Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza--Katharine Hepburn Garden

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Board Development
  • Community
  • Environment
  • Sports & Recreation


East 47th Street, betw 1st & 2nd Aves, ManhattanNew York, NY 10017 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We are a nonprofit community organization dedicated to keeping Hammarskjold Plaza Park and its Katharine Hepburn Garden clean, green and vibrantly alive. We also organize events that foster community and park appreciation.


Our organization works in partnership with NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation to preserve and beautify Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. The park was completely redesigned in the late 1990s and its new garden was dedicated to the legendary actress Katharine Hepburn as a tribute to her efforts to preserve the trees and charming character of the Turtle Bay neighborhood where she resided for many years. The garden is tended entirely by volunteers. Corporate and nonprofit groups help us install major plantings in May, June, September and October. Our office is located within the Vanderbilt Y building at 224 East 47th Street, Room 339, one block from the park. We also utilize volunteers in our office and to organize events.


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