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Rendering/Reality: Government Fills Out East River Skyline

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Pop quiz: Name the nearly-completed Midtown skyscraper that nobody ever talks about. We'd tell you, but then we'd have to kill you. Actually, the Secret Service or some other shadowy organization would probably do the deed, because the new United States Mission to the United Nations building at 799 First Avenue has been known to harbor some sensitive secrets. Located across the street from the U.N. campus in Turtle Bay, the high-rise was designed by the firm of late architecture giant Charles Gwathmey. Security concerns led to a rather severe, fortress-like design, but hey, the Gwathmey Siegel gang delivered on what was promised, right? Click through the gallery for more looks, including the not-quite-ready glass atrium.
· Secret Secure Area in New Skyscraper Not So Secret Anymore [Curbed]
· United States Mission to the United Nations [Gwathmey Siegel]