Travel Bulletin

NYC ’s icon reimagined


New York City’s iconic Empire State Building has debuted the second phase of its top-to-bottom reimagined Observator­y Experience, opening to the public last month. The US$165 million project sees the museum as the only in NYC that almost never sleeps, remaining open seven days a week from 8am to 2am.

The 3,000m2 galleries invite guests on a journey from the building’s constructi­on to its current place in pop culture.

One of the exhibit’s highlights is the constructi­on display, where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the building of the icon.

The museum also features a King Kong display with the famous ape’s fingers bursting through the walls of a 1930s office.

Qantas recently announced the commenceme­nt of flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco, taking the airline’s Us-direct flights from the Queensland capital from one to three. The new routes will be operated by Qantas’ 787-9 Dreamliner and followed on from the US Department of Transporta­tion greenlight­ing QF’S joint business with American Airlines. Brisbane-san Francisco flights will begin 9 February next year and operate three times a week, while the Chicago operation will commence 20 April with four flights a week to the Illinois capital.

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