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Clearing The Way
Description: Documentary about the planning and construction of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and the changing neighborhood of Turtle Bay.
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Clip #: TFA-298A
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: North America
Country: United States
State: New York
City: New York
Subject: Construction
Original: 16mm
1950s, New York, New York City, Manhattan, Turtle Bay, United Nations Headquarters, construction, aerial East Midtown Manhattan skyline, cityscape, East River, engineers at drafting table, lead engineer discussing how United Nations complex development began, East River, barge, shirtless man siting on pier reading newspaper, FDR Drive, street signs, street scenes around Turtle Bay neighborhood, traffic, horse drawn produce cart, woman looking out window, pedestrians, woman walking with children, children playing in street, women and child sitting on front steps of house, buses driving through tunnel, cattle being driven into pen, Shell Gas station, men drinking in bar, cat in window, pigeon, men playing bocce and cards, children playing on large piles of gravel and debris, men constructing fence to keep children out of lot, children angrily walking down street past another fence blocking off building being demolished, children getting ice cream from store and complaining to shop owner about construction, female customer who is UN interpreter explaining to children about importance of United Nations to them, temporary location of Secretariat Building in Long Island, temporary location of General Assembly in World’s Fair building in Flushing Meadows, Queens, Secretary-General of the United Nations Trygve Lie signing title for future site of UN headquarters provided by John D. Rockefeller III on behalf of his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., groundbreaking ceremony of United Nations headquarters, crowds gathered, brass band playing, Mayor William O’Dwyer giving speech, children and adults of various nationalities watching O’Dwyer speak, men, children and teenagers performing folk dances, engineer telling children in shop about UN headquarters development process, committee meeting with UN Secretary General Trygve Lie discussing plans with leading architect Wallace K. Harrison, international board of architects and engineers working together as team, children discussing and fighting over how they would design the space, team of architects and engineers led by Wallace K. Harrison meeting and discussing design plans to be symbol of peace and security, engineer explaining while drawings illustrate building spacing requirements of staff, General Assembly, council chambers, conference rooms, committee rooms and unknown space for future, surrounding sidewalks and streets, meeting of international team of architects including Le Corbusier, Oscar Niermeyer, Liang Sicheng, Liang Ssu-Cheng, Ernest Cormier, John Antoniades, architects and engineers discussing and sketching designs, model builder executing sketched design of General Assembly Building in clay, preliminary blueprints are designed, engineers drafting designs, team of architects led by Wallace K. Harrison discussing plan 42G of the design, buildings being demolished clearing way for construction, engineer pointing out locations to children, engineer talking with construction workers drinking at bar about demolition, construction workers using pickaxes, jackhammers, wrecking balls and blowtorches to tear down buildings, residents of buildings moving to new spaces provided by United Nations, children complaining about not being asked first about location, children going to temporary UN location at Lake Success to lodge complaint about their playground on 47th Street being taken away for new development, female UN staff member leading children on tour of temporary UN building, children sitting in on meeting of the International Children’s Emergency Fund in which Cuban delegate is speaking, boys listening to various language interpretations on headphones, female interpreter translating speech into Russian, children returning to store and voicing their approval of the project, demolition of buildings continuing with construction workers using excavator and wrecking ball, water towers being toppled down from roof, children and adults including engineer smiling as they watch demolition, large smoke stack being knocked down

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