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Ireland in New York City – Irish Famine

November 1st, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments

An authentic 19th century Irish roofless cottage sits on a modern, angular structure located on one of the most expensive real estate in New York City. Majestic yet quaint. Quiet yet hectic. Tragic yet inspiring.

It is a garden jutting out from the earth at an angle, or in my mind, a giant skateboard tilted 45 degrees from the ground. I walked past it so many times and I have no idea it was a memorial! It could easily pass off as a wonderful park.

I walked into the ultra modern tunnel-like walkway, which I liken it to an entrance of a modern art museum. And then the landscaping hit me…

If I blocked out the high-rise buildings around me, I could make believe that I was in an Irish countryside. The landscaping is incredible. The designer, landscaper and architect did an amazing job of relocating a real piece of Ireland into New York City.

This memorial is a monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845 to 1850). On formal records, over a million people perished. About 800,000 survived by escaping to New York City which explained the strong foothold of Irish culture and heritage in the city.

Some sources called the ‘Great Irish Famine’ a cover up to the ‘Irish Holocaust’ whereby over five million Irish were murdered. They described it as genocide, mass murder and even ethnic cleansing.

Over two miles of writings based on poems, quotations and statistics related to the famine wrapped around the entrance and exterior of the memorial.  Irish music and recordings of personal memoirs playing in the background pulled me back further into history.  One can close one’s eyes and be lost in time.

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial (2002), corner of Vesey St and North End Ave, Battery Park City, New York City

Who: Designer, Brian Tolle. Landscape Designer, Gail Wittwer-Laird. Architect, 1100 Architect.

Why: Monument of the Great Irish Famine to highlight hunger in the world.

Mira

Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

PS: This post was originally posted on Oct 28, 2009. It has to be reposted as the database was reset.

Love is in the Air in Manhattan – Paired Pigeons Mate

October 24th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

Paired Pigeons Mate

Minutes after I left the two lovebirds, Shia Labeuof and Carey Mulligan, at the Irish Hunger Memorial, I saw another two real lovebirds right in front of me. They were preening each other and then….French kissed! No kidding, see pictures below!

This is the first time I have ever seen Pigeons kissed, let along French kissing. What’s going on? First, it was Labeouf and Mulligan holding hands minutes earlier, and now the Pigeons are French kissing…Is Love in the air in Manhattan?

If there is a season for Love, Fall must be it.

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:19 am on Oct 23, 2009        (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

(For Pigeons, the ‘French kiss’ is called billing, which is ‘often a prelude to mating…Once paired, pigeons may mate for life.’ Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website)

So apparently, ‘once paired, Pigeons may mate for life’. Is this a good omen for Labeuof and Mulligan?

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel.

Is it Going to be a Cold Winter, Sammy?

October 16th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

There he was, poking his head out from the shrubs as we walked along South cove in Battery Park City.

Sammy, the squirrel lives in an acorn-less area just behind South Cove. Howard and I would usually pick up some acorns on North Cove, where they are in abundance, and bring them to the South Cove.

We call it our morning ‘Communist Project’, spreading the ‘Acorn Wealth’.

Karen, our yoga teacher shared with us that Squirrels could sense if it is going to be a cold winter. They would try to store as much food (mainly nuts) as they could before the winter if they sensed that it is going to be nasty one. So, we started to look out for Sammy and his friends to see if they have been gorging themselves silly this fall.

Yes, people rely on the meteorologists, and we really on good old Sammy. We have not noticed the binge eating and storing as yet.

However, news has been recently released that this winter might be one of the coldest winters ever or the coldest in this decade for the Northeast.

If this is true, Sammy, quick go stock up!

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: Morning of June 14, 2009

Mira

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

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