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


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.  



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

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 …



150 World Leaders, Earth Day & Tulips

On Earth Day, April 22, 150 world leaders converge on UN headquarters to  sign the historic Paris climate agreement, making it the largest single signing of an international agreement in world history (another Earth Day first). On every front, extreme weather is causing cataclysmic disruption and damage while  scientific consensus and data on the health effects of climate change continue to mount.

Dag Hammarskjod Plaza will be on high security on April 21 and April 22, but back to normal on Saturday when police  barricades are removed. Enjoy the tulips in the Katharine Hepburn Garden and check out “What’s In Bloom” on Homepage of this website.


Sculpture: Dialogue for Peace by Mazeredo

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Dove Sculpture

Mazeredo is a Brazilian artist from Rio de Janeiro whose works have been displayed in Brazil, Europe and major US cities. Recently, she was honoured in Paris, where her Dialogue exhibit was on display at the festival Le Lavage Du Madeleine. When Pope Francis visited Rio in 2013, he personally blessed her St. Francis and White Dove sculpture, which then went on public display at Lido Square in Copacabana. She started her Dialogue for Peace sculpture series in 2013 to generate awareness that dialogue between cultures through art plays a crucial role in fostering peace and understanding. The white sculpture represents the dove of peace. The two red and green sculptures  symbolize a butterfly (freedom) and two lips (dialogue). Notice how the pieces of white sculpture interlock and connect.

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