In the hurly burly that is NYC, the Irish Famine Memorial is a certain oasis of calm. The Irish famine memorial recalls the one million that died and further one million the had to emigrated as a result of the potatoes famine of the 1840s. The thing I love about this mini park is the new age look from the outside and transportation to rural Ireland inside. The site itself has the shape of a very large dolmen - an ancient Irish monument that is found throughout the Emerald Isle.
Inside the monument is an oasis of a small verdant Irish small holding with lush grass and melancholic deserted stone Irish house. When I visited, I was the only Irish there and probably the only one that realized what the whole monument was about. But perhaps that wasn't a bad thing. For those that didn't know this was a simple place of peace rather than a monument of a dark time that my people has chosen to disregard because the truth is too painful. Many many of the one million that emigrated ended up at least initially in New York, this is a fitting memorial to them and a pleasant area of respite to those who know little of them.
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