Babylon, New York: Gravestones as Jetties

In the aftermath of several bad hurricanes, local shore communities have used discarded tombstones in their jetties to protect the beach.

Oak Island Beach Community Center

Oak Beach Rd, Babylon, NY
Oak Island Beach Community Center. From the eastbound side of Ocean Pkwy, about a mile west of the Robert Moses Causeway, turn right onto Oak Beach Rd. The beach parking lot is straight ahead. If you turn right and follow Oak Beach Rd to the west, you'll see the Community Center in about three-quarters of a mile, on the left.
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Tombstone - At Rest.

Gravestones as Jetties

Was calm, quiet on New Year's Eve.

[Debra, 01/04/2020]

Gravestone jetty.

Gravestones as Jetties

Near the Oak Island Beach Community Center -- gravestones used as jetties.

[Rich Frejomil, 11/01/2016]

Jetty tombstone.

Gravestones as Jetties

The town of Babylon has used old gravestones with errors as jetties to protect the beach. There are two spots to see them. One is at the entrance to Oak Beach in the main parking lot, at the southeast corner of the beach. And if you drive down the the road to the right about a three quarters of a mile, there is a community center, and behind it is another batch of gravestones. Some are even face up where you can see the names.

[howard, 08/15/2014]

Some of the gravestones have been there since 1985, when the town used the unwanted tombstones in a novel approach to recycling.

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