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Tim Richards was assisted on the ground by

Air Canada begins direct flights fromBrisbane to Vancouver

from 3 June with its non-stop B787 Dreamliner service opening

up a new gateway to North America. FromVancouver Air

Canada provides onward connections to more than 100 cities in

Canada and the US, including NewYork City via Newark Airport.

For flight information see

about the writers, the artists, the drinkers and the thinkers”. It’s an

entertaining and inspirational afternoon, punctuated with beer breaks,

that will have you revising your library list. Tour departs 1pm Saturdays,

fee US$20. See


Everyone knows that Williamsburg is the hipster heart of Brooklyn,

across the East River from Manhattan. The problem is, the district has

become so popular that it’s lost its edge. Where to go?

East – to the district known as Bushwick. Still a patchwork of

residential neighbourhoods, light industrial zones and commercial

strips, this area is now attracting arty types priced out of Williamsburg.

The result is a fascinating ’hood dotted with street art, cool eateries and

cutting-edge bars and shops.

Catch the L train to the Morgan Avenue subway station to check

out the artist’s studios within the BogArt building at 56 Bogart St


); locally made clothing and art at Better than Jam

at 20 Grattan St


); the wood-fired pizzas of

Roberta’s at 261 Moore St


); and the contemporary

cocktails of Tutu’s at 25 Bogart St


. Walk along

Wyckoff Avenue to enjoy great coffee at Wyckoff Starr, 30 Wyckoff



) and authentic Mexican food

at budget taco outlet Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, 271 Starr St.

Finish the day at Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Ave (www.north-

), a restaurant which specialises in dishes created from

locally-grown (sometimes foraged) ingredients.


They say two things are certain – death and taxes. This Brooklyn

institution, within a former nightclub in the gritty Gowanus district,

is devoted to the former. Founded in 2014, its collections focus on

funerary art and other “intersections of death and beauty”.

So far it’s hosted exhibitions of historic anatomical waxworks, death

masks, biological curiosities under glass and magicians who claimed to

contact the spirit world. There’s always something interesting on display.

Visitors can also browse the well-stocked library with its many

volumes exploring esoteric subjects and even have a snack and a drink at

the café on the ground floor. After all, you only live once. At 424 Third

Ave, Brooklyn, admission US$8. See


To the north of Brooklyn is Queens, a somewhat overlooked part of

NYC. However, this borough contains some gems such as the Queens

Museum. Refurbished and reopened in 2013, this art gallery and

museum is housed within one of the few buildings left over from the

1939 New York World’s Fair. Around it stretches Flushing Meadows-

Corona Park, reached via the Mets-Willets Point station on the 7

subway line. This sprawling green swathe was home to both the 1939

and 1964 World’s Fairs, and a remnant of the latter is the impressive

Unisphere sculpture, a steel globe of the world in a pool outside the


Inside its walls is an eclectic collection of Tiffany lamps, along with

contemporary art. What’s of most interest, though, is the collection of

memorabilia from the World’s Fairs and the Panorama of the City of

New York, left in place from the 1964 fair.

The Panorama is a huge architectural model of New York City,

spread across almost 900 square metres of floor space which is regularly

updated. Visitors can inspect its 900,000 model buildings from glass

walkways high above. At New York City Building, Flushing Meadows

Corona Park, entry US$8. See

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story; NYC skyline from Long Island; Z Hotel’s shuttle bus ferries

guests toManhattan; Morbid Anatomy Museum is a hidden gem

in Brooklyn; Bluestone Lane’s ‘heavenly’ café on the Upper East

Side; the literary pub crawl starts from theWhite Horse Tavern in

Greenwich Village; the Unisphere outsideQueens Museum.