Sewer grate at E 9th St & 3rd Ave. East Village, New York.

An Gorta Mor in Irish Gaelic — here better known as the Great Irish Famine — killed more than a million people in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. Overlooking the Hudson River, Brian Tolle’s cooperative effort with 1100 Architecture is a clever structure: a complete rural Irish landscape is supported on a tunneled base containing bands of imported Kilkenny limestone. Between these bands, texts are carved in frosted glass and backlit, retelling the history of the Great Famine in combination with reports about hunger elsewhere in the world. Construction began in March 2001 in the shadow of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and it was finished in July 2002 despite the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The memorial carries a complete rural Irish landscape on its back. As a reminder of the ones left behind, the slanted landscape contains stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties. Visitors walk up through a modern tunnel and an authentic stone cottage and ascend along stone walls, fallow potato fields, and the flora of the Connacht wetlands to the top of the memorial, where they can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the distance. The cottage is a carefully reconstructed original 19th-century building, donated by Tolle’s extended family, the Slacks of Attymass, County Mayo, Ireland.

North End Ave & River Terrace at Vesey St (Battery Park City, Manhattan)

NYPL, exhibition, blogged - a triple announcement

NYPL: Come to my free “illustrated talk" about POVNYC at the New York Public Library! Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 6:30 pm on the 6th floor at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. No reservations necessary.

Exhibition: Photographs from “Point of View New York City” and some “small planets” on display and for sale at Bar & Lounge Verlaine, daily from 5pm, now extended through Sunday, 8/10! 110 Rivington Street (just off Essex St), Lower East Side, New York.

Blogged: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York @jeremoss has a little Q&A on my book Point of View New York City and my talk at @NYPL. 

More info and photos at www.pointofviewnyc.com

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Illustrated Talk @ NYPL on “Point of View New York City”

Save the date and spread the word! I invite you to the New York Public Library for an illustrated talk on my book “Point of View New York City”. I’d love to play some guessing game with you and then present the concept and the making of the book.

New York Public Library
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
6:30 pm on the 6th floor

Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

"This illustrated lecture seeks to awaken the audience’s curiosity, challenging them to figure out where and what the photographs depict. It explores the many layers of the vast and always-evolving city of New York—playground, home, workplace, urban landscape. Made for both locals and tourists alike, this interactive photography talk will provide a unique experience for anyone who is interested in the sights of New York City. From the most recognizable landmarks to more obscure locations, the photographs collected here transcend the image of New York City that most are familiar with, diving into little known alleys and more intimate urban locations. It portrays the author’s personal map of "The City", with well known places seen from unusual perspectives - organized as a riddle game for native New Yorkers and tourists alike. Maps and a text part (with facts you probably never even heard of about our fair city) are also included."

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And, just in case you wouldn’t know what to do in the days before, here is another tip: Until this very date, Thursday, August 7th, 2014, I will have more than 50 prints of my photography up on the walls of Bar & Lounge Verlaine, 110 Rivington St. (just off Essex St.), Lower East Side, New York. Subway: F to Delancey St., buses: M9 or M14A to Essex & Rivington Sts. Open daily from 5pm. I can’t be on location, but the friendly staff at Verlaine hands out my business card along with a list of the work titles and prices, since all prints are for sale. Pick your poison and get in touch with me via email.

Exhibition extended

Extension, extension! Photographs of Point of View New York City and some corresponding images will be on display at the Bar & Lounge Verlaine, until Thursday, August 7th, from 5 pm on through the evening. Framed and unframed photos will be for sale, books are available in book stores or online via this website. If you can make it to the Lower East Side, come to Verlaine, 110 Rivington St. (just off Essex St). Subway: F to Delancey St., buses: M9 or M14A to Essex & Rivington Sts. [The photo is taken on the Western Long Island Sound, a bit east of City and Hart Islands.]

Short & Sweet: Photographs of Point of View New York City and some corresponding images will be on display at the Bar & Lounge Verlaine, between Wednesday, July 9th, and Saturday, July 12th, from 5 pm on through the evening. If you can make it to the Lower East Side, come to Verlaine, 110 Rivington St. (just off Essex St). Subway: F to Delancey St., buses: M9 or M14A to Essex & Rivington Sts.

Win a POVNYC copy

Win a copy of Point of View New York City ! Enter here at goodreads.com until July 27th, 2014!