Walking New York: The Irish Hunger Memorial

“Walking New York” is my post-series on sights that you can enjoy in New York for cheap of free, just by walking. There is so much to see and do in this massive and culturally inspiring city. If you have a suggestion for a place for me to walk, feel free to let me know through my contact page.

It was the middle of the day, so I decided that I wanted to visit another country, Ireland perhaps. So, I got up, hopped on the subway and went!

Ok, so clearly I just went to the Irish Hunger Memorial (clever you, you read the title of the article!), but it is truly one of the most impressive memorials I have seen in NYC (map). Take a look at some of the pictures I took:

After you walk through the passageway that goes under the memorial, you come to this view. Instantly you are no longer in NYC.
After you walk through the passageway that goes under the memorial, you come to this view. Instantly you are no longer in NYC.
I have never been to Ireland, but the stone walls and the grass are exactly what I imagine they would be like.
I have never been to Ireland, but the stone walls and the grass are exactly what I imagine they would be like.
I love the iron fence and the attention to detail.
I love the iron fence and the attention to detail.
Another shot of what it feels like to be there. Of course, you can see a little bit of Jersey peeking out on the left side!
Another shot of what it feels like to be there. Of course, you can see a little bit of Jersey peeking out on the left side!
And finally a wider view. The crane could only hurt the magic slightly.
And finally a wider view. The crane could only hurt the magic slightly.

There are at least nine plants found in Ireland that are included in the memorial and a brochure that tells you all about the memorial and the artist who created it as you walk in. This is a great place to stop by, but it is actually fairly small, so this is definitely a light walking New York. However, nearby is Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, which is beautiful in its own right. It has great fields for relaxing and enjoying the Springtime and in addition, I’m convinced that there isn’t a view in the world that makes Jersey look more beautiful. Take a look:

Along the boardwalk, a pretty view of Jersey.
Along the boardwalk, a pretty view of Jersey.

If you want to visit the Irish Hunger Memorial, here are the details:

 
Where: North End Ave and Vesey St., Manhattan (walk to the raised side to enter underneath the memorial)
Subways: 1/2/3, or A/C to Chambers St. 4/5 to Fulton St. E to World Trade. R to City Hall. A couple blocks walk west from those stations
When to Go: On a nice, sunny, warm day, preferably with a nice breeze coming off the Hudson!

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8 thoughts on “Walking New York: The Irish Hunger Memorial

  1. Phil April 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    In all the years I have lived here I did not know about this spot. I need to check it out.
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    • Mr NYBudget April 24, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      I hadn’t either until recently. Apparently it’s been around since 2002!

  2. No Nonsense Landlord April 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    I never heard of that place. If I ever visit NY, it may be on my list. too many people in NY for me though…
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    • Mr NYBudget April 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

      “If I ever visit NY…too many people” – how do you know if there are too many people if you haven’t visited yet? Also, often, when people say there are too many people in NYC, they mean that there are too many people in the tourist destinations that they have seen. I probably would have said there were too many people in NY too, back when I was growing up across the street from a cow pasture, without a neighbor for at least half a mile.

      I think it’s important for people to expand their horizons a bit. Living in NYC has been great for me for just that reason.

  3. EL @ Moneywatch101 April 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Thats a cool view and Irish hangout, but wheres the pub? I am always visiting near the village, so I will consider going further downtown. Thanks.
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    • Mr NYBudget April 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Haha! It would be amazing if they had a little pub there! We should suggest that enhancement.

  4. Debby May 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I’m proud to say that as a non-native New Yorker, I have been there and you’re absolutely right: it’s a gem! Not a lot of people seem to know the place and it was quiet and peaceful when I was there last summer. Definitely not overrun by tourists! 🙂
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    • Mr NYBudget May 1, 2014 at 7:42 am

      You are definitely the authority on fun and interesting places to go in the city! Definitely let me know when you have your adventures – I would love to tag along!

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