A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond

Pamela Hanlon


A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond

A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond

  • Title: A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond
  • Author: Pamela Hanlon
  • ISBN: 9780823277957
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover



For than seven decades, New York City and the United Nations have shared the island of Manhattan, living and working together in a bond that has been likened to a long marriage both tempestuous and supportive, quarrelsome and committed A Worldly Affair tells the story of this hot and cold romance, from the 1940s when Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was doggedly determinedFor than seven decades, New York City and the United Nations have shared the island of Manhattan, living and working together in a bond that has been likened to a long marriage both tempestuous and supportive, quarrelsome and committed A Worldly Affair tells the story of this hot and cold romance, from the 1940s when Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was doggedly determined to bring the new world body to New York, to the UN s flat rejection of the city s offer, then its abrupt change of course in the face of a Rockefeller gift, and on to some tense, troubling decades that followed.Racial prejudice and anti Communist passions challenged the young international institution Spies, scofflaw diplomats, provocative foreign visitors, and controversial UN member policy positions tested New Yorkers patience And all the while, the UN s growth from its original 51 member states to 193 by 2017 placed demands on the surrounding metropolis for everything from office space, to security, to better housing and schools for the international community s children As the city worked to accommodate the world body s needs often in the face of competition from other locales vying to host at least parts of the UN entity New Yorkers at times grew to resent its encroachment on their neighborhoods, and at times even its very presence It was a constituent sentiment that provoked than one New York mayor to be less than hospitable in dealing with the city s international guests.Yet, as the UN moves into its eighth decade in New York with its headquarters complex freshly renovated and the city proudly proclaiming that the organization adds nearly 4 billion to the New York economy each year it seems clear the decades old marriage will last Whatever the inevitable spats and clashes along the way, the worldly affair is here to stay.


Recent Comments "A Worldly Affair: New York, the United Nations, and the Story Behind Their Unlikely Bond"

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GNAb I received a free electronic copy of this interesting history from Netgalley, Pamela Hanlon, and Fordham University Press in exchange for an honest review. This is a very intriguing history of the establishment of the United Nations into downtown New York City. I don't recall hearing much about the ins and outs of this comingling of the world organization of nations with the flamboyant and unique NYC. Not a lot of national press made it into the wilds of New Mexico back in the day. I am ver [...]

Last year, I read a book about efforts to put the UN HQ in Rapid City, SD. Now, it seems inevitable that they meet in New York City, but in 1946, London, Philadelphia, Greenwich CT and Stockholm all had in proposals--although wealthy landowners in Greenwich feared exotic foreigners and camels wandering their tennis courts. La Guardia lobbied hard, securing an institution which, despite complaints about diplomatic immunity from parking tickets, traffic, spies and protests, now puts $4 billion a y [...]


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