Within what is known as the United Nations Plaza, this stretch of First Avenue gives way to Ralph Bunche Park, named for an American Peace Prize Laureate who mediated a compromise between Israel and Palestine. A massive granite wall at one end of the park, which contains the Peace One Monument in its center, is inscribed with the Old Testament words of the prophet Isaiah: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”
This tribute to the dream of a lasting peace between nations is accented by the impressive structure of the United Nations Headquarters just behind the park. Leading out of the park, which is overshadowed by the Tudors, New York’s first high-rise residence, are the Sharansky Steps, named for Israeli statesman Natan Sharansky.