United Nations, New York City

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The Visitors' Entrance is located on First Avenue. 212-963-TOUR (8687)

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    Visit the United Nations

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    You can do a tour of the United Nations which would be interesting I think. For some reason my tour guide didn't seem to have a good impression of UN tours for some reason. I can tell you there is security that you would have to clear.

    I was a little disappointed that the day of my visit there was one sole flag flying and it was the UN flag. My recommendation to the UN would be to fly all the flags every day. It would make for more impressive pictures! :-)

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    United Nations Building

    by martin_nl Written Apr 16, 2007
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    Apparently it is possible to take a tour of the facility but I didn't do this. The buildings exterior isn't all that special. It is basically a big glass structure. What is cool is that it refelcts some of the city and the blue sky on a sunny day. But what is going on inside is very important work as this is the headquarter of the UN.

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    United Nations Visiting Tour

    by rodrigonp Written Apr 5, 2007

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    That's a very interesting tour around the United Nations building where you can find all the meeting rooms and world's famous spaces from many countries participants of the group.

    If you like history and international relations I extremely recommend you to visit this place. Some rooms were gifts from countries (like Denmark and Norway's gifts room) and monuments like the Taihland boat, Brazilian's photos and American's sculture.

    The whole tour takes around 2 hours and it's translated to 6 or 7 languages and the tour time depends on the demand. The ticket is not expensive, something from U$10 to U$20 and it includes the whole trip + guide tour. At the end of the tour there are some souvernirs to be bought (not cheap, but nice).

    When you first get in you must have to leave your bags and belongs in the luggage claim and you get your stuff back at the end of the tour. Everybody needs to be inspected and wait in the line (try to go early to skip this long line).

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    United Nations, 42nd Street

    by SLLiew Written Sep 28, 2006

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    This is an amazing building where leaders of the world congregrate every now and then to make decisions that goes down as world history. I joined a tour which takes you through the important rooms and walked through the hallways where deals of peace are made or last straws for wars. You can imagine that yourself as a language instructor or an important diplomat.

    Also you can send out postcards using United Nations stamps. Send me one if your are doing so :)

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    UN World Headquarters

    by TexasDave Written Aug 1, 2006

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    Tours are offered 7 days a week (so you could do this on a Sunday when some other places of interest might be closed) and admission in 2006 is $12 adult, $7 child. You get to see and learn about the General Assembly and Security Council halls and the general purpose and workings of the UN.

    Additional Tip #1: Across the Street @ 42 St there is a small park with a large stone wall with words engraved from the Bible, book of Isaiah. So far the UN has not lived up to those words, but that's a whole different topic.

    Additional Tip #2: In the basement you will find the UN Gift Shop. Besides UN-themed gifts, there are handicrafts offered from most of the individual member nations. So you could purchase a souvenier from a distant country without going there. Prices aren't exactly cheap but it's a lot cheaper than a plane ticket. And some of the items are very unique.

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    by doug48 Written Jul 16, 2006

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    the united nations building is located at 1st ave and east 46th street . there are tours available of the u.n. complex. the united nations was formed after WWII in order to diplomatically solve conflicts between countries.

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    Visit the U.N. and write a postcard ;-)

    by travellingdan Written Apr 7, 2006

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    Visiting the U.N. is pretty easy. Just go to the main building, turn to the left, get up the stairs there and into the "Security Tent". Don't use your cellphone or camera, go through security, leave your big bag at the counter and go into the building.

    There are guided tours every some 15 to 30 minutes which are not cheap but worth it. If you just want to get some souvenirs, go downstairs and you'll find the UN-shop.

    There you also find a postoffice - and that's special: you can buy United Nations stamps there and put postcards or letters in a special UN-postbox (left when you leave the post office). So your friends at home get a real UN-greeting from you.

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    United Nations

    by aukahkay Written Apr 1, 2006

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    The United Nations Headquarters is located in New York on First Avenue. Multilingual tours conducted by UN staff run throughout the day. For $12, you will be taken on a one-hour guided tour through the Security Council Chamber, Trustee Council Chamber, Economic and Social Chamber and the General Assembly.
    Do not miss the magnificent ivory carving of a Chinese junk in the exhibition hall, a gift from the People's Republic of China.
    In the UN post office, you can send postcards to your loved ones using special UN stamps. These UN stamps can only be used if posted within the UN and cannot be used in New York.

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    by joits Written Mar 22, 2006

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    My experience here is probably something that most people cannot experience... that is if you just take the regular tours that are offered at the U.N. I know someone who works there and we received a personal tour of the UN and we were able to do things that the tours cannot do. In the main assembly hall, the tours are mostly confined to the back area and cannot go past a certain point. We were able to go all the way up to where Kofi Annan himself sits. It was fun being able to find the seating area of various countries.

    There are several places to visit inside the UN. Each room has a purpose and you are give explanations by the tour guide. Displayed throughout the UN, both inside and outside are various gifts give to the UN by several countries. Probably the most interesting one is the gift from Luxembourg.

    Look for the room that has all the flags of all the nations in the UN. Take a picture if you can find your country's flag.

    This really isn't a place to visit for everyone though. If you aren't interested in the UN and what it does, then I think you'll find this and the tour pretty dry. For most people however, they'll find this place interesting and they'll get a better understanding of the UN.

    Naturally before you enter this place, you'll have to go through security. And it is the UN, so expect to go through airport-like security with x-rays and guards.

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    The United Nations.A building of peace and harmony

    by sugarpuff Written Feb 5, 2006

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    Again another 'must see' place. Charles wasn't so interested in visiting it, but when we got there he catually really enjoyed it. You could take a tour of the building to certain rooms but it was about $14 and half of the rooms shown on the leaflet didnt interest me in looking at. I just wanted to go to the General Assembly Hall where they have all the main gatherings. The rooms included The Security Council Chamber, The Trusteeship Council Chamber, The Economic and Social Council Chamber and various exhibits.We also didnt have very much time as we still had to get up to Central Park, but looking around the places we were allowed to be in was very interesting. There was a photo exhibition at the time and most photos were from Peru and China...again...she's following me everywhere...and they wrre really captivating.

    Guided Tours are:
    Mon-Fri 0930 - 1645
    Sat-Sun 1000 - 1630
    (Jan & Feb Mon-Fri ONLY)
    Tours in English leave about every half hour and last for 45mins to 1 hour.
    Children under five years old are not permitted on the tour.

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    Touring the United Nations Buildings

    by mydreamquest Updated Dec 6, 2005

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    As I had more day in New York, my father and I went to this building through tight security. Once inside, we saw many interesting exhibits as well as shops, mini exhibit and a restroom on the basement floor. For $11.50 ($8.50 for Seniors over 62), you can go on a tour of the building. The woman who guided us was from Cuba and spoke excellent English. She was very informative and in the tour made us feel a sense of global unity.

    The United Nations is in fact nearly a country itself. While in the UN, you are technically not in the United States of America, but in United Nations territory. During our tour, there were tourists from Denmark, Domincan Republic, Canada, France, and Germany. It was fascinating to be around people who were all apart of the same group which has united 191 countries.

    Throughout the building, there are many gifts from countries, including a Norman Rockwell mosaic (a gift from the US), a beautifully designed scene from elephant's tusk of a train line that goes thru the scenic Szechuan/Hunan provinces. There is also a beautiful boat from Thailand, and at the entrance, a gift from Luxemburg of a gun tied into a knot to symbolize world disarmament.

    In the tour, you even get to see the General Chambers where all the nations meet. It's beautifully architected but I was not allowed to take pictures of it.

    At the entrance, there are flags which are ordered alphabetically, the first one being the flag of Afghanistan, the last one being the flag of Zimbabwe. The United Nations Building, in Manhattan near the 52nd Street Bridge, is definitely a must see place in New York City.

    One of the many fascinating exhibits inside is the exhibits on the perils of landmines and an exhibit adjacent to that on the perils of the use of atomic weapons. There is an amazing artifact of a statue of Saint Agnes from a Roman Catholic Church in Nagasaki, that had been completely destroyed by an Atom Bomb during World War Two.

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    The U.N. is worth a Tour !

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    When will you next get a chance to visit the U.N.?
    Send someone a postcard with a UN stamp.

    Next time the UN is on the news you can say hey yeah I have been there saw that its cool.

    Be there early! 9.am.

    It has a shop and you see all three meeting rooms.

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    United Nations HQ

    by Blatherwick Updated Sep 25, 2005
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    I couldn't go in because 150 of the heads of State and Government were arriving the next day for the Millennium Summit. Anyways, this is the one place on earth where representatives from all over the world get together to talk. This is sometime good and sometimes not as good but in the end it's a start.

    This distinctive complex has served as the United Nations's headquarters since its completion in 1952. The complex includes three major buildings: the Secretariat (the 39-floor office tower), the General Assembly building (where all member nations of the United Nations meet in the UN General Assembly), and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. It is also notable for its gardens and outdoor sculpture.

    The site of the United Nations headquarters has extraterritoriality status like embassies do. This affects some law enforcement where UN rules override the laws of New York City, but does not give immunity to crimes that take place there. In addition, a few members of the UN staff have diplomatic immunity and so cannot be prosecuted by local courts unless the diplomatic immunity is waived by the Secretary-General.

    Guided tours are conducted seven days a week (Monday to Friday only during January and February). Tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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    United Nations HQ

    by Blatherwick Written Sep 25, 2005
    United Nations Building

    I couldn't go in because 150 of the heads of State and Government were arriving the next day for the Millennium Summit. Anyways, this is the one place on earth where representatives from all over the world get together to talk. This is sometime good and sometimes not as good but in the end it's a start.

    This distinctive complex has served as the United Nations's headquarters since its completion in 1952. The complex includes three major buildings: the Secretariat (the 39-floor office tower), the General Assembly building (where all member nations of the United Nations meet in the UN General Assembly), and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. It is also notable for its gardens and outdoor sculpture.

    The site of the United Nations headquarters has extraterritoriality status like embassies do. This affects some law enforcement where UN rules override the laws of New York City, but does not give immunity to crimes that take place there. In addition, a few members of the UN staff have diplomatic immunity and so cannot be prosecuted by local courts unless the diplomatic immunity is waived by the Secretary-General.

    Guided tours are conducted seven days a week (Monday to Friday only during January and February). Tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday; Saturday and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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    My Own International Protest

    by mydreamquest Written Jul 5, 2005
    UN at 1am in June 2005

    Sadly, I confess, I was drunk when I took this shot, two bottles of wine and this blurred shot seemed clear.

    I was protesting at 1am that the "city that doesn't sleep" was being insulting by not having the flags up at 1am.

    I think a mubbled: "what if a Lithuanian got of the plane to come here and didn't see their flag because it was taken down?"

    Ok, this was probably one of my more sarcastic protests.

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