Postcard from the Irish Famine Memorial

September 5, 2013 in New York City,Places,United States

After Aly and I spent the afternoon hitting balls at the Chelsea Piers Golf Club, we decided to take a leisurely bike ride along the West Side Highway and through Battery Park. As we rode through the Financial District, we were shocked to see a grassy knoll squarely situated among the skyscrapers.

Irish Famine Memorial in New York City

What we had stumbled across was the Irish Famine Memorial: a public art installation designed to raise public awareness of the Great Irish Famine and Migration of 1845-1852. Consisting of imported Kilkenny limestone (more than 300 million years old, complete with fossils!) and plenty of greenery, the memorial features text from both original famine reports and current statistics on world hunger. Up the sloped hill and pas a ruined cottage and stones, the overlook offers views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Truly a hidden gem, and well worth a visit if you’re in the neighborhood–if only for a moment of serenity and reflection.


Irish Famine Memorial in New York City

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Have you ever visited the Irish Famine Memorial? Did you know that  800,000 New York City residents (including me!)  trace their ancestry to Ireland?


  • zof

    A great concept! I love it! I knew about the famine and migration but I had no idea there is such a monument in NYC…

  • Gosh, that’s stunning. I wish I’d been able to see it when I was last in NYC. Speaking of immigrants, I highly suggest you go to the Tenement Museum on the LES if you haven’t yet 🙂 such an amazing experience.

  • Stephania

    I was just there yesterday! One the of my favorite places in Battery Park. I went to high school in the area and loved spending a few minutes there whenever I got a chance. Peaceful. Glad you brought attention to it. Truly a remarkable place to visit, even if only for a few minutes.

  • I have never been there before and didn’t even know it existed, I can’t believe it!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Never knew it existed! What a great find.

  • camorose

    It’s such a cool little space in New York City, super easy to overlook.

  • camorose

    I have lived right around the corner from the Tenement Museum for the last 9 months and haven’t visited! I’m moving tomorrow, but I’ll definitely make a trip back to go to the museum before the end of the year!

  • camorose

    Yes! Nothing you need to spend all day at, but it’s a lovely place to wander and reflect for a moment.

  • camorose

    We were just biking by and were like–we should stop! So glad we did 🙂

  • camorose

    Such a nice escape from the city for a moment!

  • I have indeed! (of course anyone who knows me probably isn’t surprised) Last time I went to NYC I stayed with a friend who lived quite close to the memorial, I don’t know that I would have found it otherwise though.

  • I had no idea this existed – definitely adding it to my list of NYC spots to visit!

  • camorose

    We just stumbled across it on a bike ride–but so happy we did! Such a great space in the city.

  • camorose

    Yay! It’s such a good find!

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