Gotham Gazette

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Penny Abeywardena

Penny Abeywardena

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    (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayor's Office)

    For many New Yorkers, the annual wave of United Nations events, set to start again this week, can be a nightmare: jam-packed subways, bottlenecks on the FDR Drive, and crowded sidewalks that slow our steady gait to a maddening crawl.

    What most New Yorkers may not realize, however, is that hosting the UN boosts our economy, draws desirable traffic to local businesses, and elevates city diplomacy on the world stage — and that’s a boon for all of us.

    Since 1946, New York City has been the proud, permanent home to the UN and its