International: Farewell to Success

In the empty corridors, the bilingual signboards, knocked askew by wreckers and furniture movers, crazily pointed the way to nowhere. In the big lounge where delegates from 60 nations had tirelessly argued—or tiredly tried to forget their arguments—scuffed and dusty furniture stood waiting for the auctioneer. After nearly five years, United Nations headquarters was moving away from its reconverted war plant at Lake Success and into its new steel and glass building in mid-Manhattan.

U.N.'s departure did not ruffle the little Long Island village whose hopeful name the U.N. had made famous in the far corners of the world. No ceremony...

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