Irish Hunger Memorial
290 Vesey Street
in Manhattan - Financial District
New York City, New York
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First reviewed by Blair
Interesting concept, an Irish country cottage ruin amidst Battery Park high rise buildings. It's a landscape lifted (literally as becomes apparent from a walk around the park) above the city street. One of the few restful places in the area and certainly an interesting contradiction to its surroundings. Not a major memorial, not one to travel from another country to see, but great if you're in the area.
Downtown just west of the World Financial Center, the Irish Hunger Memorial is a testimonial not only to the Potato Famine but to food calamities worldwide and throughout history. Staged as an authentic Irish cottage with native vegetation, the Memorial is a free activity that is educational and a awe inspiring.
Gild Hall is very close to Battery Park and the Irish Hunger Memorial is an interesting stop, not too far from Ground Zero. Overlooking New York Harbor, it's quite beautiful--like a rural Irish landscape with ruins of an abandoned stone cottage--and moving, with many lovely and sad quotes along the walls that document the history of the Great Famine, as well as current thoughts and statistics on world hunger.