June 14, 2005
Visiting The United Nations
Over the weekend, I visited the United Nations for a free tour as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary this month. As a "thank you" to New Yorkers, they are encouraging citizens of their host city to make the trip to visit. I've always had fond memories of the UN as my mom worked there. While they give tours every day, the Sunday tours this month are free. One thing I found out, from the guide that has been there three months, is that the cafeteria has increased their prices.
The minimalist tour includes trips to the Security Council and to the General Assembly. Pictured above is the Secretariat Building, a mural depicting the formation of the UN, the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council, the General Assembly, and some reflective globe sculpture.
Fun facts: the United Nations is international territory and not part of the United States or New York City; there are 191 member states now; the first seat in the first row of the General Assembly rotates between all the members (who are seated alphabetically by their English names), thus preventing Afghanistan from being in the first seat all the time; currently, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has the first seat and Saint Lucia is last.
The actual 60th anniversary of the UN charter's signing is on June 26th, the last Sunday of the month.
The UN is such an odd building. I used to run by it all the time when I lived on the UES and I always wondered why the structure was so stark and prison-like.
Posted by: corie at June 14, 2005 9:03 AM
Is that last thing the nuclear thing? Isn't there some sculpture there that they say they'll melt down if the world ever gets rid of all its nukes?
Posted by: Adam at June 14, 2005 3:30 PM
u know my friend was checking out their website and it said they were only givin tours in jan-mar or somethin.. what gives
Posted by: daniel at June 15, 2005 4:24 AM
not sure adam. i tried to look it up, but i found nothing.
daniel, i suppose your friend didn't excel at reading comprehension? the un tour site.
Posted by: tien at June 15, 2005 9:41 AM
I love to visit the UN, we go every time we're in NYC to check out the first-floor exhibits. Last time we were there they were filming The Interpreter , but we didn't see anything of interest, other than the lighting setups.
Posted by: Paul at June 15, 2005 8:23 PM
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