United Nations, New York City
The United Nations was founded in 1945. It aims to preserve world peace, promote self-determinationa and to aid economic & self well-beling around the world.
This photo shows the "Non-Violence" statue donated by Luxembourg in 1988.
We walked over to the UN building one afternoon and I think that we got there at about 5 pm. When we wanted to get in we were told that it was closed…so much of the “city that never sleeps” *grin*. We returned the following day and after the mandatory security check we got into the lobby of the UN building and we bought a guided tour for 10$ each. Our guide was from Italy but she spoke perfect English and she took us through the different rooms: the Security Council, the general assembly hall etc. Our guide was knowledgeable and she told us a lot about the work of the UN and their operation around the world. We also got lots of general information…did you e.g. know that the interior in the Security Council is a gift from Norway?
Fondest memory: One of the strongest impressions comes from seeing artefacts taken from Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Due to the nuclear blast over these cities there were examples of cups and glasses that were melted due to the extreme heat. Let us hope that something like that doesn’t happen again.
The UN is an international area and they even have their own postal service. So if you go into the post office you can buy UN stamps but remember that you have to send the postcards from the UN building. We did get to take a look at the general assembly hall but we didn’t get to take any pictures. This was due to the shooting of a new film by the name of “The Interpreter” which stars Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. We were hoping to see some of the stars of course but we never ran into them :-)
New York City is one of the biggest cosmopolitan in the world. There are lots of places to see but my recommendation in NY first of all to gain a NYC visit hand book which you can provide it free. This guide has all details and addresses of the places where you should go and see during your visit in NYC.
Anyway..the heart and soul of NYC is Manhattan. You can meet every kind people that came from different parts of all over the world. ONE BIG UNITED NATIONS!! When you are in Manhattan you must definitely go and see 42nd street-Times Square especially at night. Times Square is one of my favourites in Manhattan although it is always crowded. But crowd is the other name of NYC, don't forget that..:)))
Fondest memory: NYC SUBWAY
There is also another big city under ground. Welcome to NYC Metro. I can never forget my first experience in this big underground city when I was trying to get Manhattan from Bronx (another part of NYC). It was in the weekend and you cannot imagine how all these huge ten subway cars become massy full with people that try to get their jobs in the morning. Rush hours of NYC and NYC metro are always and always within a crazy hurry. Myself, was trying to get downtown Manhattan from uptown (Bronx) with 6 train and also trying to get familiar everything around while glancing huge metro map on my hands.
Tours of the United Nations are offered daily covering the General Assembly Public Lobby and various chamber halls. Work of the U.N. and its various related organizations, as well as art and objects on the premises that were donated by Member States.
Flags of the Member State are lined up in front of the complex starting from First Avenue with Afghanistan at 48th Street and ending with Zimbabwe at 42nd Street.
Visit the United Nations Headquarters!
Fondest memory: As a former member of the UN Student Asociation, I'm a big fan of this organization. Which doesn't mean I'm not critical about what they do, but I think it's the best way to achieve world peace...
Fondest memory: My favourite memory of New York would have to be participating in the National Model United Nations my freshman year of college. As the honored representative from Ghana, I had the privelege of speaking at the podium in the UN assembly chamber. An experience of a lifetime, really. All thanks to my head delegate who decided to skip the session to make out with some guy from Chicago.
NY is a lovely state...upstate NY has Niagara Falls...a must see.
NYC downtown and nightlife are great. Also, heck out the museums, broadway, and historical sites like the UN building and the State of Liberty/Ellis Island.
It was wonderful. I had a great time.
NY city is one of the most beautiful and important cities in the world. I just love it!!!!
Fondest memory: My last day in NY I was by myself takin the subway and making my own tour around the city. I went to the United Nations building and some other places.
I was alone evethough there was a lot of people around me. It was a weir but nice experience...
photo for the main location of the United Nations in New York
"The UN was created not to bring us to heaven, but to save us from hell." Dag Hammarskjold, the UN’s second secretary-general
Favorite thing: photo of the United Nations during construction where the building of the general committee appear from the back under construciton in september 1951
A huge building for a great idea.
Fondest memory: It can be visited during a guided tour (1 H) in your language if you are patient.
Favorite thing: The famous United Nation building is ofcourse "a must" to see....but compared to other buildings it is not that high as i imagine....