Pocket Parks of NYC
James P. Grant Plaza, located on 44th Street between First and Second Avenues, adjoins UNICEF House and honors this former Executive Director of UNICEF. A typical pocket park located between two buildings, Grant Plaza, as it is more commonly know, was dedicated in June of 1996 as part of UNICEF’s 50th anniversary celebration. James P. Grant worked tirelessly to combat easily preventable childhood illness and launched a ‘child survival and development revolution’ in 1983. His efforts created a ripple effect, mobilizing initiatives around the world that ultimately saved the lives of an estimated 12 million children.
The park contains a number of benches surround trees and plantings as well as the ‘Spirit of Audrey’ sculpture which was unveiled on May 7, 2002, to honor Audrey Hepburn’s work also on behalf of the world’s children. When a USPS commemorative stamp was unveiled in 2003, the park was turned into a temporary post office complete with a special envelope to commemorate the event.