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New York

New York
If you came to New York back in 1969 - the year Austrian Airlines flew across the Atlantic to America for the first time - a trip to the Big Apple really only meant one thing: a trip to Manhattan. Manhattan was the epicentre of the world back then. Cool, vital, a place promising adventure, discoveries and a glimpse into the future. One would smile knowingly about "bridge-and-tunnel people", who would come visiting the island from the other boroughs, as the different districts of NYC are known, via the bridge and tunnel. They didn't really belang to the city.

Come to New York in 2018, though, nearly 50 years later, and you may well be tempted not to bother with Manhattan at all. Manhattan has got slightly boring. Much of what made it so mind-blowing has moved to Brooklyn in recent years. The creative types who keep New York's art scene moving; the hipsters who know where it' s at. The restaurants and cafes, trendy boutiques and wild clubs. While Manhattan is transformed into an island of the rich and a vast, glittering shopping mall, in Brooklyn you can still experience what was once so prized about the traditional centre: the energy, announcements of new trends, the desire for discoveries. Take a walk along Bedford Avenue on a Saturday or Sunday. You'll soon see what we mean.

Brooklyn is more than just Hipster Central, however. When visiting, you'l1 find everything you need here for an exciting city trip. Great museums, like the Brooklyn Museum. Bistros, gastropubs and farm-to­table restaurants like the classic Marlow & Sons. The Wythe Hotel, whose Reynard Restaurant and ldes Rooftop Bar are meeting points for the creative scene. Other boroughs have also become more desirable. Queens, for example. Two years ago, Queens was named "most important American destination of the year" by travel portal Lonely Planet. Those with an interest in art can visit PS 1, a satellite of the Museum of Modem Art that shows art potentially too modern or unusual even for that daring institution. Above all, though, Queens is the proverbial "melting pot", where you walk through Greek and Polish districts, then West African and Indian. That' s New York.

The Staten Island Ferry alone is reason enough for a day-trip to Staten Island, the island south of Manhattan. Not just for the view of the Statue of Liberty from the ferry, but also because the borough itself is worth a visit. Staten Island is quiet and peaceful, and has retained its suburban character. And that's a rather different New York.

Austrian Airlines flew from Vienna to New York for the first time on 1 April 1969. The American metrapolis was Austrian's first lang-haul destination, and the raute was ffown by a chartered Boeing 707, with a stopover in Brussels . The ff ight service was discontinued after two years. In 1989 the raute was opened again, using Austrian's own aircraft. Today Austrian serves the two New York airports of JFK and Newark, up to twice a day.

New York, the city that never sleeps. If you are into city-life, flashing lights, noise, activity and the metropolis feeling: New York is the place to be.

If you fly with Austrian Airlines to New York you can enjoy a show on Broadway, ride in a horse-and-carriage in Central Park, visit the Statue of Liberty, enjoy the outstanding view at the top of the 102-storey Empire State Building or simply grab a coffee and stroll downtown. Don't forget to have a bagel and some cheesecake, something that the city is famous for!

New York, the most populated US city, boasts not only touristy activities which are all too familiar and famous to the world, but can show you that city life is not just like in the movies. A cruise around Manhattan island or even a day trip to Long Island are also highlights that New York offers.

Worth knowing

USA
  • Currency: United States dollar(USD)
  • Language: English
  • Capital: Washington D. C.
  • Austrian flight destination: Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington D. C.
Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): The airport is located 24 km (15 miles) southeast of Manhattan.
  • Address: Jamaica, New York, NY 11430, United States
  • Telephone: (1) (718) 244 4444
  • Airport New York You will be directed to a possibly non-accessible site. Take care. Be careful.


Where to stay in New York

Where to stay in New York
Chambers
You won't find any chambers at the stylish Chambers in New York, but art in all forms imaginable. The 77 rooms and suites as well as the common areas in the 14-floor hotel in the Fifth Avenue Fashion and Commerce district are adorned by 500 original artworks from the fields of fine arts, literature, fashion and film. Generally each floor has its own installation, for example by John Waters, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sheila Pepe or John Newsom. Moma, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are just around the corner. How convenient, if you think about the fact that some of the pieces at Chambers directly come from the surrounding museums and galleries. And of course if you're looking for even more culture. But that's not particularly necessary since you'll stumble across humorous, inspiring and provocative art in Chambers on west 56th Street anyway. These come from international artists that use Chambers as a platform to become more known.
Gansevoort Hotel
Andaz 5th Avenue

Where to shop in New York

Where to shop in New York
Abc Carpet & Home
In the six-storied furniture store on Broadway 888 the carpets pile up on the wooden floor, the glasses are densely packed in metal racks - everything in high rooms and under large chandeliers. In between: couples strolling around with their personal shopper searching for the perfect mirror for the loft or the organic bed linen for the bedroom. Yuppies on the hunt for a new couch or moneyed grey-haired ladies on a stroll through the tableware-department. In the branch on the opposite side of the street on Broadway 881: carpets of every kind and size on three floors. Old or new, design or antique. The deeper the buyer probes into the store, the more favourable the carpet gets. In the basement there's a constant clearance sale. Abc Carpet & Home has devoted itself with its products to sustainability. Special icons make the buyer aware of the source of the material and the way of manufacturing. Not to be neglected: the Abc Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant in the mega furniture store. 
Marketplace
Haute Hippie

What to see in New York

What to see in New York
Grand Central
The way to a man's heart is through his stomach - in the Grand Central Oyster Bar. At lunchtime workers, actors and tourists are standing in queues that almost reach to the platforms. All of them have one common goal: get a place at the counter under the waffle-slab ceiling and slurp some fresh oysters. The offer includes up to thirty different and alternating sorts of oysters daily. Then there is the Oyster Ramp close to the bar. A young couple is standing there in opposite corners of the Whispering Gallery and whispers oaths of love against the wall. That's nothing unusual as the room is constructed in a way that the reverberation of the words are transported into the other corner - without cell phone or facebook. And speaking of love: the Kissing Room of the Grand Central Station, officially entitled Biltmore Room, served as a connection point for the 20th Century Limited Trains until 1967. It connected New York with Chicago and transported known personalities and politicians. Reunion and kissing scenes at the arrival were common practice.  
The Museum at FIT
Whitney Museum

Where to eat in New York

Where to eat in New York
Spice Market
Paul Bocuse ranges among his teachers. Bangkok, Sinapore and Hong Kong range among his stations. Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the name of the Alsation celebrity cook who's been busy in New York as well. His restaurant: the Spice Market in the Meatpacking district. Since 2004 he serves South East Asian street dishes in the style of Thai and Vietnamese cookshops. The guests dine on two floors, surrounded by a wild mixture of artefacts from India, Burma, Malaysia, China and Thailand and tasty morsels continuously arrive at the table. Jacques Garcia was responsible for the design of this huge restaurant (comparable to a bus station). The French architect transports the guests with pagodas and colonial bespoke furniture into a distant world. A strong contrast to the New York peachiness of the Meatpacking District where hipsters shop at Stella McCartney or jog in the High Line Park.
The Upholstery
Eataly

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