People 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.
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.
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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
“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…
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.
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.
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.
A 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!
A NIGHT OF FILM AND ART IN SUPPORT OF UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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
WATCH TRAILER: https://www.weareplanetary.com
ALSO ON VIEW: INTERNATIONAL ART FROM TOURING EXHIBITION “A VIEW FROM THE CLOUD””
Produced by World Council of Peoples for the United Nations and the Streaming Museum
Just 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
ONE NIGHT ONLY, THURSDAY, AUGUST 20TH, 6PM to 8:30PM
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.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FOR A SIZZLING GOOD TIME!
Dag’s Cafe will continue to feature live music on Wednesday’s during Happy Hour and early evening