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United Nations Neighborhood Guide

Discover Things to Do Near the United Nations

Located on the East River, the United Nations Headquarters is an 18-acre complex designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Completed in 1952, the modernist structure is a New York City landmark. Surrounding the UN headquarters is a quiet Turtle Bay neighborhood on Manhattan’s East Side is the perfect place to enjoy residential comforts in New York, within walking distance of the best things to do near the United Nations.

Where to Eat in Near the United Nations

A New York institution, The Campbell Apartment is located in historic Grand Central Terminal. The classic bar pays homage to the legacy of John W. Campbell, a Jazz Age financier who converted his private office into a bar in the 1920s. The refined yet approachable atmosphere is still one of the best places in Manhattan for a hand-crafted cocktail. Further east, The Smith is a more modern affair. The casual American Brasserie has been popular in Manhattan since opening in 2007. Family owned since 1926, The Palm Too serves prime steaks, whole lobster, Italian specialities, and award-winning wines.

The Campbell Apartment: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue 

The Smith: 956 Second Avenue

The Palm Too: 840 Second Avenue 

Shopping Near the United Nations 

Grand Central Terminal is more than a transportation hub — it’s a shopping, dining and cultural destination. All of your mobile phone and computer needs are met at the Apple Store, located at the center of the terminal. Outposts of Tumi and Warby Paker make it easy to pick up any needed essentials, while L’Occitane, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Origins, and The Art of Shaving conveniently offer all the accessories and toiletries needed during your stay.

Grand Central Terminal: 89 E 42nd Street

United Nations Art and Culture 

Explore the Japan Society, celebrating Japanese culture in America through art exhibitions, dance, theater, film, family programs, language classes, sake tastings and more. Of course, don’t miss an opportunity to explore the United Nations itself. Every year, the UN headquarters welcomes more than one million visitors. Book a guided tour of the UN Headquarters, visit the exhibits, browse the UN Bookshop, purchase a souvenir, and send a postcard with a UN stamp.

Japan Society: 333 E 47th Street

The United Nations Headquarters: 405 East 42nd Street

Outdoor Activities Near the United Nations 

To enjoy the peace and quiet outdoors in Midtown East, head to Peter Detmold Park — a wooded neighborhood park featuring a walkway along the East River, game tables and a gazebo. 

Peter Detmold Park: 454 E 51st Street

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