START SPREADING THE NEWS – NEW YORK CITY . SEEING THE UNITED NATIONS .

FB_IMG_1490105403954You left one of  the  biggest  terminals  in the  United  States ,  the Grand  Central  Terminal  in New  York  City .

You are on your  way down  4 2nd  Street  to  see  the  United  Nations  Building .

You aren’t  going  to  do the tour or spend the $34 that  it costs  to  eat  in the  delegates  dining  room ,  no matter  how  great  the food might  be .

When  you  went  to  Roosevelt  Island ,  you caught  a glimpse  of  the  UN Building .

It’s  considered  international  territory  in spite  of  the  fact that  it’s  located in New York  City .

You wanted  to  take  public  transportation  to get there, but instead  you’re  going  to  do what  the other  New Yorkers  do ,  you’re  going  to  walk.

You’re  walking  down  Second  Avenue ,  but the street  sign has another  name.”Yitzhak  Rabin  Way”, after the  late Prime Minister  of  Israel .

You continue  walking  down  First Avenue ,  but the  sign reads “Nelson  and Winnie  Mandela  Way.”

You’re  sure  that  you’re  close  to  the  United  Nations  Building  now.

You notice  cars  coming  off one of  the  busiest  highways  in the  city ,  the FDR  Drive .

On  one  side  is the  borough of   Manhattan  and  on the  other ,  is Queens .

In between  is the  East River .

There it is  finally ,  the UN  Building .

This building  takes up six long blocks  between  42 and 4 8th   Street .

Not  surprisingly ,  there’s  a  lot  of  security  around  all of the  buildings .

One of  which  is  the  United  States  Mission  to  the  the  UN .

You aren’t  taking  pictures  of  the  mission ,  but there’s  enough  buildings  for you  to  take  pictures  of .

One of  which  is  the  General  Assembly  Building ,  with  all 193 flags  of the  member nations.

You play  a  game  of  name that country  as you look  at  all of the  flags.

You cross  the  street  and  walk  over  to  the  Natan Sharansky Steps , which  connects the apartment  complex  of Tudor  City  to Ralph  Bunches Park .at the  UN.

You’re  fascinated  by  the  words  on the wall  besides  the  steps .

It happens  to  be  the  mission  statement  of  the  UN .

The words are from  the  Book  of  Isiah  :

“THEY  SHALL BEAT THEIR SWORDS INTO  PLOW SHARES  AND THEIR SPEARS INTO  PRUNING HOOKS.

NATIONS  SHALL  NOT  LIFT UP SWORD AGAINST    NATION, NEITHER SHALL  THEY LEARN  WAR ANY MORE”.

As you walk  around  the  area, you realize  that  there are  so many  plaza and sculptures  around  the  UN, like the  one  that’s  right  in front  of  you  on 47 Street

You notice  what seems  to  be  a  suitcase  standing  to the  side by itself   in front  of  what  seems  to  be  four black  pillars.

It might be 47 Street ,  but the  street  sign  reads “Raoul  Wallenberg  Plaza”, after the  Swedish  diplomat  who tried  to  save as many Jewish  refugees  as he could  in Hungary  during  World  War  I  I .

This is  his monument  and you presume  that  the  briefcase  in front  of  you  near the  four pillars would  have  been  his.

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