Gallery: Curious Irish Hunger Memorial is a Green-Roofed Monument in Ba...

Even the most been-there-done-that New Yorkers might find themselves surprised to stumble upon the Irish Hunger Memorial, a sloping patch of wild grass that protrudes from Vesey Street and conceals one of the city's hidden gems beneath. Designed by artist Brian Tolle, landscape artist Gail Wittwer-Laird and 1100 Architect, the green-roofed monument entices passersby with its curiously overgrown field and, once they are inside, educates them about the Great Irish Famine and Migration of 1845-1852, a devastating event which actually led many Irishmen to make New York their new home. Comprised of an elevated limestone plinth supported by stones from each of Ireland's 32 counties, the beautiful structure contains a dark passageway that eventually leads to an idyllic knoll that reaches towards Ellis Island, symbolizing the new beginning that many Irish found in America.

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  1. HBerk April 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    The Irish Hunger Memorial is not a green-roofed structure — its significance has nothing to do with green whatsoever; but your post now has people reposting about this being a green roof. A great thing to cover, but misleading and a ridiculous stretch for a green story.