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Last week I revisited a site that’s not very well-known, but one that’s very unique. It’s the Irish Hunger Memorial, located in the neighborhood of Battery Park City, in southern Manhattan.

The memorial was built in order to raise awareness of the great famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852, when more than one-and-a-half million people died. It has an interesting cantilever design. You enter at street level through a dark passage, emerge into an abandoned Irish cottage, and then make your way up a winding path to a viewing platform facing the Hudson River. Statistics, quotes and poems are displayed on the outer walls and entry passage, and inside the garden are soil and native vegetation from the west coast of Ireland. Throughout the landscape there are also rocks from each of Ireland’s 32 counties. The abandoned cottage is from the 19th century, and was donated by ancestors of the Irish family that lived there.

This memorial opened on July 16, 2002, and it’s a surprising patch of greenery in the middle of huge skyscrapers. The World Trade Center is only a block away.

This first photo shows the unique design from the front. You can see the entrance, and, directly above it, the viewing platform.

In the WS are two more views.

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1934 W: 337 N: 4325] (15458)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2021-09-24
  • Exposure: f/1.8, 1/416 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-28 13:18
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