A New Take on UN Week in NYC

I have to admit, having been to my first UN General Assembly week in NYC for a few years–it was pretty exciting, for many of the reasons noted in this piece:

For years, there had been nothing to see at the General Assembly. It consisted almost solely of top diplomats meeting in back rooms while the press and the public stood behind security barriers. Now, there are numerous large events in which the public can participate.People could attend United Nations events by signing up for particular sessions or meetings. The Social Good Summit, founded six years ago, drew 1,800 participants, up from 1,600 last year. The Global Citizen Festival, which provided free tickets to the Central Park concert to those who had engaged in charitable efforts, attracted a crowd of 60,000.“It’s about turning U.N. week inside out,” said Pete Cashmore, founder and chief executive of Mashable, who helped start the Social Good Summit. “Rather than a few powerful people deciding the fate of the world, how do we get everyone involved and engaged in a dialogue?” For the first time, similar gatherings were held in Washington and London this year.

Source: Forget Coachella and Bonnaroo: The U.N. Is the Place to Be – The New York Times



NYC | What is the “High Line”?

When you are visiting the UN in New York, you can get your moment of solitude in Central Park, or head downtown and stroll the High Line for a shining example of urban renewal mixed with life in the city.  (Hooked?  You can spend a lot more time exploring via these shorts.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize | I [heart] NYC


NEW YORK LINE BY LINE: From Broadway to the Battery
By Robinson.
Unpaged. Universe. $19.95.

Robinson (1910-93), a German illustrator, first visited New York in the 1960s and meticulously recorded what he found: crowded train stations, Chinatown parades, empty bars, fine art, soaring skylines and people ever on the move. Above, a detail from “Manhattan at Night.”