The Downtown Irish Stroll: Irish Guide to New York City
COLLECT POND PARK: This park represents the site of the 18th century Collect Pond, a large pool of water fed by an underground spring. However, by the early 19th century the body of water had transformed into an open sewer. Around 1810 the city had filled the pond with land from an adjacent hill. The land began to emit a foul odor, driving it residents away until the eventual settlement of the notorious Five Points slum, named for the five “points” that defined its territory: Mulberry Street, Anthony (present-day Worth) Street, Cross (present-day Musco) Street, Orange (present-day Baxter) Street, and Little Water Street (no longer exists). Leonard Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets
EMIGRANTS SAVINGS BANK: If you are doing the entire walk through the area, you’ll pass this bank, founded by Irish emigrants as a mutual savings bank in 1850. 261 Broadway at Warren Street
THE IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL: Devoted to raising public awareness of the Great Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór) and migration of 1845-1852, this memorial stands on a half-acre site just off the Hudson River. A platform produced from Kilkenny limestone elevates a mass of lush green grass above the concrete of the city streets. Containing stones from each of Ireland’s 32 counties, fossils from the ancient Irish seabed and numerous quotes etched into frosted glass, the memorial also houses a traditional fieldstone cottage from Carradoogan. Corner of Vesey Street and North End Avenue in Battery Park City
TRINITY PLACE: To enter this Irish pub you’ll step down the bustling downtown sidewalk through a golden 35 ton bank vault door which will lead you into this cavernous restaurant and bar space that occupies a former bank vault dating back to 1904. This pub marries Old World charm with modern indulgence to create an elegant yet relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. 115 Broadway between Pine Street and Thames Street
THE FULL SHILLING: Another convenient downtown watering hole where you’re likely to be greeted by an Irish brogue upon walking through the door. The main backbar and counter are 105 years old, directly transferred by boat from its original home at a bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The authenticity of the bar builds upon the Old World charm of the space. 160 Pearl Street between Pine St. and Wall St.