Join the UN Team at the Dash to the Finish Line race

Cross the NYC Marathon finish line!

NYLESA members are invited to join Team UN at the annual Dash to the Finish Line race, to run from the United Nations Headquarters to the Marathon finish line in Central Park. On November 4th, the day before the 2017 NYC Marathon, UN Staff, family and friends will run TOGETHER to promote respect, safety and dignity for all.

If you are not a runner, don’t worry, walking to the finish line is just as fun! Every registered Team UN participant will receive a special edition running T-shirt with the TOGETHER design.

In 2016 edition over 300 UN staff, interns, ambassadors and delegates participated in the race in support of Sustainable Development Goal #3 which promotes good health and well-being. In 2017 even more participants are expected!

The Dash to the Finish Line race will start at 8.00am in front of UNHQ visitors’ gate. At the start line Mr. Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division, Department of Public Information, will be giving opening remarks.

Support Global Health, have fun, and sign up for the 2017 Dash to the Finish Line race!

Below are details of the event, and the links to register. There is a fee paid directly to the New York Road Runners.

WHEN: Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8:00 am - We will get together at 8:00 am and take group photos. The 2017 USATF 5K Championships featuring Team USA Olympians and national record-holders will start at 8:30 am at the same location, 15 minutes prior to the start of the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K.

WHERE: In front of UNHQ visitors’ gate (46th Street and 1st Avenue)

Step 1: Register directly with the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K 
(  – Choose “unattached” as Team Affiliation)
Step 2: Sign-up with us to receive your Team UN T-shirt
( - NYRR registration confirmation required)
Step 3: Pick up your Team UN T-shirt and get running!

The Organizers encourage you to sign up quickly as it is a very popular race.


BOOOOHHH! Jellybean ghosts and candy witches are on their way to the annual NYLESA Halloween Bake Event. This special promotional sale will be hosted at the UN Secretariat on October 27th from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

All NYLESA members are invited to contribute with scary baked cakes or terrific items to the event, organized in order to informally promote and raise awareness on NYLESA among UN staff.

Then… Bring Out Your Bizarre Brownies and Creepy Cupcakes 

or, if you prefer, take part at the event volunteering at the table!!

If interested, please contact directly Lora, NYLESA Special Event Coordinator, writing how you’d like to participate. Please email at no later than 09:00am October 25th.

All baked goods have to be dropped off at the venue - Secretariat, UN Building – Lobby on 42th Street & 1st Ave. - by 11:00 to 11:30 AM on October 27th. 

Cocktail gathering on October 19th at Bierhaus NYC!

Join NYLESA Spouses and UN Staff at the Cocktail Gathering on October 19th. It is an open event, where you can meet new friends and chatter about how it is living and working in New York City.  It is also an opportunity to know interesting venues offering excellent beers and drinks to share in a warm, comfortable alehouse.

The Bierhaus on 712 3rd avenue will host the event next Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.




Never stop learning new styles in cooking! This Fall NYLESA Connect offers the opportunity to discover some delicious traditional dishes of hot and spicy food in the masterclass 'True Colors of Pakistan' held by Tuba Durrani and Kausar Ovais.

Love in preparing and eating good food: this is important to the guest teachers of this Masterclass! Tuba, double Master in Gender Studies, has always been a passionate cook. She loves trying new recipes and improving ancient ones. Her talent has been truly appreciated by hundreds of guests through the worldwide famous initiative EatWith. Kausar, graduated in Child Development and Nursery School along with Institutional Management, loves cooking for her family and friends. She has a special talent in experimenting new specialties, taking inspiration from different national cuisines.

Not enough! While teaching the art of cooking, Tuba and Kausar will share with the attendees cultural notes about their fascinating country.

The event will end tasting the dishes while taking a glance at some precious, colorful Pakistani dresses and jewellery.

'True Colors of Pakistan' is scheduled for NYLESA members at a private venue on October 19th, from 10am to 1pmIn order to reserve your spot to the October NYLESA Connect event, email to

Coffee Gathering in Long Island City October 11th

The next NYLESA Coffee Gathering is coming up on October 11th! This is a monthly event that welcomes both current members and newcomers who are interested in joining our community. 

The October Coffee gathering will be held at Avalon Riverview Terrace in Long Island City. Meet old friends and newcomers and exchange experiences of living in New York.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Venue: Avalon Riverview Terrace, 2-01 50th Avenue, Apt 3R, Long Island City, NY 111 01
Fee: $10 for coffee and a treat

Group photo from our previous Coffee Gathering at Roni-Sue's Chocolates
Photo Courtesy of Lin-Qi

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