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.
Every Saturday morning, our green thumb volunteers gather to tend the Katharine Hepburn Garden. Not all possess a knowledge of plants, but all love the garden and the serenity it brings. Allan at age 90, works circles around us picking up fallen limbs and trash while serving as handyman and engineer. Millie sweeps the stepping stones and polishes the Katharine Hepburn plaques until they gleam. Kim adores plants, but she’s equally adept at drawing a sign to welcome vistiors to the “best kept secret garden.” Bob, an architect, executes a diagram for the new stone work and dives in to plant caladiums. Shivani stays busy sweeping, deadheading and transplanting. Betty drops by and spray-paints a few fence poles. Dannielle, who meditates in the garden, is so happy to have the discovered the group, she’s willing to give anything a try: “Just tell me what to do.” If you would like to join the garden volunteers, just show up before noon on any Saturday. Gardening is healthy and the Katharine Hepburn garden is a really cool place.
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
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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.
Sheep’s milk cheese from Hunterdon County, NJ
Orchard fruit and cider from Dutchess County, NY
Vegetables from Orange County, NY. One of Greenmarket`s founding farmers in 1976
Vegetables from Burlington County, NJ