Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
I just lost a loved one, how do I move forward with making plans?
Download our guide “What to do when a loved one dies”for a quick reference. Then contact us and tell the counselor that you have an immediate need. If you need to reserve a space, let us know and we will help you find something appropriate. If you already have a space reserved, provide the account information or just the name of the purchaser and we will take it from there. You will need to contact a funeral director to transport and prepare the remains for final disposition, and they will ask if you have a cemetery space reserved.
If you would like help in coping with your grief and living with your loss, Trinity offers the following information to support and guide you. You are also welcome to speak with one of our priests. Please email to make an appointment.
Trinity Church is an Episcopal church. Do I need to be Episcopalian to be interred at the Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum
Trinity Cemetery is open to people of any faith tradition.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer payment plans when planning ahead, but not for immediate needs. If you are planning ahead, a 33% down payment is required to reserve a space. Contact us to learn more about costs and specifics.
Do you conduct in-ground burials?
We are currently offering space in our above-ground community mausoleums (full bodied casketed entombment is available), but not in the cemetery grounds.
What is a niche?
A niche is a space designed to hold one urn containing cremated remains. Companion niches hold two urns in the same space together.
What is a crypt?
A crypt is a space in a community mausoleum that is designed to hold full-bodied casketed remains. A crypt can be designed to hold either one casket or as many as eight, to be reserved to meet a family’s specific needs.
What is a community mausoleum?
A community mausoleum is a large building that holds multiple people’s casketed remains in above-ground crypt spaces. It is available to anyone and not privately owned or controlled by a single family.
Why would I choose a niche rather than scatter my loved one’s ashes somewhere other than a cemetery?
The cemetery grounds are consecrated grounds that have been dedicated to the care and respectful remembrance of the deceased. Families are comforted to find a permanent memorial being cared for in a peaceful and beautifully maintained facility where they can come to reflect and commune with their departed.
Do I have to visit the cemetery to reserve a space?
No, it is not necessary for you to visit the cemetery to reserve a space. Although you may wish to walk the grounds to find your space, if a visit is not possible, we can still help you.
Is there parking at the cemetery?
Yes, there is limited parking for visitors. Enter through the vehicular gate at 601 W. 153rd St. and follow the winding road to the parking area. Check out our visitor hours.
Do you offer guided tours of the historic cemetery?
The cemetery does not offer guided tours on a regular basis. If you have a group and would like to schedule a tour email the office to arrange an appointment. You can download our self-guided tour and explore the grounds on your own. See hours and directions.
Can I use the location for my film or photo shoot?
Productions that are insured may apply for a film permit by emailing the office . Applications must be received at least three weeks prior to the requested filming date and any fees must be paid in advance.
Where is Alexander Hamilton’s grave?
Alexander Hamilton is not buried at the Hamilton Heights location. He is buried downtown in Trinity Churchyard at Broadway and Wall Street.
Are Trinity Cemetery and Trinity Churchyard the same thing?
No. Trinity Cemetery is located in Hamilton Heights on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. Trinity Churchyard is located outside of Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan. Trinity parish also includes St. Paul’s Chapel and its historic churchyard, located at Broadway and Fulton Street.
Are interment options available at Trinity Churchyard and St. Paul’s Chapel Churchyard in Lower Manhattan?
No, these are not active cemeteries. Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hamilton Heights offers the only active mausoleum in Manhattan. There are no in-ground burial options available in Manhattan.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with additional questions or for clarification.