Free Film at the United Nations


The breathtaking documentary film project, Journey of the Universe, will be shown at the United Nations to celebrate World Environment Day, June 2, 2011. The event is hosted by the United Nations Environment Program and is FREE and open to the public!



 A collaboration between acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher, Brian Thomas Swimme, and religious historian, Mary Evelyn Tucker, this film tackles life’s biggest questions. Combining scientific discoveries with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe, the documentary explores how our world is interconnected and the impact humans have made on it.



Location: North Lawn Building, Conference Room 3. UN Public entrance on 3rd avenue between 45th and 46th streets. Registration is required and can be obtained by emailing your name and affiliation to

Time: 6:30PM on June 2, 2011.



Ninth Avenue International Food Festival!


Come celebrate the 38th Ninth Avenue International Food Festival held on May 14-15, 2011! The fair runs from 10am to 5pm between 42nd & 57th streets (along 9th avenue, of course!).



Local merchants will serve an array of ethnic foods representing the different cultures of our great city. There will also be over 200 vendors selling handmade jewelry and an array of arts and crafts. 



There will also be a children’s pavilion located between 53rd and 54th streets so make sure to bring the whole family! The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is a fun and delicious New York tradition not to be missed.

Waterside’s Resident Folk Artist!


The beautiful pattachitra painting above is a work by Neerja Tata, Waterside resident and member of one of the many UN families residing at the Plaza. Pattachitra, which translates to "cloth art," is thought to be one of the oldest indigenous art forms and draws heavily from Indian epics. Neerja has taken patta a step further by translating the art form to wooden screens, coasters, and more.








Neerja’s work is currently being exhibited at the Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey in the exhibition entitled "India From My Window." The exhibition ends March 27th so don’t miss your chance to see it. You can also see more of your fellow resident’s work on her website  .









Ash Wednesday at United Nations Parish

ash wednesday


Spring is almost here, which means Easter celebrations are around the corner but first, Ash Wednesday! Our many United Nations/Catholic residents may be interested in knowing that next week on Wednesday, March 9th, at The Church of the Holy Family, the United Nations Parish, ashes will be imposed at Masses at 8AM, 12:10PM, and 6PM. At 3PM, there will be a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word with the Imposition of Ashes.


church of the holy family


The Church of the Holy Family draws members from several nations as the parish is attended by many neighboorhood residents as well as those employed by the United Nations and their families. Download the Church of the Holy Family podcast to learn more about them.


church of the holy family interior 


The Church of the Holy Family is located at 315 East 47th Street, between first & second avenues. All are welcome. 

Annual Holiday Party at the United Nations!

"International Holiday Party"


This year, the International Special Events Society (ISES) of NYC and other international groups in New York City are co-hosting an annual holiday party at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room. Hobnob with the international community at one of the fanciest and most diverse party spaces in the city!


"Delegates Dining Hall United Nations" 


ISES will be collecting toys (in their original wrapping) for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free
educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families
living with medical challenges. Baby toys including baby books, mobiles,
new stuffed animals and any appropriate toys would be appreciated. Feel good about helping children and swill champagne with diplomats at the same time!



DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2010 TIME: 6:00 to 9:00 PM LOCATION: The Delegates Dining Area at the United Nations, 42nd Street & 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Don’t miss it!