NEW YORK (AP).- Dozens of tombstones and memorials have been vandalized at a historic New York City cemetery where celebrities are buried, causing $100,000 in damage.
The Daily News (http://nydn.us/ObQVzs ) says groundskeepers on Tuesday discovered 51 damaged and toppled plaques and statues scattered throughout Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, which opened in 1838.
Green-Wood Cemetery president Richard Moylan tells the newspaper most of the damaged monuments date to the 1800s. Green-Wood is asking for the public's help to pay for repairs.
The cemetery is a final resting place for historic figures including politician Boss Tweed, composer Leonard Bernstein, artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and actress Laura Keene, who was on stage when Abraham Lincoln was shot. The U.S. Department of the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
The police Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating.
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