Piano in Dag Plaza “Sing for Hope”

Starting June 6, Play Piano in Dag Plaza. Spread the gift of music! 

A hand-painted piano installed by the nonprofit organization “Sing for Hope” offers an open invitation to anyone who wishes to play during its 3-week stay.  Each year,  50 Sing-for-Hope Pianos are hand painted by volunteer artists and donated to schools and community centers after their debut in NYC public spaces.

“The pianos serve as a symbol and celebration of art for all,” says project coordinator Chris Sweatt. “Last year, the pianos had a one-hundred percent survival rating due to our protective tarps and piano-buddy system.”

Anyone can step up and tickle the keys, children included. The program also provides featured artists to be announced.

The piano in Hammarskjold Plaza will be located in the “lounge area” between Dag’s Patio Cafe and the cobblestone entrance to the Katharine Hepburn Garden. This more protected placement enhances cafe ambience and invites visitors to explore the newly planted garden. If you would like to schedule a Noon or Happy Hour performance, contact FDHP and we will post on chalkboard. Let’s have some fun!

Credit: “With Liberty and Jazz for All” painted by Jennifer Kakaletris Boyar

BE A “PIANO BUDDY” 

We need volunteer  “Piano Buddies” to cover the piano with a tarp when rain is forecast. Please call 826-8980 and leave your contact information

UPDATE Garden Party on Sunday, May 14

Due to heavy rain forecast for Saturday, the event will take place on Sunday. Tents will cover sound equipment and cake–but bring your umbrella in case of a light spring shower. Pretend we’re in England where ceremonies in the rain are  common. Free hugs for Mom on Mothers Day!

See the thousands of new plants in Katharine Hepburn Garden. The newly laid path will keep your shoes dry and out of the mud. Springtime showers bring lovely flowers!

FABULOUS Garden Party, Sat. May 13

It’s been 20 years since the first Katharine Hepburn Garden Party, and this one is VERY SPECIAL. Come see thousands of new plants in the garden, the result of a major rejuvenation project by FDHP. As you stroll the newly-laid path, enjoy quotes  by the famous actress who helped preserve the trees and charming character of  Turtle Bay. We continue to partner with the Turtle Bay Association on this popular annual event that kicks off spring with live music and free cake. This year, cabaret and Broadway singer Hannah Harding entertains with favorites from the Great American Songbook. Come meet your neighbors and get to know this legendary park and neighborhood.

Saturday, May 13, 1pm to 3 pm. Rain-date May 14, same time. The Katharine Hepburn Garden is located in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza,  East 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan. 

Sculptures: “Beyond the Edge”

hammond-sculpture-enhancedHamptons-based artist Phyllis Hammond has created five new sculptures for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, entitled Tempo, Alien, Flying, Gateway, and Sign of Freedom. Exhibited together under the title Beyond the Edge, the steel and aluminum sculptures feature narrow stem-like bases topped by whimsical, kinetic elements that rotate in the wind. Hammond uses an improvisational method to create her colorful, large-scale sculptures. The metal cutouts are based on playful, looping doodles on paper that she scans and modifies using a computer program. Once the drawings have been refined digitally, the designs are cut from sheets of metal using a water jet machine. After the metal shapes are hammered, bent and welded into curved shapes, they are powder-coated with brightly colored paint.

Annual Members Meeting, Friday, 11/18 at 6 PM, Vanderbilt Y

Members vote for officers and directors of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. A financial review is presented, followed by committee reports. Light refreshments served. Find out what goes on behind the scenes and how you can participate as a volunteer; join a committee. Help make our neighborhood’s central greenspace even better!

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6 PM

WHERE: Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 East 47th Street, Ground Floor

 

CHANGE NOTICE: Oktoberfest, now on SUNDAY, Oct. 23, 1-4 PM, Family Fun

Hundreds of pumpkins to decorate, fun bouncy castle, face-painiting, balloon critters and more. Take family photos among the hay bales and mums on the Plaza. Enjoy brew, bratwurst and wieners for sale at Dag’s Patio cafe with live oompah music in the “beer garden”. Due to rain forecast, the event date was moved to rain-date and will now take place on Sunday, same time.

Saint Teresa Graces Peace Park

saint-teresaPeople are flocking to visit the statue of Saint  Teresa on view in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza as the UN General Assembly convenes its 71st Session on Sept. 13. The statue was first unveiled  in Battery Park where crowds turned out on Sept. 4  to celebrate the canonization by Pope Francis of the world-famous “Mother Teresa of Calcutta” with a simulcast of the canonization mass. The statue was blessed by Bishop Gerald Waslh, vicar general of the Archdiocese of New York.

At the UN, an exhibition culminating in a  conference on Sept. 9 celebrated her works.

Saint Teresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, is probably the most famous Albanian in the world, and the occasion brought out  New York’s  Albanian community in full force. Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, a Bronx Democrat of Albanian descent, organized the Battery Park event.  Dancing-with-the-Stars hoofer Tony Dovolani (“born and raised in Pristina”) emceed portions of the program, which included Albanian dancing and singing. “Life can only be measured by how much love you share,” Dovolani said.

Born Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje (then part of  Kosovo, Vilayet), she founded  the Missionaries of Charity, which required adherents to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of poor.” Her life was devoted to helping suffering, impoverished people around the globe.

Born: August 26, 1910, Kosovo Vilayet

Died: September 5, 1997, Kolkata, India

Monday, Aug. 15, Outdoor Movie Classic “State of the Union” & Pre-film Lounge Party

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state-of-the-union-movie-poster-1948-7:30 PM: FREE MOVIE: Bring photo ID to receive audio headset. First come, first served, 400 seats.

6:00 to 7:15 PM: CAFE LOUNGE PARTY  Members of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and/or Turtle Bay Association gather behind the park café for free music, munchies and lemonade. Enjoy a stroll through the Katharine Hepburn Garden. Cash bar at Dag’s Café with Happy Hour prices.

If you don’t receive a postcard invitation by mail, you can renew your dues or join via this website. Click on JOIN OR DONATE.

Directed by the legendary Frank Capra, State of the Union has it all: love, lust and politics. Spencer Tracy plays a business tycoon tapped by powerful party bosses to serve as their presidential candidate. He’s  torn between his convictions,  political agendas and two women.  Katharine Hepburn plays the wife who won’t give up on principles and a shaky marriage. Angela Lansbury adds style and spice as the powerful newspaper publisher and “other woman.”

An event presented by Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation and Dag’s Cafe with generous funding support from the Ford Foundation and Turtle Bay Association.  

DISCOVER THE KATHARINE HEPBURN GARDEN:  WATCH VIDEO

 

Katharine Hepburn Garden Party, May 12th

“The calla lillies are in bloom again,” says Katharine Hepburn in Stage Door. You can watch the scene on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNtz0r5pmXo.

Better yet, join us  on Saturday, May 14  at 1 PM to celebrate  Kate’s birthday (May 12). Live music, coffee and cake with a  tour of the Katharine Hepburn Garden. Co-presented with our friends at the Turtle Bay Association.

Hepburn divulges her thoughts on whether there’s an afterlife …  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCVKfmVvSlghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuIrTS1FI9E

TOUR THE KATHARINE HEPBURN GARDEN, BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuIrTS1FI9E