.com

This preeminent SCI-owned funeral home holds valuable real estate directly on Madison Avenue. Campbell’s is known as the countries’ most elite, most expensive funeral home; it’s equipped to service Manhattan (and the world’s) most rich and famous. Although Frank E. Campbell is incredibly expensive, you get magnificent facilities and an exceptionally professional staff. 

Riverside Memorial Chapel
180 West 76th Street (Amsterdam Avenue)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 362-6600
www.riversidememorialchapel.com

This truly beautiful location is the Jewish flagship funeral home of SCI. A member of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America, they will happily tend to all family needs (including finding a Rabbi for any sect of Judaism or speedy repatriation to Israel).  Although they are happy to assist families of any religion they do not hold services on Saturdays. The main chapel (which can hold hundreds) is absolutely breathtaking. There are multiple smaller chapels for those wishing for a more intimate setting. 

Recommended

John Krtil Funeral Home
1297 1st Ave (70th street)
New York, NY 10021
(212)744-3084
www.krtilfuneralhome.com

For almost 130 years, this family-run funeral home has been operating out of the same location. Although the front isn’t too inviting, inside is a very warm environment. Tommy and John Krtil are more than willing and able to help all families. There’s a chapel on the main floor that seats about 80 people.

Plaza Jewish Community Chapel
630 Amsterdam Avenue (at 91st)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769- 4400
www.plazajewishcommunitychapel.org

This is an almost exclusively Jewish funeral home. While they cater to all forms of the religion (from Orthodox to more Reformed) they rarely service non-Jewish families. Although not luxurious, this is a clean place with a large chapel and a smaller one that’s ideal for a more intimate service or to be used as overflow from the main chapel for a very large crowd. It’s also worth noting that because they rarely have wakes the staff tends to leave the building around 3PM.

Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home
352 East 87th Street (Between 1st and 2nd)
New York, NY 10128
(212) 535-1500          
Also Known As Nagels (212) 289-2221
www.dignitymemorial.com/walter-b-cooke-funeral-home/en-us/index.page

“Cooke’s” was founded in the 1920’s on the idea of providing dignified funerals at affordable prices. Although now SCI-owned, it still has a neighborhood-y feel and Mary is certain to compassionately assist families with every arrangement need. This is a smaller funeral home and the main chapel can only hold about 70 people.

Cannot Recommend Yet

Ortiz R G Funeral Home
235 West 72nd Street (Broadway and West End Ave)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 873-8900

Direct Cremation Companies

Affordable Cremation Services of New York
(516) 712-6942
www.affordablecremationservicesnewyork.com

A complete cremation will cost $1,300. It’s reassuring to know they operate the crematory on their property; your loved one is physically moved less and tracked better. All answers can be found on their informative website. We were, however, not pleased with the follow-up call we received when asked not to be contacted and hadn’t even left our number. 

Crestwood Cremation & Funeral Services 
(212) 245-7575
www.crestwoodcremationfuneral.com 

Although this doesn’t fall under the non-funeral home cremation service, the cost alone warranted its inclusion. They charge a very reasonable fee which includes the cost of the crematory. The ability to meet with a funeral director at a legitimate funeral home is a plus.

New York Cremation Service
(877) 274-5152
www.nycremation.com

The staff at this family-owned and operated business were consistently a pleasure to speak with. Unlike other companies, they weren’t prying for information or trying to sell us on anything we did not want. Their website definitely needs an update, but that shouldn’t sway your decision to use them. If you have any questions, just call and they will be more than happy to help you. The cost is also about $1,300.

Recommended Cemeteries

Cypress Hills Cemetery                          
833 Jamaica Avenue
New York, NY 11208                                                                                    
(718) 277- 2900
www.cypresshillscemetery.org

This well-maintained 225-acre cemetery was started as a non-profit and non-sectarian. It’s connected to Mount Carmel, Salem Fields, B’nai Jeshurum, Beth El, and National Cemetery and offers plenty of different options for interment.

Ferncliff
280-284 Secor Road
Hartsdale, NY 10530
(914) 693 - 4700
www.ferncliffcemetery.com

Founded in 1902, this non-sectarian cemetery has three separate and distinct mausoleums. Many notable deceased have opted to make Ferncliff their final resting place.

Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
(718) 768-7300
www.green-wood.com

This truly gorgeous National Historic Landmark is not only a chosen final resting place for many notable residents, but also a popular tourist attraction.  The almost 500 acres include gorgeous statues and mausoleums, glacial ponds and paths designed by the famous Henry Evelyn Pierrepont.

Kensico Cemetery
(Sharon Gardens)
273 Lakeview Ave
Valhalla, NY 10595
(888) KENSICO (536-7426)
www.kensico.org   

This is an absolutely gorgeous cemetery set on over 400 acres in Westchester.

Woodlawn Cemetery
517 East 233rd St  
New York, NY 10470
(718) 920-0500
www.thewoodlawncemetery.org

The 400 acres of this national historic landmark are truly stunning.  There are many notable “residents” and many of the 1300 mausoleums were designed by notable architects.

Other Cemetery Options

Although getting buried in Manhattan is nearly impossible there are a number of beautiful cemeteries in close proximity.  All of these cemeteries have spots that would make lovely final resting places. 

QUEENS, NY:

Calvary Cemetery
(718) 786-8000
www.calvarycemeteryqueens.com

Cedar Grove Cemetery
(718) 939-2041
www.thecedargrovecemetery.com

Mount Hebron Cemetery
(718) 939-9405 ‎
www.mounthebroncemetery.com

Mount Zion Cemetery
(718) 335-2500
www.mountzioncemetery.com

Mount Lebanon
(718) 821-0200
www.mountlebanoncemetery.com

Saint John Cemetery
(718) 416-8600
www.cathcemetery-bklyn.org

St. Michael’s Cemetery
(718) 278- 3240
www.stmichaelscemetery.com

BRONX, NY:

St. Raymond’s Cemetery
(718) 792-1133
www.straymondparish.org/cemetery.html

WESTCHESTER, NY:

Gate of Heaven
(914) 769-3672
www.gateofheavenny.com  

Greenwood Union Cemetery
(914) 967 – 0095
www.greenwoodunion.org

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
914-631-0081
www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org

Westchester Hills Cemetery
914-478-1767
www.swfs.org/cemetery

Hotels

In general, Uptown NYC is an expensive place to stay. There are numerous options in this area ranging in cost, location and amenities. Here’s a small selection of choices that are in close proximity to some of our selected funeral homes.

$                up to 150
$$             151 to 250
$$$           251 to 350
$$$$        351 and up

The Franklin Hotel
164 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128
(212) 369-1000
www.franklinhotel.com

Visitors constantly praise this European-style bed and breakfast as a top choice in New York City. The Franklin offers complimentary breakfast, WiFi, and use of gym next door. This incredibly charming upscale hotel is a fantastic choice, especially for the cost. $$

The Lucerne Hotel
201 West 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 875-1000
www.thelucernehotel.com

This is a lovely upscale hotel on the Upper West Side. Their staff does everything in their power to ensure the happiness of their guests. The luxurious rooms, modern gym, and appealing attached restaurant combine to make this a very attractive option. $$

The Surrey Hotel
20 East 76th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 288-3800
www.thesurrey.com

This is a luxurious hotel located in the elite Upper East Side of Manhattan, combines classic character with all modern indulgences. Guests can relax from the day by soaking in their tub, having a drink in Bar Pleiades or dining at Michelin star Cafe Bouloud.  $$$$

Other Notable Hotels

The Comfort Inn Central Park West       $
31 West 71st Street NYC, NY, 10023
(212) 721-4770
www.comfortinn.com

The Mark Hotel                                       $$$$
25 East 77th Street NYC, NY, 10075
(212) 744-4300
www.themarkhotel.com

Hotel Wales                                                   $$
1295 Madison Ave. NYC, NY, 10128
(212) 876-6000
www.hotelwalesnyc.com

Marmara Manhattan                            $$-$$$
301 East 94th Street, NYC NY 10128
(212) 427-3100
www.marmara-manhattan.com

Restaurants

While there are numerous restaurants in New York City you should always contact your desired choice before showing up with a large group; not only do you want to be certain that they can accommodate you, but they also might have a special event private room and/or menu.  These are just a few ideas for restaurants that are close to some of the recommended funeral homes. Also, you might want to consider a favorite local restaurant or Barney Greengrass, Zabar’s, or Eli’s to cater a Shiva or lunch at your home.

Caryle Restaurant
35 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021
(212) 570-7192
www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/the-carlyle-new-york/dining/the-carlyle-restaurant

Located in the Carlyle hotel, this restaurant can meet all the dining needs of local residents. They have multiple rooms to accommodate parties of various sizes.

Isabella’s
359 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
(212) 724-2100
www.isabellas.com

This restaurant is a brunch institution on the Upper West Side. Situated on a sunny street corner, it is a lovely venue for a luncheon.


Toni’s Di Napoli
www.tonysnyc.com
1081 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10065
(212) 888-6333

147 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
(212) 221-0100

All dishes are served family-style and they have private rooms at both locations. They are also able to meet the demands of different budgets.

Other Restaurant Options

Carmine's
www.carminesnyc.com
2450 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-2200

200 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
(212) 221-3800

Café D’Alsace
1695 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
(212) 722-5133
www.cafedalsace.com

Sarabeth’s
www.sarabethsrestaurants.com
1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128
(212) 410-7335

423 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
(212) 496-6280

Other Helpful Local Resources

Cancer Care Thrift Shop
1480 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 879-9868
www.cancercare.org/support_us/thrift_shop

Cancer Care specializes in more upscale items. All contributions are tax-deductible and proceeds go to benefit those fighting this disease.

Doyle
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128
www.doylenewyork.com

This small auction house focuses on estate appraisals and sales.

Goodwill
www.goodwill.org/locator
217 West 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 874-5050

1704 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10128
(212) 831-1830

Michael’s –The Consignment Shop for Women
1041 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 737-7273
www.michaelsconsignment.com

This consignment shop focuses solely on luxury goods; items brought in must have a designer label intact. They split the proceeds from the item 50/50 with the seller.

Unique Boutique Donation Center
487 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-8877

This thrift store is a favorite of locals. They take clothing and home goods.

The Dream Clean
www.thedreamclean.com

Although there are a few cleaning services that can be purchased online, this seems the most legitimate. I choose them for two reasons; they give you a direct quote online and they have a specific selection for deep clean “moving out.”