New York lawmakers have approved plans for the building; now awaits OK from Governor and Mayor
New York lawmakers have passed legislation authorizing construction of a new United Nations office building on a playground next to its headquarters in Manhattan.
The measure, if signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, would require finding substitute Manhattan parkland to make up for the piece of the Robert Moses Playground that would be lost.
A formal agreement by October 10th is needed between New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state legislative leaders for the land transfer to the United Nations Development Corporation.
Sponsors say the new building, which should be no taller than the 29-story UN Secretariat Building, is intended to house and improve security for staff now spread among buildings owned by the city and private landlords.