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“Not a destination......”

Irish Hunger Memorial
Ranked #112 of 1,196 things to do in New York City
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Not worth a trip by itself, but if going to stroll the parks of lower Manhattan - Battery Park through North Park - then stopping to look at this monument is worthwhile.

It does have a good view of the river, but we could not see the Statue Of Liberty as the monument claims.

Thank Tim_Kris_L
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

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.

Strongly recommended.

3  Thank Kevin f
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

I felt like I was in my granda's back garden in Ireland. This is very good but it was lashing rain so we only had a quick visit. There are some good and interesting facts on the wall in the tunnel which you could spend an hour or two reading. Very interesting over all and best of all it's free.

Thank Grainne F
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite finds in NYC. The inside of the memorial (a kind of stone-house) has walls inscribed with profound quotes about hunger from prominent figures around the world. These speak not only to the Irish famine of historical significance but also to modern-day occurrences of hunger in places such as the Sudan. The slanted roof of the monument is covered in foliage and grasses reminiscent of the Irish countryside - providing a lovely miniature oasis for those with Irish roots (even if only at heart). One can even have a bit of fun here trying to find the rocks that are from each of the counties of Ireland (each rock is inscribed with the county name). I would highly advise a visit anytime spring through fall, but avoid the winter as much of the wonder of this sight is the live greenery.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Scheduled to open in the terrible weeks following September 11th, 2001, The Irish Hunger
Monument almost got lost in the terrible rush of those times. Now it is a site of serenity and
remarkable beauty in the forest of sky scrappers that compose Battery Park City in NYC.

Walk toward the Hudson River across Chambers Street... taking your time to imagine that
EVERYTHING West of the West Side Highway was built, is being built - on landfill. Much from
the excavations of the original World Trade Center monoliths.

And there on the river shore, an acre of Ireland as it would have been during the terrible years
of the potato famine. Carved around the base, the names, the places, the memories of that
scourge of mankind: HUNGER. A wonderful place to savor the beauty and wonder of our
own lives - and to experience gratitude!

P.S. The City has created a marvelous park along the Hudson River. Stroll down to the
yacht basin, the Holocaust Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, great views of
Lady Liberty and NY Harbor... and the best free boat ride in the world: the Staten Island Ferry.
Or, head up: Soho, Greenwich Village, the High Line, the new and soon to be opened
Whitney Museum... and there in the distance: the Great White way of Broadway!

All by finding your way to the Irish Hunger Monument.

1  Thank DuncanSullivan997
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