It was my first visit to the United Nations building, and no doubt my last. Many times I had seen the forty-story, Le Corbusier-designed flat slab, but never had reason to go there. As we drove by taxi through the East River tunnel to Manhattan, I was reminded that Cuban exiles once launched a bazooka at the building to protest the presence of Che Guevara. That was in 1964—the good old days, one might almost say. The missile fell short and exploded in the East River. Guevara, a left-wing hero, was giving a speech at the time.
The New York Times reported:
A single shell from the bazooka, a portable rocket launcher used by the Army, arced across the river from Queens and fell harmlessly about 200 yards from the shore. The blast sent up a geyser of water and rattled windows in the U.N. headquarters just as Major Guevara, Havana’s Minister of Industry, was denouncing the United States.