"Battery Park City and the Authority are not just about the buildings – it’s about the character of the community that has developed over time. Public space has had a new renaissance in New York City, but here in Battery Park City is where it started."


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After completion of repairs as part of its Waterproofing and Leak Remediation project, BPCA reopened the Irish Hunger Memorial to the public on Friday, July 28. Said BPCA President & COO Shari Hyman:

“The Irish Hunger Memorial was first dedicated 15 years ago this month; today it re-opens to stand for coming generations as a place of reflection and remembrance. And just as America has long welcomed immigrants from Ireland and beyond, we’re pleased to once again welcome Battery Park City visitors to experience this poignant tribute to the unbreakable human spirit.”

The Irish Hunger Memorial is a public work of art located at North End Avenue and Vesey Street in Battery Park City. Containing stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties, it was conceived of and designed by artist Brian Tolle and intended to be a contemplative space devoted to raising awareness of the Great Irish Hunger and Migration of 1845-1852.

The Memorial was dedicated in July 2002. It is open 8:00am-9:00PM from May-October, and 8:00am-7:00PM from November-April.

More information about the Irish Hunger Memorial can be found here. The Memorial’s free mobile app can be downloaded here.

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