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best ready-made ruin New York 2003 - IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL

Not like the decorative remnants of faux kings' castles they used to build into the overgrowth further up the Hudson, the IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL is a real-life peasant's cottage salvaged to commemorate colonial casualties and shockwaves of immigration. Sunken into a patch of green amid the paved-over landscape, its grass-through-concrete uplift is clear and uncloying. Yet set so near ground zero's gravesite- turned-prime real estate, it also speaks to the wisdom of sometimes leaving bad enough alone.
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