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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


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.  
N.Y by bike
The Cloisters

Where to stay in New York

Where to stay in New York
The Ritz-Carlton
Rising the curtains and looking into the green. Amidst Manhattan. That's possible in the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park. The elegant five star luxury hotel with 259 rooms and suites ranges among the classics of Manhattan's upscale hotel cosmos. The hotel does not only offer a - sometimes also spectacular - view on the Central Park. It's situated within spitting distance of 5th Avenue, the Broadway and the Rockefeller Center and houses the multi awarded BLT Market restaurant by Laurent Tourondel and - together with La Prairie at The Ritz-Carlton Spa - one of the city's first luxury spas (opened in 2002). Guests admire the French satin bed linen (Pratesi in the royal suites and Egyptian in the Cantral Park suite) and the selection of seven different cushions, marmoreal bathrooms, an exquisitely filled mini bar and of course all modern conveniences like WLAN or B&O systems in some of the suites. Both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler put the Ritz 2001 on their high score lists. Rooms starting from 795 dollars without, 895 dollars with view on the Central Park.
High Line Hotel
Mandarin Oriental

Where to shop in New York

Where to shop in New York
Century 21
Versace, Jil Sanders, Giorgio Armani - the fashion stars of the world are peacefully united at one place: at Century 21, the mega outlet at the Ground Zero which sells clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, lingerie, sun glasses and fragrances by international designers at discount prices for almost 50 years. In the five storeys of the outlet you have to be ruthless sometimes in a rummage table manner, which stands in contrast to the serious business conduct of the Financial District people in front of the shop's doors. But the scuffles for the pullover or the bag - which the housewife, baseball star and model in the same engaging way participate in - are not surprising as the pieces are cheaper between 40 and 65 per cent. It's cosier in the morning hours or in the Century 21 subsidiary in Brooklyn. The outlet in Manhattan opens its doors to shopaholics and bargain hunters at 7.45, on weekends at 10 o'clock or 11 o'clock, respectively. The store in Brooklyn opens at 10 on weekdays.
Haute Hippie
Bergdorf Goodman

Where to eat in New York

Where to eat in New York
Pearl & Ash
The Pearl & Ash on Bowery Street in New York is the new place for endless parties with sea creatures. The persons behind the concept? Chef Richard Kuo, general manager Branden McRill, and sommelier Patrick Cappiello. Together they throw maritime-themed parties in their restaurant. Richard Kuo - who previously cooked at wd~50, Corton and the Scandinavian-inspired Pop-ups Frej - now serves scallops, ray, octopus and tea-marinated salmon at Pearl & Ash. They come with Brussel sprouts and long beans. For dessert, he surprises with coffee parfait, Fernet Branca ice cream and sweet mini portions for the little appetite after the opulent meal. The cocktails are named after historical events of the area, yet, taste contemporary. All this is framed by wooden frames pinned to the walls, with motifs such as Kodak cameras (for taking pictures) or boxes filled with moss (rather for looking only). Typically New York!
Betony
Eataly

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