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United Nations Headquarters (New York) Visit: 2008-7
2008-08-04 - As a civilian, non-diplomat, your access is very limited.

The best way to get there is via subway or train, via Grand Central. From there exit to 42nd Street and make a left until you reach 1st Ave. Basically the opposite direction from Time Square. Then you make another left up 1st Ave until you reach the Visitor Entrance. From there you can access the grounds for free after going through the security check point. The Check Point was easier than an airport screening. From there you can visit the gift shops, cafeteria, and post office downstairs for free. The Garden is also available but it was closed on my visit.

The access to the main meeting rooms are via the tour. The tour lasted about 45 minutes, the cost US$12.50. Also get a lesson on what the current ajenda for the UN is. Several gifts are viewable during the tour but not much time spent on this. I wish I could have had another hour for that alone. I was unable to see the Security Council room as a meeting was taking place.

Overall the $12.50 was worth the visit.


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