New York United Nations Tour Guide

Thinking of visiting the USA? Wondering what to do in New York? Visit the United Nations! To learn more about this famous place, here’s a short United Nations Tour guide:

The official UN headquarters were donated to the United Nations by John D. Rockefeller Jr., so this complex does not belong to the US since it sits on international territory. It is located in Turtle Bay neighborhood, on the east side of Midtown Manhattan, and it is overlooking the East River. This is also where the Chrysler Building is located.

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The building was designed in international style, by a number of international designers, with the architect Oscar Niemeyer in charge of the project. The complex includes four buildings and each of those buildings has a different purpose. The biggest building is the Secretariat Building, completed in 1950 and it is 544 feet tall. In this building countries of the world gather in the general assembly hall, where all UN members have a special seat dedicated for them.

The building was featured in many movies for its political importance – maybe you’ve seen “The Interpreter” starring Sean Penn? – making it one of the greatest NYC attractions to see, especially if you’re a movie fan! When you visit the United Nations Headquarters, you can enjoy the inside as well as the outside, which is a small public park, filled with many iconic sculptures donated to the UN throughout the years by many countries. Such as the statue of a Colt Python caliber revolver presented by the Luxembourg government, and the sculpture of Evgeniy Vuchetich, with the title “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares” given as a present by the Soviet Union, and even a section of the Berlin Wall! You will also be able to enjoy famous works of art such as the Guernica by Pablo Picasso, in the entrance to the building.

Check the rest of our New York City video guides for more information about the attractions in the same area; you might want to visit the other New York landmark in Midtown Manhattan, the famous Chrysler Building, located on the 405 Lexington Avenue. This building is a must see for every tourist. It was built by the great Walter P. Chrysler, and was considered to be one of the tallest buildings in the world. For more ideas, watch our many New York video guides!

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