The Consulate General
Greetings from Consul General Georg Heindl
As the new Austrian Consul General in New York I convey my greetings to
- All Austrians living in my consular area, who will be supported - if needed - by my team and myself
- All “Austrians at heart” who wish to remain connected to Austria
- All official representatives of the United States and the US-American civil society, with whom the Consulate General is co-operating
I have been a member of the Austrian Foreign Service since 1987. After being posted as the Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam from 2009 to 2013, I am happy to serve in another leadership position as the Austrian Consul General in New York.
Coming to New York also feels like returning home, because as a young boy I already had lived in this city from 1967 to 1970. Back then my father was head of the Austrian Cultural Institute.
My wife Neline, my children Matthias and Anna, and I are looking forward to a memorable and exciting time in New York.
I will do my utmost to represent the interests of Austria and the Austrians living in our consular area most effectively. Many Austrians contribute greatly to the economic, cultural, academic and social life in the United States. I see them as partners, who foster the ties between our two countries and to whom I want to give all possible support so that they can fulfill their roles even better.
Also, I will direct all my efforts to further strengthening and developing the cooperation with the US-American government and local civil society institutions, which my predecessors already have been building up successfully.
With heartfelt thanks to all those, who already are supporting me in my new job and to all those, who I am certain will do so in the future.
The Austrian Consulate General in New York
On our Website we want to provide important information about and around Austria and other important topics about and around the area of the jurisdiction of the Austrian Consulate General in New York which includes the US-States Connecticut, Illlinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin as well as the British Overseas Territory Bermuda.
Detailed information on further Austrian diplomatic and consular representations, on Austrian foreign policy, as well as on services offered for Austrians living abroad can be found on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
History of the building
East 69th Street between Madison and Park Avenue is lined with town houses that date to the beginning of the 20th century. The major redevelopment of this street occurred after 1910, when the New York Central railroad tracks on Park Avenue were completely covered over and a stretch of greenery created. Various old brownstone houses were bought up and either converted with new facades and interiors, or completely replaced with new buildings. The architectural style varies from neo-French classic to neo-Georgian. East 69th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenue was designated by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1981 as part of the Upper East Side Historic District.
31 East 69th Street was built from 1917–18 by the renowned architect C. P. H. Gilbert (1861–1952) for the paper manufacturer and bank official Augustus G. Paine, Jr. (1866–1947). Gilbert built a number of houses in New York and the surrounding area, including the Harry F. Sinclair House on 79th Street and Fifth Avenue, the Joseph Raphael De Lamar House on Madison Avenue and 37th Street (today the Polish Consulate General) and the Felix M. Warburg House on Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street (today the Jewish Museum of New York City).
The Paine family sold their house after the death of Augustus G. Paine, Jr. The Austrian Consulate General is based in the house since 1952, after moving from a number of locations in the city.
The Consulate General acts as a meeting point between Austria and the United States. The library is also used as a board room for round-table discussion panels and the drawing room as a salon for festive receptions. If you are interested in more information, please click here.