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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

  • Currency: United States dollar (USD)
  • Language: English
  • Capital: Washington D. C.
  • Austrian flight destination: Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington D. C.
  • 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

Where to shop in New York

Where to shop in New York
Men beware! Drink a cup of coffee, surf the web on your iPhone or take a look at the men's shop Modern Anthology in Brooklyn! Because you won't see your women for the next few hours.   They lose themselves in between frill-blouses and flared pants, pencil- and wide skirts, platform shoes and bathing suits à la Marilyn Monroe. They deck themselves in long necklaces and beaded purses. Lastly they choose upholstered wing chairs for your living room and give your beds colourfully embroidered covers. How can you stop them from doing that? There is no chance as soon as they enter the described place of delight: Anthropologie. A rather high-priced vintage-mekka on four locations in New York, without the trashy fleamarket-touch. The trendy style (a little rustic, a little coquettish, a little feminine) whirrs somewhere between Laura Ashley and Accessorize. Only without bourgeoisie- and bitch-factor.   An advice for orientation: the four stores are located in SoHo, on 5th Avenue, in Chelsea Market and in the Rockefeller Center. 
Bergdorf Goodman
The Flea

Where to eat in New York

Where to eat in New York
A steaming pizza lies on the TV host's plate. A housewife puts a bottle of red wine into her shopping basket and a construction worker bites into his fresh Focaccia. This is everyday life in Eataly. The slow food supermarket with restaurants and cafes on 5th Avenue opposite of the Flatiron building has been the pilgrimage site for Italophile gourmets for almost a year now. Some eat on the spot (there are 5 restaurants at choice), others take a piece of Italy home or to work. Or you learn how to transform the fine Italian ingredients into pasta at home with Eataly's cook Lidia Bastianich. The Eataly concept in New York comes from the caterers Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Eataly-founder Oscar Farinetti, who also represents Eataly in Italy and Japan. From this summer onwards, Eataly guests will probably also have a few beers while looking at the wonderful skyline - La Birreria on the roof of the building is Eataly's newest addition. It follows the beer garden trend which is currently undertaking New York. Cheers! The supermarket is open daily. The restaurants as well. Opening hours vary.
The Upholstery
Pearl & Ash

Where to stay in New York

Where to stay in New York
Gramercy P. Hotel
Art defines the Gramercy Park Hotel. The rooms are adorned by works by Warhol, Basquiat, Hirst, Prince, Haring or Schnabel. In the bar actors and actresses like Scarlett Johansson or Philip Seymour Hoffman sip their cocktails.   Since its opening in 1929 the bohemian art scene has met in the Gramercy Park: Humphrey Bogart celebrated his wedding here, and also Babe Ruth came to enjoy on or two drinks. In former times, architect Stanfort White and author Edith Wharton lived on the property on which the house - designed by Robert T. Lyons - is situated. A few years ago, the building was refurbished by hotel expert Ian Schrager.   Wherever the hotel guest looks at, he will dive into the artistic glamour as soon as he awakes in his room - designed by Julian Schnabel and Maarten Baas - or finds himself drinking a Martini in the Rose Bar below Damien Hirst's painting. The exhibitions in the Gramercy alter at regular intervals. The decoration in the 185 rooms and suites, six of them specially designed, as well as the penthouse however remains. Rooms starting from 425 dollar.
Hôtel Americano
Mandarin Oriental

What to see in New York

What to see in New York
The Cloisters
The silence is untypical of the usually very noisy New York: Here in the garths of The Cloisters you see birds tweeting, daffodils blooming, arcades giving shade. The garths of The Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Fort Tryon park on Hudson River in Washington Heights, are open to the public daily (except Mondays), as a haven of tranquility and recreation. Everyday at 1pm there are guided garden tours.   The focus of the exhibitions in The Cloisters is the art and architecture of medieval Europe from the 12th to 15th century. The collection comprises roughly five thousand exhibits, including several ones from the time around 800 AD as well. The building itself is a mosaic of original parts of five French monasteries and an idea of the carver George Grey Barnard. In 1925, John D. Rockefeller bought Barnard's collection and donated it to the Met. Central show piece of the museum is the Mérode-altar of the Flemish painter Robert Campin. Admission: 20 Dollars. 
The Museum at FIT
Grand Central

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