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PM has Sunday coffee with Aussies in NY

AAP logoAAP 18/09/2016 Jennifer Rajca

In a 19th century New York church opposite Central Park you can hear a familiar - and unexpected - Australian accent.

As tour buses cruise down New York's Fifth Avenue and dogs are walked on a Sunday morning, Australian entrepreneurs wait at Bluestone Lane to meet Malcolm Turnbull.

The prime minister and his wife Lucy popped into the Upper East Side cafe owned by former AFL player Nick Stone on their second day in the Big Apple.

"It's beautiful coffee, congratulations," Mrs Turnbull said as she enjoyed her morning cup.

Offering an alternative to the Starbucks chain brew, Bluestone is one of several emerging Australian coffee houses in New York - complete with smashed avocado on toast and flat whites.

Mr Turnbull used the visit to the brunch hot-spot to speak to Australian entrepreneurs in technology and finance about innovating in New York.

Many came to America because they had access to the E-3 business visa that was part of the Australia-US free trade agreement under the Howard government.

The experience the young Australians gain in America, the connections they make and contacts they develop adds to the fortunes of Australia, Mr Turnbull later told reporters in Central Park.

"Not only will they transact more business between Australia and the United States but in due course they'll come back to Australia ... with all of that experience they've got," he said.

Among them was Ben Pasternak, a 16-year-old app designer who quit school, moved to New York and founded Flogg, a virtual marketplace.

"I was flattered to be included in the age group of that group but the only thing we had in common was that we're all older than him," Mr Turnbull remarked.

"He said you're all too old for this."

But the prime minister predicted he will up the 22-year-old age limit on his own app when he finally reaches it himself.

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