For more 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 marriageboth 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 growthfrom its original 51 member states to 193 by 2017placed demands on the surrounding metropolis for everything from more office space, to more security, to better housing and schools for the international community’s children. As the city worked to accommodate the world body’s needsoften in the face of competition from other locales vying to host at least parts of the UN entityNew 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 more 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 Yorkwith its headquarters complex freshly renovated and the city proudly proclaiming that the organization adds nearly $4 billion to the New York economy each yearit seems clear the decades-old marriage will last. Whatever the inevitable spats and clashes along the way, the worldly affair is here to stay.
|Publisher:||Fordham University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Pamela Hanlon, a former corporate communications executive with American Express Company, United Airlines, and Pan American, has lived in the East Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan, near the United Nations headquarters, since 1976, and has written extensively about the area.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: City Rebuffed
Chapter Two: Suburbia Unnerved
Chapter Three: Cosmopolitan Charm
Chapter Four: Rockefellers to the Rescue
Chapter Five: Rise of a Cityscape Icon
Chapter Six: Smoothing Out the Wrinkles
Chapter Seven: Learning to Live Side by Side
Chapter Eight: Autumn in New York
Chapter Nine: Tussle over Tickets
Chapter Ten: Trio Created
Chapter Eleven: Making a Mark
Chapter Twelve: Quandary over Age
Chapter Thirteen: Renewal of a Cityscape Icon
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 very much involved with the history today. Thank you for bringing this wonderful story in it's totality to this generation of readers and us oldsters who are only now paying attention.