Rain is forecast to start at 1 PM, continuing through Friday. The show will go on, mostly indoors, for the Hammarskjold Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony, Thursday, December 15, featuring the Manhattan Holiday Carolers.
SANTA LEADS THE WAY!
We’re setting up a tent for Santa, who will conduct the official countdown to Tree Lighting between 5:45 and 6 PM, near the big tree at 2nd Ave/47th St entrance dome, then lead the procession to the Vanderbilt Y gym for festivities.
The carolers, clad in Victorian costumes, await you indoors to kindle our hearts with holiday favorites while children visit with Santa. Enjoy cookies, cocoa and fellowship. Regardless of weather, our light will shine with LED candles, lifted in the spirit of peace, brother-sisterhood and good cheer.
Join the party atthe Vanderbilt YMCA, 224 East 47th Street, 2nd floor gymnasium. Enter through doors to Membership.
SANTA SAYS, MASK UP! Ward off the COVID grinch and stay healthy during flu season.
For preview of the Manhattan Holiday Carolers, click here
Join your neighbors on Thursday, Dec. 15 (rain date 12/16), at 5:45 at the entrance dome (47th St and 2nd Ave) to officially light the Holiday Tree and Menorah when Santa leads the children in a count-down. Festivities continue till 7PM.
Clad in Victorian costumes, the Manhattan Holiday Carolers perform a capella harmonies, spreading the joy with traditional favorites plus a sing-along. A dad from The Family School joins the celebration, playing the oud and singing a Hannukah-inspired songin Turkish.
Let your light shine with a FREE LED safe-flame candle. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at our hospitality tent.
IN CASE OF RAIN: Think English Christmas with umbrellas. The weather forecast for Thursday 12/15 and Friday 12/16 (rain date) predict off-on showers. Check FDHP and TBA websites for updates.
Join volunteers in this citywide campaign to beautify and clean our parks. In Dag Plaza’s Katharine Hepburn Garden, we will plant spring-flowering bulbs, clean, rake leaves, mulch and enjoy the spell of autumn. All tools and supplies provided.
Walk-ins allowed but it helps to reserve so we can plan the work.. Email your contact info and estimated arrival time to (click on link) firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Look for gate and garden shed behind fountain near park cafe. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is located on E. 47th St. between 1st and 2nd Aves. Manhattan. Zip 10017
On Friday, Oct. 21, corporate volunteers from Pepsico and Google lend a hand.
Enjoy uplifting a cappella choral selections exploring themes of nature with choral music from the 14th to 21st century.
On the heels of their outdoor performance in Yonker’s exquisitely restored Untermeyer Gardens, the Voices of Ascension Singers will present a one-hour program in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza,Wednesday, August 24, 6 PM to 7 PM (rain date 8/25).Enjoy uplifting a cappella choral selections exploring themes of nature with choral music from the 14th to 21st century.
The chamber ensemble is drawn from the critically acclaimed Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, founded and directed by conductor Dennis Keene and based at the Church of the Ascension, the oldest church on 5th Avenue, located in the heart of Greenwich Village. This program draws on universal themes. Its setting in the Center Performance Circle of Dag Plaza, surrounded by trees and flowers, is sure to be uplifting.
This free performance kicks off Hammarskjold Plaza’s participation in the Nature Heals campaign of Parks and Open Space Partners. New York City may have the densest population of any US city, but did you know that we’re also one of the greenest cities, filled with parks and gardens to renew our spirit and help keep us physically fit.
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and its Katharine Hepburn Garden is the largest public park in midtown east Manhattan.
PRESENTED BY FRIENDS OF DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA, A NONPROFIT 501C3 ORGANIZATION SERVING IN COOPERATION WITH NYC PARKS & RECREATION.
The hydrangeas are blooming, bees are buzzing. Join us!
5:30 PM Meet artist Cecile Chong on the Sculpture Platform for an up-close intro to “El Dorado, the New Forty Niners”. 5:45 PM Tour the flower border with garden guide. Learn about pollinators, fragrance and what’s in bloom. 6:00 PM Convene at park cafe for artist’s inside story that spans continents, languages and geography. Kid’s art project too.
Coffee beverages and ice cream available for purchase at the Pink Moose Cafe.
Presented by Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in cooperation with NYC Parks & Recreation.
Tulips are the joy of spring gardens, emerging in April and May from bulbs planted in autumn . We have learned to choose varieties with strong stems that can stand up to the wind in Hammarskjold Plaza. Tulips are classified as early, middle and late, and the trick is to select a varieties for each bloom period to achieve a longer floral display. Hopefully, the late-season tulips will be in their glory when we celebrate the Katharine Hepburn Garden Party around May 12, her birthday,
Red was Hepburn’s favorite color and we make sure to include a vivid red in our selection.
Also blooming in May is the fragrant cherry laurel shrub. Your nose will let you know when the lacy flowers emerge.
Join us on May 14, 1 PM to 3 PM to celebrate Katharine Hepburn’s birthday (May 12) with a garden party in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th Street, Manhattan, featuring FREE live music, refreshments and garden tours. Meet your neighbors, greet city officials and enjoy the unfolding flower palette of spring. (Rain date May 15, same time).
The long-standing tradition dates back to 1997 and the park’s reconstruction when the community dedicated the new garden to the celebrated actress and good neighbor who fought to save the trees, sunlight and the charming character of Turtle Bay. Since then, Friends of DHP has organized the event, co-hosted with the Turtle Bay Association.
Award-winning vocalist Kimberly Hawkey and her band will perform tunes from the Great American Songbook and the Golden Age of Hollywood. Twice-winner of the NYC Cabaret Showdown and a recipient of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, her performance style and musical virtuosity continue to wow fans and earn plaudits. BroadwayWorld.com calls her “a delightfully fresh-voiced treat,” while Cabaret Scenes notes Kimberly’s “exceptional musicality”; New York Music Daily praises “an irrepressibly cheery update on 30s and 40s sounds.” She has performed at Birdland Jazz Club, the Iridium, Symphony Space, and the acclaimed Caramoor Center (Katonah, NY). Her international booking circuit includes the Northeast corridor with frequent appearances in the Hudson River Valley and Catskills.
Kimberly has produced three genre-spanning CDs, showcasing both her intimate chanteuse/piano offerings, and her versatility as a bandleader. Her brand, Elvanelle Music, conveys story through song with concerts, education programs, and music for special events that bring communities together and transcend time.
This year, the Bryn Mawr Club, NYC, will be joining the festivities. Hepburn began acting at Bryn Mawr College and graduated in 1928 with a degree in history and philosophy. The actress remained loyal to her alma mater, speaking at graduation ceremonies and other events. In 2006, Bryn Mawr established the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center and Medal, honoring both the actress and her mother, an 1889 alum, suffragist, and reproductive rights activist. The Hepburn Medal recognizes women whose work embodies the intelligence and independence of the 4-time Oscar winner known for her speaking her mind and breaking the Hollywood mold.
LOCATION: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is located on the south side of East 47th Street between 1st Ave (UN Plaza) and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The performance will be in the center of park known as the “colonnade performance circle.”
The Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza is a tax exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community organization serving in cooperation with NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation.
This year’s Annual Meeting will be VIRTUAL. Members/Donors of Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza will receive an email invitation to attend via ZOOM 24 hours in advance of the meeting set for Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6:00 PM. At this meeting, members vote for the proposed slate of officers and directors. An annual review is presented, including financial statements and committee reports.
Even with cuts to city services, the garden flourished and Dag Hammarskjold Plaza provided a welcoming public space. Summer concerts and Cafe Salon Talks brought us together, and the Annual Tree and Menorah Lighting closes out the year with Santa and holiday carolers. Our cleanliness program includes the services of a part-time custodian and the Doe Fund. We meet with city officials and agencies about public health and safety, and keep you informed through timely e-blasts.
None of this would happen without the dedicated volunteers who serve as FDHP Officers and Directors.
In autumn, thousands of volunteers across New York City join together to spruce up our public parks. In the Plaza’s Katharine Hepburn Garden, we plant flower bulbs for spring bloom, clean, paint, rake leaves and enjoy the beauty of autumn. No experience necessary, tools and supplies provided. Children age 9 and up are welcome under the supervision of an adult Public health guidelines remain in effect. Volunteers receive a souvenir floral postcard.
Arrive any time between 9:30 am and 12 Noon, and work for at least one hour. Please us know if you would like to participate so we can plan ahead!
HOW TO REGISTER: Email email@example.com and provide your contact info: name, phone and approximate time of arrival and departure. On event day, report to welcome table at garden gate behind Pink Moose cafe. Early birds, OK to show up at 9 AM. If weather is “iffy” check our website for updates.
Note: Fridays between 10 and Noon remain regular garden volunteer sessions.