red|guide Tipps: New York
EAT in New York: The Upholstery
In spring a cool rosé, in the summer a glass of white wine. In autumn a warm goulash and in the winter a cup of mulled wine: with his Upholstery Store Kurt Gutenbrunner from Wallsee brings a piece of Austria to New York. The puristically decorated wine bar with partly visible red-brick walls, dark furniture, black and white pictures on the walls and many wine bottles on the shelves is considered a hotspot in New York's after-work scene. The wines are from Austria and all over the world (Germany, France, Australia) and the snack menu features fine liver pâté as well as hearty Landjäger with mustard and horse radish. Gutenbrunner is big in New York's cooking scene. He runs the Wallsé with Viennese cuisine, the inn Blaue Gans, the Viennese turn-of-the-century-café Sabarsky and the Café Kristall.
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.
STAY in New York: High Line Hotel
You won't find Harry Potter or any wizards flying on their brooms in the recently opened The High Line Hotel in New York. Although some students in flowing capes would fit right into this Gothic building in Chelsea: built in 1895, original lead glass windows, pine tree floors and open fires. The furniture in the hotel - which used to be a seminary dorm - is way more comfortable than the one from the wizard's college described in J.K. Rowling's novels. The High Line park is right in front of the door and the galleries in Chelsea are a stone's throw away. While the hotel might seem to stem from a bygone era (vintage furniture, antique carpets, art hanging at the walls), you'll find lots of modern gimmicks from the 21st century: check-in via iPad, coffee by Intelligentsia from Chicago and the 300 square metre Hoffman Hall which is used for runway shows, photo shoots, weddings and cocktail receptions. But a magical flair remains: while standing in front of the two metres high fireplace in the wood-panelled room which used to be the cafeteria, it almost seems like a more mature and styled version of Harry Potter could turn the corner any second.
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.