Built on an 18 acre plot of land donated by John D. Rockefeller Jr, the design for the UN complex was drawn by an international committee of architects, the United Nations Board of Design.
Based on a Le Corbusier design, the 39 story, 544 ft tall slab was completed in 1950.
Along First Avenue in front of the United Nations Headquarters is a display of flags from each member of the UN, starting with with Afghanistan at 48th street and ending with Zimbabwe at 42nd street.
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