The New York Times and other publications report the U.N. is eschewing 7WTC and is considering relocating to downtown Brooklyn until 2010 while its landmark 42nd Street headquarters is renovated.
No specific address was given.
The U.N. had wanted to relocate to a 35-story building to be built one block south of the headquarters but the New York State lawmakers blocked funding the $330 million move saying it would take out a playground.
The U.N. considered various locations in Manhattan including 7WTC but none of the buildings would have provided space for the General Assembly to meet near the offices.
The plan for Brooklyn according to the Times is “part of a larger development in Downtown Brooklyn” with existing office space and where halls could be built to accommodate conferences.
Spike Lee had the best quote in the article:
“The U.N., then the Nets, huh?” Mr. Lee said, referring to a proposal to bring a professional basketball team to Brooklyn. “I guess we could accommodate them for a little while, but they can’t stay.”
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