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Irish Hunger Memorial in Battery Park City: See photos

There's "a metaphor for the Great Irish Famine" right here in New York City.

The Irish Hunger Memorial, located on Vesey Street and North End Avenue in Battery Park City, was designed by artist Brian Tolle.

Construction for the memorial began in March 2001. It was completed and dedicated on July 16, 2002.

Scroll down for a look at the Irish Hunger Memorial.

Tunnel into the memorial

To enter the Irish Hunger Memorial, one must
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To enter the Irish Hunger Memorial, one must walk to the rear of the structure and through a passageway. The entrance is lined with 2 miles of text cast as shadows on glass to elicit an eerie aura and allow the flexibility to move and change text as needed over time. The words reflect historical and modern thoughts on famine and are separated by layers of imported Kilkenny limestone, according to the memorial's website.

Arrival at famine-era cottage

After walking through the tunnel of text, visitors
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After walking through the tunnel of text, visitors at the Irish Hunger Memorial will arrive inside the cottage donated from the Slack family, to whom the cottage originally belonged, according to the Memorial's app. It is "an expression of solidarity to those who left from those who stayed behind," the app said.

Pathway at the memorial

Visitors stroll along the path on a slight
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Visitors stroll along the path on a slight incline surrounded by native Irish flora. "The memorial is not a miniature Ireland. It is a fragment of a landscape," Tolle said in the audio part of the memorial's app.

The lay of the land

Bearberry, Foxglove, Ling Heather, Blackthorn and more, for
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Bearberry, Foxglove, Ling Heather, Blackthorn and more, for a total of 62 indigenous plants, can be found on the grounds of the Irish Hunger Memorial. The plants are maintained and preserved in their natural state to mirror a rural landscape similar to that of western Ireland. There are about a dozen different grasses on the memorial, Tolle said in an audio portion of the memorial's app.

Irish stones

The Irish Hunger Memorial is decorated with stones
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The Irish Hunger Memorial is decorated with stones from each of Ireland's 32 counties. "It was important that the stones were not exceptional, that they were typical of the region they came from," Tolle said in the audio portion of the memorial's app. The stones are arranged along the pathway so that visitors can see and touch them easily.

View from above

The top of the Irish Hunger Memorial, 25
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The top of the Irish Hunger Memorial, 25 feet above ground, offers a great view of the Jersey City skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Definitely worth checking out

The Irish Hunger Memorial is free and open
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The Irish Hunger Memorial is free and open from about 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. November through April, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May through October. If nothing else, check it out because a scene from "P.S. I Love You" was filmed here.

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