You 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.