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A Great Resource Guide for Relocating to NYC

This resource list for relocating foreigners comes from the Office of the Mayor Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps & Protocol. Its really useful!

THE CONSULAR WOMEN’S CLUB
The Consular Women’s Club was founded in 1972 by wives of Foreign Consuls in New York with the purpose of helping and assisting newly arrived members of the Consular Corps. In 2002, the aim of the club is to achieve a better understanding among our Consular affiliated members and with our American hosts.
Carol Nash, President
Telephone: (212) 727-8031

HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE FOR UNITED NATIONS DELEGATES INC.
This committee offers a year round multifaceted schedule for programs and services to meet the needs of the delegates and their families. They offer home hospitality, cultural tours, tickets to concerts and theaters (when available), children’s programs and English language classes.
Shana Fried, Administrative Director
General Assembly Building, First Floor (Room 101)
United Nations
New York, New York 10017
Telephone: (212) 963-8753
Fax: (212) 963-1320


SOCIETY OF FOREIGN CONSULS

The Society of Foreign Consuls in New York is a prestigious and unique organization founded in 1925 to represent the world’s largest Consular Corps, which is currently comprised of 106 Consulates General. It is steered by an Executive Committee made up of elected representatives of different regions of the world. The Society works to safeguard the interests, rights, and privileges of the members of the Consular Corps as defined by international law or as established through usage. Furthermore, it strives to promote cultural and economic relations between their respective countries and the United States.
Elle Berdy, Secretary of the Society of Foreign Consuls
Telephone: (917) 689-7424

UNITED NATIONS CHURCH CENTER
A nondenominational chapel may be rented for weddings in the United Nations Chapel, and houses religious nonprofit organizations.
United Nations Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 661-1762

UNITED NATIONS DELEGATIONS WOMEN’S CLUB
This informal club was established by the wives of delegates to create and strengthen ties among women associated with the UN. It holds monthly meetings and organizes luncheons and teas.
United Nations Delegations Women’s Club
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 682-3633 for information on meeting schedule

UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
A not-for-profit public benefit corporation created by the State Legislature in 1968, with the support of the City of New York to provide commercial office space and other facilities for the United Nations community in New York.
Senator Roy M. Goodman, President/CEO
United Nations Development Corporation
Two United Nations Plaza, 27th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 888-1618

UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
The United Nations International School, K-12 grades, was established in the spirit of the UN Charter and is open to families in the United Nations, Consular Corps, as well as to international and local children. Its student body of boys and girls derives from many diverse nations, as does its unique faculty. UNIS prepares children academically for schools worldwide. UNIS offers strong programs in arts, physical education, language, environmental studies and computer science.
United Nations International School
24-50 East River Drive
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: (212) 684-7400

UNITED NATIONS LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR STAFF AND DIPLOMATS
Language classes in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish are available to UN staff members and delegates, as well as categories of non-staff members and other accredited individuals.
United Nations Language Classes For Staff And Diplomats
United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 963-0606


UNITED NATIONS MEDICAL SERVICES

These offices are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. First Aid and emergency treatment are available. The Medical Service also keeps a list of private physicians to assist UN staff and Mission members in choosing family doctors and specialists.
United Nations Medical Services
Secretariat Building, Room 556 and One UN Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 963-7090 or (212) 963-8990
Fax: (212) 963-4925

UNITED NATIONS STAFF ACTIVITIES AND HOUSING SECTION
This office provides assistance and counsel on all aspects of housing placement to UN staff and members of the delegations. It also publishes the Secretariat News, organizes home hospitality, provides advice on personal insurance coverage, gives travel and sight-seeing tips and maintains a desk outside the cafeteria on the Ground Floor which provides discount coupons for various tours, sporting events and shows.
United Nations Staff Activities And Housing Section
United Nations, Secretariat Building – First Floor
Telephone: (212) 963-7065

UNITED NATIONS STAFF COUNSELOR
Personal, family, and job related problems may be discussed with the Staff Counselor in total confidence. The services are available to staff of the UN and their families. The services of educational advisers, referrals to outside professional services and a domestic help exchange are also offered to Mission personnel.
United Nations Staff
Consular United Nations, Room S-594
Telephone: (212) 963-7091
UNITED NATIONS WOMEN’S GUILD
The purpose of the Guild is to work on projects to raise funds to assist children in need all over the world and to foster friendships among women associated with the UN by work or relationship. Special membership may be offered to persons indirectly connected with the UN. There are four groups: Queens, Manhattan, Westchester, and the Secretariat. Meetings are held twice a month. There is an annual membership fee.
United Nations Women’s Guild
One United Nations Plaza, Room 550
New York, NY 10017
Meetings held at:
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 682-3633

WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FORUM
The Women’s International Forum was established in 1975 to provide spouses and associates of the UN community with an issue-oriented forum for briefing and in-depth discussions mainly, but not exclusively on problems concerning the UN in particular and the international community in general. Meetings are held at the UN Church Center on the last Friday of every month from September through May.
Women’s International Forum
866 United Nations Plaza, 48th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Meetings at :
United Nations Church Center
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 963-3112
Governmental

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
The United States Mission is the United States representative to the United Nations, and its primary function is to assist the President and the Department of State in conducting United States policy at the UN. Information gathered by Mission officers is later relayed to overseas American Embassies that have interest in particular items under United Nations consideration. As host country, the United States government has a special responsibility to all member nations of the United Nations and to the people who work at the United Nations. The Host Country Section provides many services to the international community in order to facilitate its normal functioning in New York
United States Mission to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 415-4000

OFFICE OF FOREIGN MISSIONS
The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), US Department of State New York Regional Office administers the following programs to eligible accredited personnel of consulates, permanent missions to the United Nations and the United Nations itself: tax exemption cards, exemption from federal gasoline taxes, and exemption from utility sales taxes. Eligible members of missions and consulates must register their personal vehicles with OFM, and eligible members of missions and consulates are required to obtain US Department of State licenses. Finally, OFM reviews and regulates the acquisition of all real property by missions and consulates to include leases, purchases, addition, and renovations.
866 UN Plaza, Suite 265
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 826-4500
Fax: (212) 826-4508

A Tour of Bristol Cove

Bristol Cove is the small neighborhood that borders the East River, lying east of Kips Bay in Manhattan. It includes Stuyvesant Cove Park, the 23rd Street Marina, the United Nations International School, the British International School, Waterside Plaza’s apartment buildings and stores, the Water Club restaurant, and the 34th Street Heliport and Water Taxi. Just to the north of Bristol Cove lies the United Nations building complex.

 

Looking north towards Waterside.

 

The Marine Terminal.

 

The Solar Center at the beginning of Stuyvesant Cove Park.

 

Waterside seen from Bellevue’s Park.

Update About July 4th

 

Many of you may have already heard rumors of some disappointing news – that the traditional Macy’s fireworks on the East River are moving to the West Side. I am sad to say this is indeed true, we have confirmed with the Mayors Office that this year’s fireworks event will indeed be on the West Side. As a result, we will not be having our traditional large scale July 4th celebration at Waterside this year. More details on this to come.

On a positive note, however, the fireworks going west to the Hudson River are partly to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the river that now bears his name. The process of planning next years fireworks will not begin until later in 2009, and we have high hopes for the return of the fireworks to our side of the island next year. I’ll also keep you updated on this as we learn more.

– Peter Davis, Managing Director