The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Mulberry Street is offering a real estate deal to die for. For the first time in its 200-year-old history, the cathedral is selling a six-person family vault in its catacombs to members of the public for $7 million — a relative bargain when you consider how much it would cost to house six (living) people in Soho.
According to the New York Post, the crypt was previously reserved for the “pious or industrious” dead, including notable New Yorkers like John Kelly, a leader of Tammany Hall, General Thomas Eckert, an advisor to Abraham Lincoln and members of the Delmonico family, of the famed Delmonico’s restaurant. Now, members of the public to purchase can be buried at St. Patrick’s as well — provided they can afford it.
“We thought it would be better served if a Catholic family who wanted to be buried in New York had a place to go,” the director of the cemetery told the Post.
St. Patrick’s is the only Catholic cemetery in Manhattan, and has graves dating back to the 1700’s. [NYP]