Photo © 2012 Josef Pinlac
A friend who worked nearby introduced me to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in the early 1980’s. Since then, in 1997 to be precise, this plaza located at East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues has undergone a $2.3 million reconstruction creating a symmetrical layout complete with park benches, better lighting and a steel lattice dome not to mention the Katharine Hepburn Garden mentioned in an earlier post.
Dag Hammarskjold was a scholar from Sweden who held a number of governmental positions. In 1953, he was elected the United Nations asked him to become the Secretary-General and then was unanimously reelected for a second term in 1957. Some of his accomplishments included support of Israel and Arab Armistice Agreements, organizing the UN Emergency Force, and assisting in gaining the release of fifteen Americans from detention in China in 1954. He was awarded with the Nobel Peace Price posthumously for his service to the United Nations and his efforts on behalf of world peace. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza was dedicated in 1961 after his death in a plane crash en route to a diplomatic mission in the Congo.
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