Not far from Ground Zero, the Battery Park City neighborhood in lower Manhattan has greatly changed in the years since 9/11.
The Alliance for Downtown New York now provides a free shuttle bus, making it incredibly convenient to enjoy the restaurants, endless activities, and green spaces encompassed within the bustling districts of lower Manhattan.
I stepped off a shuttle bus at an unexpected stop, catching sight of a poignantly composed green sward.
Designed by artist Brian Tolle, with landscape architect Gail Wittwer-Laird among the project’s team, The Irish Hunger Memorial commemorates the famine of the mid-1880s, and at the same time, raises awareness for all who face hunger in the world today.
An authentic stone cottage from County Mayo is incorporated into the transformative, cantilevered terrain of the 1/2-acre site, where the pathways wind through a landscape planted with native species from Ireland.
An architectural expanse of Irish limestone and glass reveals layers of text, bringing to light and involving the visitor in a commentary spanning historical and contemporary issues.
At the Memorial’s high point, a vista frames the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island in the distance.
The garden’s effect is luminous yet subdued: A potent reminder.
The Memorial is located at Vesey Street and North End Avenue.
Visit the Battery Park city Parks Conservancy web site for a map and directions: www.bpcparks.org