Things to do on St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish Arts Center will hold a free event all day offering classes in Irish language, theater, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. (Photo courtesy of the Irish Arts Center)

By Sabina Mollot

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday, March 17. For those looking for a way to celebrate beyond the parade and local pub crawls, a number of businesses and organizations are offering concerts, plays and historic walks as well as Irish culture classes and family activities throughout the week. Read on for more information on events leading up to St. Patrick’s Day as well as the day of. 

IRISH HISTORY TOURS–Merchant’s House, 29 East 4th Street, is a museum with a mission of educating the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835-1865.

The house is offering several “ghost” tours, this month, including on St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets can be purchased online at

On Sunday, March 11 at 12:30 p.m., there will be a walking tour, not in the museum, but the Noho area. In this “In the Footsteps of Bridget Murphy” tour, participants will learn about the world of Irish immigrants, who flooded into New York City in the 19th century to escape famine and hardship in Ireland. In 1855, approximately 24,000 Irish immigrants worked as servants for wealthy families like the Merchant’s House’s Tredwells. Tour is one hour and $15.

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Syrian artist will combine plants with sculpture at park installation

A rendering depicts one of the sculptural works by Diana Al-Hadid that will appear at Madison Square Park in May. (Rendering courtesy of Justin Gallagher)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

This spring, visitors to Madison Square Park can expect to find a series of six new sculptures from Syrian-born American artist Diana Al-Hadid, which will be the first installation at the park that combines sculpture with plant materials.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy announced that the outdoor exhibition, “Delirious Matter,” will appear on the park’s Oval Lawn in May. This is the first major public art project for the artist, whose works of female figures will appear to melt into their surroundings.

“I am thrilled to have my first large-scale public project on the lawns and in the reflecting pool of Madison Square Park,” Al-Hadid said. “This is the first time my work will be made and seen at this scale. It’s my largest project by far and my largest audience.”

Two walls on the Oval Lawn will be combined with rows of hedges to form a room and three reclining female figures will sit on heavy bases displayed on the surrounding lawns, separately titled within the installation as “Synonym.” There will also be a site-specific sculptural bust of a female figure on top a fragmented mountain in the park’s reflecting pool and is titled “Gradiva.”

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