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United Nations Headquarters

A riverfront gathering place for the world’s most powerful political leaders, this building is also home to a surprisingly diverse array of tourist attractions.

For some people it is synonymous with power, for others the United Nations Headquarters is simply a beautiful place to walk around. Next to the East River and just across the water from Brooklyn, this is an area filled with sights.

The main building of the complex, the Secretariat, was designed by an international cohort of architects first to employ what is now known as the International Style of architecture. Even the design of this building was an act of diplomacy. Notable German architect Mies van der Rohe, for instance, was barred from participating in the project, due to his ties to Germany during World War II.

Take a guided tour of the building, which includes a visit to the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber. See remnants of the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945. They include coins, bottles and a statue. Browse exhibits in the building's public spaces, featuring photographs and multimedia presentations covering the U.N.’s mission.

Stroll through the grounds and gardens for the many works of art. Watch light pour through a Marc Chagall stained glass. Get close to the famous knotted revolver sculpture, Non-Violence. View historic diplomatic gifts from the Soviet Union, Japan and Brazil. Among them is a large bronze sculpture from the Soviet Government to mark the 45th anniversary of the U.N.’s founding.

The headquarters is open every day, except for some major holidays. To find out more about the tours, including ticket prices and discounts, visit the U.N.’s website.

Subway access to this part of Manhattan is limited, but Grand Central Station is directly west of the United Nations Headquarters by a few blocks. While the neighborhood surrounding the U.N. is mostly residential, Murray Hill is walking distance southwest of here. Savor some of the best Indian cuisine in Manhattan that the neighborhood is known for and why it’s nicknamed “Curry Hill.” Finish the evening with a movie at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15-screen theater, just a few blocks away, or enjoy a stroll along the East River walkway.


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Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza £74
Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza

Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza

1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of United Nations Headquarters and Grand Central Terminal. The Morgan Library and Museum and Bryant Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Lexington Av.-53 St. Station is 13 minutes by foot and Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 11 minutes.

    Millennium Times Square New York £77
    Millennium Times Square New York

    Millennium Times Square New York

    145 W 44th St, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Times Square, Broadway and Minskoff Theater. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Shubert Theatre are also within 5 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) and 49th St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Arlo NoMad £75
      Arlo NoMad

      Arlo NoMad

      11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

        Pod 51 £62
        Pod 51

        Pod 51

        230 E 51st St, New York, NY
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of 5th Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral. United Nations Headquarters and Rockefeller Center are also within 15 minutes. Lexington Av.-53 St. Station is only a 4-minute walk and 51 St. Station is 8 minutes.

          Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue £74
          Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue

          Radisson Hotel New York Midtown-Fifth Avenue

          25 West 51st Street, Units 3 and 4, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Rockefeller Center, Top of the Rock and Radio City Music Hall. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Times Square are also within 10 minutes. 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 5 minutes by foot and 7 Av. Station (E 53rd St.) is 7 minutes.

            citizenM New York Times Square £80
            citizenM New York Times Square

            citizenM New York Times Square

            218 West 50th Street, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is steps away from Ambassador Theatre, Gershwin Theater and Winter Garden Theatre. Broadway Theatre and Times Square are also within 5 minutes. 49th St. Station and 50 St. Station (Broadway) are within a 5-minute walk.

              The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City £125
              The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

              The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

              45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. 5 Av Station (W. 42nd St.) is 5 minutes by foot and 47 - 50 Sts - Rockefeller Center Station is 8 minutes.

                Luxury Furnished 1 Bed Midtown East Near United Nations
                Luxury Furnished 1 Bed Midtown East Near United Nations

                Luxury Furnished 1 Bed Midtown East Near United Nations

                330 East 46th Street, New York, NY
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of United Nations Headquarters and Chrysler Building. 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal are also within 15 minutes. Lexington Av.-53 St. Station is 11 minutes by foot and Grand Central - 42 St. Station is 11 minutes.