I think this is a pretty amazing place -- where else in the world is so purely international? I think the things that happen here also make it amazing -- we are living through an age of unprecedented cooperation and internationalism. The globalization (good and bad) can be focused here.
- Only one film has been filmed here with permission: The Interpreter (2005).
- Alfred Hitchcock filmed Cary Grant in North By Northwest illegally and using a matte painting.
- The Amazing Race had one episode here using the flags.
- The building appears in the game Grand Theft Auto IV but is called Civilization Committee Building.
- A 2001 telephone poll revealed that 67% of callers were in favor of moving the UN Headquarters out of the country.
- When the US failed to pay its UN dues, Russian diplomats suggested moving the headquarters to St. Petersburg.
- It is located in Turtle Bay in Manhattan.
- All 15 of the UN's specialized agencies' headquarters are located in other countries.
- The Rockefeller family estate was offered as an alternate location but was rejected because it was too far from Manhattan.
- A Board of Design Consultants made up of representatives from 12 countries was responsible for its design.
- The property was originally a slaughterhouse before it became UN headquarters.
- The UN originally dreamed of an independent city for itself but realistically downsized its plans.
- The building met some, but not all of the city's fire and safety codes.
- The office of the Secretary General is on the 38th floor.
- Diplomatic Immunity of UN staff can be (and has been) waived by the Secretary General.
- All mail sent to the UN is sterilized.
- The General Assembly hall has a capacity of 1800 people and it is the largest room in the complex. Each delegation has six seats with three seats behind them.
- The complex has undergone several renovations, including to install sprinklers, fix leaks and remove asbestos.
|www.panoramio.com -- All 193 UN member flags are flown in alphabetical order along with the UN flag.|