For sale: Long-term residence. Room for family of six. Prime Soho location with quiet neighbors. Must be dead.
The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral plans to open its
200-year-old crypt to the public for the first time — selling a
six-person family vault in the catacombs for $7 million.
The boneyard is beneath the Mulberry Street church, hidden behind tall wooden doors and 4-foot-thick stone walls.
Whoever buys the prime spot “can be buried with the people that set
the Catholic faith in motion in New York,” said crypt keeper Frank
Alfieri, the director of the centuries-old basilica’s cemetery and
columbaria, which hold ashes from cremation.
Maybe they’ll have a better shot at getting into heaven, with the
resting place near that of the first bishop of New York, John Connolly,
who has been at rest in the basilica since 1825.
For an extra push through purgatory, offered spot will also be near many other religious figures buried in a clerical vault.
And the lawn will be taken care of...