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Boston: Boston Irish Famine Memorial

Boston: Boston Irish Famine Memorial
Made by wallyg
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine, where one million people were killed and another two million forced to flee Ireland, Boston's Irish community unveiled a $1 million memorial park on June 28, 1998. Sculpted by Robert Shure, the memorial features two life-size sculptures--one (pictured here) depicting a family leaving Ireland's shores, impoverished and desperate; and another depicting a , filled with hope and determination. Over 100,000 Irish refugees came to Boston between 1845 and 1849, transforming the city. Despite 'No Irish Need Apply' signs and other anti-Irish discrimination in Boston, the Irish ultimately prevailed, taking over the city government. The memorial park is located in downtown Boston, the park is sited along the city's Freedom Trail at the corner of Washington and School Streets, near Downtown Crossing, just a few blocks from where the Irish refugees first crowded into tenements along Boston's waterfront. Shure, a Brooklyn native was a unanimous selection in an international competition to design the memorial. He has produced a number of significant sculptures, notably the Korean War Monument in The Charlestown Navy Yard and the George Washington Memorial at the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. His local work includes the Ted Williams Tunnel plaque, the Boston police and firemen sculpture at International Place, the American Family monument at Norwood Town Common, the bronze sculptures of marathon runners at Copley Square Park, and the since removed giant teddy bear in front of F.A.O. Schwarz store in Back Bay.

BostonKearsargeVisit

BostonKearsargeVisit
Made by fotosqrrl
On the anniversary of our disastrous Great Fire of 1872, we had a visit from the Kearsarge, the antique fire engine that helped save the Old South Meeting House. The Amoskeag steam fire engine was manufactured in Manchester NH and was actually shipped from Portsmouth NH by train to Boston in response to telegraphed calls for help. Despite the rotten weather that day, there was some interest in seeing this bit of fire history. www.bostonfirehistory.org/photokearsargehandoutinside.pdf Why put it at Borders? It was actually directly across the street from Old South, the historic building that it helped to save.

Descending into bustle

Descending into bustle
Made by iMatthew
featured on Universal Hub (thanks Adam Gaffin!) Borders in downtown Boston on the first day of the going out-of-business sale. Down the escalator to a crowded first floor and ginormous line at the cashier station. As sorry as I was to see the Back Bay store close 6 months ago, this feels even sadder. I've purchased LOTS of books here over the years (although more than half of my purchases now are ebooks, I readily admit).

Untitled

Untitled
Made by Ludwig van Jaethoven
In walking through Boston Common, I saw a mound of crumbled ice sculpture. I climbed it, because I am amazing, and found this ice head at the top. Naturally, we took it with us all around Boston, taking pictures of it before returning it to the icy pile of rubble from whence it came. Here it is helping Justin mimic the statues in posing like a douche, as Jenny refuses to step out of frame and instead stares at the camera super cute with her bagel.

Great Irish Famine Statue - Boston (23 903)

Great Irish Famine Statue - Boston (23 903)
Made by malcolm bull
One of a pair of bronze statues to mark the Great Irish Famine (1845-52). This one depicts the harrowing figure of an emaciated women. The famine resulted in the deaths of 1 million people, with a further 1 million emmigrating from Ireland. The famine was triggered by a disease in the staple food known as potato blight. Whilst I'm not that familiar with the facts, actions of the British Government appear to have exacerbated the problem.

273. Sweet!

273. Sweet!
Made by ridiculously
The Sweet on School Street finally opened! Which means I have an excuse to take the long way to the T from work. After a trip to H&M this afternoon, I decided to grab a cupcake before heading home. They had cupcake cones! I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with this one. I think from now on, I'll stick to red velvet.

Colt

Colt
Made by BradMcGonigle
As I said before, I take shots like this simply because I love typography but the best part is that it is everywhere you look. This shot was of some probably iron numbers on the front of a building in Boston. You'd think I would pay attention to what building they were affixed to but that's not the case.

History and Shade

History and Shade
Made by AntyDiluvian
People gather in the shade across the street from he Old South Meeting House on Washington Street in Downtown Crossing. The trees and benches are part of the Irish Famine Memorial.

BostonMagazines

BostonMagazines
Made by fotosqrrl
It was a wet day and this fellow had obviously requisitioned dozens of free magazines (looks like the Improper Bostonian) from their box and strewn them on the pavement to get a drier sleeping surface. Ironically, the magazine stand of Borders was just on the other side of the window.

BostonBordersBrowsers

BostonBordersBrowsers
Made by fotosqrrl
An injured fellow and a cozy couple hang out at the Downtown Borders Bookstore. Sadly, although this is the last of the full-service new book/media stores in the Downtown Crossing area, it will be (according to the news) closed within the month.

Cadillac Tour - Boston (23 900)

Cadillac Tour - Boston (23 900)
Made by malcolm bull
One of the ways to see the sights of Boston is by a classic 1940 Cadillac Limo - even the driver adopts period character. www.antique-limousine.com/sightseeing.htm

Great Irish Famine Statue - Boston (23 904)

Great Irish Famine Statue - Boston (23 904)
Made by malcolm bull
One of a pair of bronze statues to mark the Great Irish Famine (1845-52). This one depicts a family of immigrants arriving in Boston - to start a new life. The famine triggered the emmigration of 1 million people.

City Bench

City Bench
Made by AntyDiluvian
No one is sitting on it -- wonder why. At the Irish Famine Memorial on Washington and School Streets. Borders Book Store is in the background.

Eat the Pigeon

Eat the Pigeon
Made by Niccolò Caranti
Boston Irish Famine Memorial I will be in Perugia for a few days. Bye!

A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand
Made by AntyDiluvian
A pigeon sits on the extended fingers of a figure in the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing. (The usual shot -- and I have my share -- is of a pigeon sitting on her head.)

2011-38: Man who stands in the doorway

2011-38: Man who stands in the doorway
Made by bchaplin
And continues to stand, unconcerned and oblivious, as the doors open and everyone is forced to squeeze past him, slowing down the people getting on the train. Two stops in a row.

LaRouche

LaRouche
Made by Patrick Rasenberg
Activisten voor politicus LaRouche. Dat is een zeer controversiele man die elke 4 jaar probeert president te worden. Ik was zijn aanhangers in DC ook al eens tegengekomen.

Side conversations

Side conversations
Made by eprescott
BVA Veeg-in 2008 @ Downtown Crossing: This guy was checking out the flyer. AyanOnay (far left) was probably looking to get to know people in the vegan community as well.

Steam Grates

Steam Grates
Made by Lindsey.DeJong
There is something about the smell of the hot air rising from below the city that I love (even though I probably shouldn't?) I think each city has its own aroma. Nice.

This and That

This and That
Made by Seth's walk about
A street entertainer holding a large sign that reads This and That on opposite sides. Making statements like Look at This and Did your mother warn you about That



Nearest places of interest:

Jewelers Exchange Building
45 Province
Old South Meeting House
7-11 Conveinence Store
  Boston Irish Famine Memorial
Old Corner Bookstore
Omni Parker House Hotel
King's Chapel Burying Ground

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