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NYC – Dag Hammarskjold and Katherine Hepburn?

What might seem like an unlikely pair these two very diverse people share a common spot on earth.

Dag Hammarskjold Park

I decided to walk down 2nd avenue from 57th to 45th. I couldn’t help but notice this very long park with inviting columns and lightposts. The park is opposite the United Nations and I guess they chose this location to honor Dag Hammarskjold, the second secretary-general of the UN.

Known, officially as Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, it occupies the entire south side of the block between First and Second Avenues on East 47th Street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Turtle Bay.  

The lighting fixtures are based on the historic New York City lamp. Two rows of benches line each side of the block-long promenade. The benches are reproductions of the classic park bench developed for the Worlds Fair.
Toward the center of the plaza, the columns form a crescent, known as the Colonnade. This area is frequently used for performances and community events.
Enjoying the walk through the park, a solid iron fence inside and parallel to the park separated the park from a natural garden trail.

Katherine Hepburn Garden

I found and entered from a gate behind the fountain nearest First Avenue and the park café. A winding path offers a serene walk in the woods amid the skyscrapers of midtown.
I noticed the stepping stones with quotes and images of Oscar-winning films of the late actress Katharine Hepburn. The garden bench was a gift from her estate. I thought, ”
Of course Katharine Hepburn has a garden named after her. ” Ms. Hepburn was an avid gardener. The Four-time Oscar winner, who lived on east 49th Street, in Turtle Bay, NY, for more than six decades, was honored with this tiny garden in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in 1997
unfortunately, it is winter and  it definitely leaves you wanting to go there when the flowers are in full bloom, Some areas of the garden have flowers so it gives you an idea of what it’s like in warmer months.

Ms. Hepburn was an avid gardener. Among the trees and shrubs and flowers you will find many of Hepburn’s quotes on the paving stones throughout this cozy little place.

Among them “If you survive long enough, you’re revered, rather like an old building,” and “Cold sober I find myself absolutely fascinating.”

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