Ugh–More Scaffolding

Building repairs for 333 East 46th Street condo have required scaffolding on park property in accordance with DOB codes.  A plywood fence has been erected in Katharine Hepburn Garden and across the Plaza’s center performance circle, spanning a distance of approximately 180 linier feet and boxing off the woodland garden.  We are very concerned about damages to plant materials and are monitoring the situtation. Work should be completed sometime in February but is dependent upon weather conditions.

Stand Under One Sky, Sept. 24, 6 PM–Win Tickets for Global Citizen Concert with Beyonce

light the wayA large crowd is expected to  gather in Hammarskjold Plaza on September 24th in a show of support for the UN Millennium Goals to address poverty, inequality and climate change, in anticipation of world leaders at the United Nations adoption of  the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development., comprised of  17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals.

In Hammarskjold Plaza, images of global events in other major cities will  be displayed on video screens, and a stage show will present dynamic young campaigners, celeb guests​, and pop-up choirs​.

An interactive light installation will spark light sources across the park, powered by people’s action! These lights will build throughout the event to reflect the voices and actions of people on that day, leading up to the finale moment when a beam up into the sky shines a physical light on the UN.

You can win a pair of tickets for Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival featuring Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam and Coldplay. Simply tweet a photo on Thursday at the Under One Sky event with the hashtags ‪#‎LightTheWay‬ & ‪#‎GlobalCitizenLTW‬. If your tweet is favorited by @GlblCtzn, you win a pair of tickets! 150 tickets will be available. Share with your friends and turn your support of The Global Goals into a memorable musical celebration!

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Astronaut Ron Garan to Introduce Film Screening of Planetary, Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 pm


Have we forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected?

PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY.

The film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions to present a stunning visual portrait of our Earth, taking us on a journey across continents: from the African savannah to the Himalayas, and from the heart of Tokyo to the view of our fragile planet from orbit. Featuring interviews from renowned experts including astronauts, environmentalists, anthropologists, and authors, PLANETARY reveals how our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.

Directed by Guy Reid, Cinematographer Christoph Ferstad


Produced by World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and the Streaming Museum

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Spot the Art, Meet the Artist, Sat. Sept. 12, 5 pm-7pm

basket artJust in time for the 70th meeting of the UN General Assembly, an installation by New York artist Emet Sosna  distinguishes one of our lamp-post baskets.

Sosna’s site-specific lamp-post piece uses brilliant primary, secondary and tertiary colors to  metaphorically explore problem solving and resolution as a collective humanity. The installation will be on display for three months.

MEET THE ARTIST:  Saturday, September 12th,  5 pm – 7pm at Dag’s Cafe Lounge

Live at Dag’s Café – Latin Music – Thursday August 20th 6-830PM


Enjoy a sultry evening at Dag’s Cafe with STEVE POUCHIE & HIS LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE. With a style comparable to Cal Tjader and Tito Puente on vibes, Steve has developed a unique Latin sound that is exhilarating to listen and dance to. His new CD, “North by Northeast” (January 2015) with up-tempo danceable Latin Jazz arrangements and compositions  is already receiving critical acclaim as new benchmark for Vibes players both in Jazz and Latin Jazz genres.
Organized by Juan Esteban and brought to you by Friends of DHP and Hospitality Holdings, the evening is sure to stir the mambo kings among us. With the scaffolding  gone, the cafe lounge area is now backed by a lovely green hedge that separates the park from newly built luxury condo, 50 UN Plaza.


Dag’s Cafe will continue to feature live music on Wednesday’s during Happy Hour and early evening

National Night Out Against Crime August 4 2015 5-9PM

National Night Out is an annual summer event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watches in which precincts organize anti-crime rallies with the participation of local business and civic organizations, including the Big Apple’s  NYPD and our own neighborhood crime stoppers, the  17th Precinct Community Council.  Various Police Department units present displays, and other City, State and Federal agencies also take part.

There’s always free food, entertainment and top brass. Meet your neighbors and local officials. Fun for the family.


Fabulous Flower Beds

The flower beds between the fountains have been completely replanted with an eye-catching display of  shrubs and perennials. Friends of DHP contracted the New York Horticultural Society to design and install the plantings. Fencing now protects the garden border.  The project was made possible by support from the Greenacre Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Zeckendorf Development.

Shrubs:  Hydrangea (pink and blue flowers), Itea (white flowers), and Hypericum (yellow flowers). Perennials: Hostas (white and blue flowers) and Astilbe (white, pink, magenta, and red flowers)long border visions.


Hello Kitty Time Capsule

Hello Kitty,  Sabastian Masuda.

Hello Kitty, Sabastian Masuda.

Japanese artist Sebastian Masuda brings his multi-city Time After Time Capsule  in the form of a nine-foot-tall giant sculpture of Kitty to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, April 29 through September 13. “Do not underestimate the power of kawaii!” said Japan Society director and curator Miwako Tezuka in a statement. The museum helped bring the artist’s project to New York, where it coincides with the Japan Society’s second rotation of its exhibition “Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection,” featuring 130 woodblock prints, paintings, and artworks spanning the 18th to 20th centuries.

In case you didn’t know, Kawaii is  cuteness in the context of Japanese culture. Sabastian Masuda’s work fueled the  obsession with “cute” or “adorable”  that has become a prominent aspect of pop culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms.that is distinctively Japanese, yet contains familiar American elements.

The Time Capsule project kicked off in Miami at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach, and will move to Amsterdam after its NYC run. At each location, programming will be held for children and families. Part of the fun is getting to combine their personal objects with pieces from the artists 6%DOKIDOKI line, and add them to the time capsule. Sculptures from each city will reunite in 2020 in Tokyo for the city’s summer Olympics.


Earth Day, Wed. April 22,1-3pm, Marimba Meets Sculpture

2015 Earth Day Flyer AIn celebration of the distinguished exhibit of Juan Soriano sculptures in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, the Consulado General De Mexico in Nueva York and the Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza invite you to join us on Earth Day for live traditional Marimba music played by Mariana Ramirez and Clara Warnaar. The greenmarket will be in full swing till 4 pm.

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March for Women’s Rights, Sunday 3/8

Celebrities, world leaders and high officials will lead Sunday’s march for  Women’s Gender Equality and Equal  Rights, which kicks off in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 2:15 PM  and ends at 5 PM in Times Square Slated to offer  short remarks from a stage in Dag park are Nobel laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, actor Paul Bettany, actresses Anna Lynne McCord and Kelly Rutherford, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and First Lady of the City of New York Chirlane McCray, and other activists for women’s rights.

The march takes place on International Women’s Day (March 8) and commemorates the 20 year anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This event  celebrates the achievements women and girls have made around the world since 1995. It is  also an opportunity to underscore the need for political commitment to accelerate action to achieve gender equality by 2030.

An evocative closing at Times Square between 4.30 PM– 5.00 PM will consist of raising a collective torch to showcase intergenerational partnership. The program will bring together Ambassador Gertrude Mongella, the UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Manu Sareen, Danish Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs, Soon-Young Yoon, President NGOs CSW and others. The program will conclude with a song and a call to achieve gender equality by 2030.