How To Spot Ireland From Your Window At Conrad New York
Though Conrad New York is still about a month away from opening, we decided to swing by and see what the place was looking like. And from what we can tell, there's still quite a bit of work to be done—all the windows are covered, and machinery surrounds the entrance.
But we did happen to notice a striking piece of public art right across the street. Situated between the hotel and the Hudson River is a craggy, hilly, and entirely un-Manhattan public park known as the Irish Hunger Memorial. Dedicated in 2002 to raise awareness of the famine that swept Ireland in the mid-1800s, the memorial consists of actual stones, soil and vegetation that was shipped over from Ireland.
Walking through its tunnels and over its grassy mounds is an entirely bizarre experience, but we love the fact that it sits practically in the hotel's front yard, making Conrad New York ideal for art snobs, nature lovers...and homesick Irish people.
Last we heard, art snobs will also have plenty to gape at once they're inside the hotel as well. Though no part of Conrad New York's 77-ton aluminum-and-cable sculpture—or its two giant artworks—exist outside the building, some of those Vectran cables are indeed visible from the street. Another part we can't wait to see once the hotel opens: the 1,300 square foot roof lounge!