Irish Hunger Memorial
Location: New York City (along the Hudson River, near the World Trade Center)
When to visit: Any time during daylight hours
Time needed to enjoy: 10-15 minutes
On my recent trip to New York City, I stumbled upon a weird-looking, elevated half-acre parklet called the Irish Hunger Memorial.
The site is dedicated to the million people who perished during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852. It contains an authentic, roofless Irish cottage, limestone from every county of Ireland, as well as a garden area with native Irish plants. The walls are adorned with poetry and depressing writings about famine and hunger.
The weird thing about the memorial is that it’s not well-marked. In fact, I visited and left without knowing what it was. I had to Google it later to discover its purpose. A bit more signage would be appropriate.