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When reading up on the United Nations on wikipedia, I noticed that Navy Island near Niagara falls was being considered at the time of the groups creation for it's location. I'm wondering what locations were considered outside of Manhattan, how seriously were they considered, and why was New York eventually chosen over them?

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The US paid for the building... – Dale Oct 24 '11 at 22:40
The most neutral place for the UN to be located would be Antarctica. Perhaps Canada or Greenland (1/2 way to Europe) would be more convenient locations. – Dale Oct 24 '11 at 22:44
@JoeHobbit US as most neutral place for UN... I hope you are being sarcastic. ;) – check123 Oct 25 '11 at 6:47
@MichaelF The US can hardly be considered a lead in the League of Nations, which it didn't even join. Wilson, the then US head of state, can be considered the father of the LN, but this does not extend to the country as a whole. – Gilles Oct 25 '11 at 19:58
@Dimitris - probably New York was considered the safest. Any army with the capability to successfully invade the USA pretty much makes the UN irrelevant. While Paris regularly got captured or threatened by it's neighbour – none Dec 13 '11 at 16:20
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On 10 December 1945, the Congress of the United States unanimously resolved to invite the United Nations to establish its permanent home in that country. Thereafter, the decision to locate the United Nations near New York City was made by the General Assembly at its first session, held in London on 14 February 1946.

During the latter half of 1946, following selection of the United States as host country, a special United Nations site committee studied possible locations in such places as Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco. While consideration was given at first to areas north of New York City, crowded Manhattan had not been seriously investigated. A last-minute offer of $8.5 million by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., for the purchase of the present site was accepted by a large majority of the General Assembly on 14 December 1946. New York City completed the site parcel by additional gifts of property.

The site chosen by the United Nations was a run-down area of slaughterhouses, light industry and a railroad barge landing.

Information taken from the United Nations Visitors Centre.

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But, what were the arguments used by proponents of the USA location proposal to sway the rest of General Assembly? – DVK Jan 26 '12 at 19:20
I don't know that there were any specific arguments. The US appears to have simnply been the first country to offer a permanent home. – Steven Drennon Jan 26 '12 at 19:29

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