United Nations Headquarters

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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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Pod 39
Pod 39
3 out of 5
145 East 39th Street, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,006 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
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Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square
4 out of 5
145 W 44th St, New York, NY
The price is ¥9,593 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central
Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central
2.5 out of 5
231 E 43rd St, New York, NY
The price is ¥11,514 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Millennium Hilton New York One UN Plaza
4 out of 5
1 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
The price is ¥14,136 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Club Quarters, Times Square - Midtown
4 out of 5
40 W 45th St, New York, NY
The price is ¥12,345 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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Westgate New York Grand Central
4 out of 5
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The Westin New York Grand Central
4.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The Plaza Hotel
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