Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, State of New York
Battery Park City Authority • 200 Liberty Street • New York, NY 10281 • 212.417.2000

Museums And Memorials

Museums And Memorials

Irish Hunger Memorial

Brian Tolle
North End Avenue and Vesey Street

Construction Details
Concrete: 1,832 cubic yards
Cantilever re-bar: 230,000 pounds
Kilkenny limestone facade: 4,050 sq. ft.
Glass panels for text: 3,700 linear ft.
Stones and boulders: 350,000 pounds

Dedicated on July 16, 2002, the Irish Hunger Memorial (which takes its name from the Irish term for the famine of 1845-52, "An Gorta Mor," The Great Hunger) stands on a half-acre site at the corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue in Battery Park City, between the Embassy Suites Hotel and the Hudson River.

In March, 2000, the Authority commissioned the design of "a contemplative space, devoted to raising public awareness of the events that led to the Great Irish Hunger and Migration of 1845-1852." The Memorial was intended to serve also as a catalyst for addressing current issues of world hunger.