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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Due to possible pop-up shower this Thursday afternoon, and 11 musicians traveling from all points, we cannot risk equipment and safety, so concert date is now Friday 8/20 at 6 PM.
Enjoy sensual rhythms of the New Trends Orchestra led by Corina Bartra, widely known in jazz circles as an acclaimed pioneer of Afro-Peruvian jazz with infusions of Latin trends. She has toured in Europe and USA, including appearances at the UN, Kennedy Center, and major jazz festivals.
Corina Bartra is back with the New Trends Orchestra after drawing a big crowd with the Peruvian Jazz Sextet. A singer, composer, orchestra leader and recording artist, she is widely known in jazz circles as an acclaimed pioneer of Afro-Peruvian jazz with infusions of Latin trends. Rain date: Aug. 20th.
Tonight National Night Out Against Crime takes place in 70 NYC locations, including Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The 17th Precinct hosts the event from 5 PM to 8 PM, offering crime-prevention tips (watch out for those phone scams), kids activities, live entertainment and free food, courtesy of Ali Baba Restaurant. With all the hoopla, don’t get distracted from the subject at hand: how can we work together for the safety of our streets and parks?
Last week, the park lamps failed to light up after dark. As of last night, the plaza was still in blackout mode. Not safe. Ironically, the focus of tonight’s event is crime prevention. At what point does a 311 complaint escalate to an emergency? Are 311 and 911 our only option?
BLACKOUT: WHO’S IN CHARGE?
FDHP President Sherrill Kazan made phone calls. When she met Manhattan Parks Manager Wesley Hamilton at the Plaza to discuss the location of a sculpture exhibit, she asked, “who is responsible for repairing the electrical outage?” Hamilton said he would alert DOT (Dept. of Transportation). That was more than a week ago; the Plaza was still dark last night.
Linfei Yang, who frequents the park, stated, “It was pitch black, you couldn’t see what anyone on the benches was doing. I definitely wouldn’t feel safe walking the Plaza, and it’s been that way for at least a week.” An FDHP director who walks her dog on the Plaza at all hours sent SOS emails to CB6 and city officials, citing the large turn-out for tonight’s event. We reached out to CB6, Councilman Keith Powers office, and the 17th Precinct, alerting then to the electrical outage. Word finally trickled through and the lamps are back on. Yet we still don’t have a direct line to DOT to request service when this type of electrical failure occurs. In the past, we were told that the Department of Parks (DPR) is responsible for the lamps located on the Plaza while street lamps fall under the jurisdiction of DOT.
THE SAFETY OF PUBLIC SPACE
We encourage you to attend the 17th Precinct Community Council and Build the Block meetings. Get to know our 17th Precinct officers. NYPD has a big job on their hands and we need them to do their job. Our block officers Christopher Carlucci and John Lamneck do patrol the park but there’s no set schedule. We want patrolmen to get out of their cars and walk the beat. We understand that police authority is limited by civil liberties, but their presence helps curb illegal activity.
You also have a role to play. It’s time to speak up about the safety of the general public in our parks and streets. Public space is for everyone.
SHARE THE LOAD
We serve as community “watch dog” for Midtown East’s largest park and garden. FDHP custodian Raymond recently reported that 11 flood lamps on the retaining wall of the garden were out. He happened to notice when he left his cell phone in the park shed and returned at night to retrieve it. The city provides the power, but we purchase the light bulbs, expensive LED floods with a long-life. Just one of the many ways we keep our park clean, green and safe.
Join Friends to support the beautification and safety of our park by clicking on the green button below. Ask your neighbors to join too. Healthy parks make healthy neighborhoods.
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FRIENDS OF DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA
a community-based, tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization.
With a Thursday forecast of stormy weather and sunny skies expected Friday, the date of the final Salon Talk at the cafe in Dag Plaza has been changed to Friday, July 30 at 6 PM.
Getting to Know You, Turtle Bay
PAMELA HANLON, author of Manhattan’s Turtle Bay and A Worldly Affair: New York, the UN and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond; highlights neighborhood landmarks and history with behind-the-scene stories, including her interviews with celebrities like Broadway musical composer Stephen Sondheim. Pamela has given numerous talks and tours of the area and regards Dag Plaza as a neighborhood treasure.
Meet your neighbors and community organizations.
WHERE: Pink Moose Cafe in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th St. betw. 1st and 2nd Aves.
Join us at Dag Plaza’s Pink Moose Cafe…NYC park architect GEORGE VELLONAKIS recounts his lunch with Katharine Hepburn at her family’s Saybrook, CT estate, and how he and Hepburn fan Millie Margiotta saved Kate’s bench from the auction block for the garden that bears her name. Vellonakis reflects on his design inspiration for the fountains, latticed pergolas, entrance dome and the park’s naturalized garden.
CHARLES HARRIS, architect from the prestigious firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, recounts the collaborative process, aesthetics, and “green design” of the United Arab Emirates building, which now overlooks the retaining wall of the Katharine Hepburn Garden, enhancing the Plaza landscape. The building meshes traditional New York City architecture with Middle Eastern aesthetics.
NEXT WEEK; July 29, author PAMELA HANLON talksabout historic Turtle Bay. Join Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and the Turtle Bay Association for a grand finale celebration of our community. More about Pam’s historical talk next week!
Enjoy the Garden’s Reopening: Now that the UAE construction fence has been removed, you can walk the entire garden path and enjoy Kate’s bench and the engraved stepping stones bearing quotes by Katharine Hepburn. Volunteers have been pruning and weeding under the guidance of Parks Gardener Maria Mendez and plantsman Robert Soret.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to a great summer in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. We welcome your feedback: email email@example.com