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United Nations

Recommended by

Ben Chang Diplomat

on January 21st 2007
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  • Info

  • Address

  • 1st Avenue & 46th Street
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10017
  • Midtown East
  • Contact

  • 212 963 TOUR (8687)
  • Website

  • www.un.org
  • Cost

  • $12 Adults
    $08 Students
    $07 Children (5-14)
  • Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:45pm
    Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm
    Guided Tours 7 days a week (M-F only in Jan/Feb)
  • Directions

  • 4 5 6 7 to Grand Central Station
  • Additional Info

  • Tours in English normally leave every half hour and last approximately 45-60 minutes.
  • Map

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Recommendation

Ben Chang Says

Every morning I enter the United Nations landmark, completed in 1952, inspired by Le Corbusier and designed by an international team led by Wallace Harrison. I spend large chunks of each day at the UN, especially when the Security Council is in session, or during the annual confab of world leaders in September (which New Yorkers often call the "Great East Side Parking Lot"). But it isn't until the day is winding down that I get to walk the halls and actually soak in some of the history and design that makes the UN such a special place to work. At every turn, the furniture, the art and the very design of the building evokes a different corner of the world, yet blends together seamlessly. My favorite piece of art? The golden Dodo donated by Mauritius in 2002—very Las Vegas!

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