66. The United Nations in New York City
The United Nations, an international organization founded in
after the Second World War by 51 countries,
its headquarters along the East River in New
City. Technically anyone who visits UN Headquarters is
in New York anymore. They are not even
the United States. That is because the land
buildings are considered international territory. The United Nations
its own flag, its own post office and
own postage stamps. There is no need to
currency, however. The UN uses the U.S. Dollar.
official languages are used at the United Nations.
are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
rules override the laws of New York City.
does not mean that people can commit crimes
and get away with it. There is no
to those who commit crimes there.
the United Nations now stands used to belong
a slaughterhouse. The current buildings were completed in
. The perimeter of the UN is lined with
with the flags of all 193 UN member
and the UN flag. They are arranged in
order in English.
Some may think it's great
be a neighbor to a peacekeeping agency like
UN. Many New Yorkers don't always think so
. Every time a dignitary like a president or
minister visits, streets are closed, making it hard
get around and to find parking.
to be a diplomat to visit the UN
. There are tours Monday through Friday and not
in English. Guided tours are available in English,
, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,
Swedish. Visitors can have a meal at the
's Dining Room featuring a buffet of food from
over the world.