What’s On in New York May 2018

April showers and the long winter is behind us now, right?  Let’s hope so.  Knowing the smells and scorching heat of summer are approaching, the present moment spring season might just be your favourite?   For sure, the city blossoms in to spring fever with social engagements and the last hard slog at work and schools before the summer kicks in to tourist and vacation season.

Here’s what’s on in New York.

Firstly, there are 3 amazing events hosted by AWNY:

April 30, 10.15am AWNY’s Morning Tea at the Australian Consul General’s residence.  If you have a confirmed reservation and can’t make it for any reason, please contact Cara to ensure the next person on the waitlist can join us.

Please note the date change: Tuesday May 15, 6.30pm is AWNY’s Annual General Meeting at The Liberty NYC, 29 West 35th St, NY.  RSVP and complete the nomination form by Monday May 7.  New members and AWNY supporters, now is your time to step forward and solidify your connection with approximately fifty talented AWNY volunteers.  

May 21, 6.30pm is AWNY drinks and “Hair Styling Tips and Tricks for Busy New Yorkers” by Australian experts Prema Hair Salon, at 101 Stanton St, Lower East Side.  $15 and all welcome.


May 2, 3 (Preview), May 4, 5, 6 (Public) Frieze New York brings together 190 art galleries from 30 countries at Randall’s Island. 

May 3-6 Art Miami presents Art New York at Pier 94, 12th Ave at W 55th St with contemporary, modern, post-war and pop eras featuring paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design and sculpture.

May 5 is Cinco de Mayo, and The Liberty is turning 6 with a free Kentucky Derby event, complimentary mint juleps and drinks 1-5p.  Hotel Chantelle also celebrates sophisticated Derby Style after 4p and tickets are $20-$700.

May 6 STARZ launches Sweetbitter with Associate Producer Brad Pitt, in six half-hour series about a 22 yo woman coming of age – as she leaves Ohio and finds herself in NYC.

May 10, 6.30-8pm The Asia Society at 725 Park Avenue, hosts annual Australian Short Film Today with a reception following.  $12 tickets.

Any time, if you didn’t know it already, there are movie cinemas with spacious luxurious assigned seating – like iPic at Fulton Market at the South Street Seaport, where you can be served dinner at your seat; or Upper West Side’s AMC 84th Street, where the leather seats are spesh – just for the AWNY girls who are excited for Avengers coming out tonight.

May 16 New York’s crowd pleaser Summer Stage begins.  All five boroughs are in this year’s line up and Liam Gallagher, OAR, Trombone Shorty and Jason Mraz are on the list.

Thursday, May 17, 6.30-7.30pm Head over to the Lawn at 74th St in Riverside Park South for free yoga outside.  Bring a mat.  This is just a part of all the extensive free outdoor activities of Summer on the Hudson.

If you missed our Facebook post, Melbourne’s Jackie Alexander and Chris Koch have just opened their third immaculate Humming Puppy yoga studio at 119 West 23rd St.  Congratulations, it’s stunning.  AWNY ladies see for yourselves if this is your new home.

May 18-20 an Australian-Malaysian team will be performing an original play called ‘Thicker Than Water” at Joe’s Pub. Check out the trailer here – this is a startlingly relevant and timely look at the American Dream as seen through the eyes of those aspiring to come here, so very appropriate for our members. This is a limited run so get your tickets now.

May 23-28 marks Fleet Week.  Some of us can remember the fleshy dance floor scene from Sex and the City’s episode with Carrie and Louis from Louisiana.  Even 20 years later, it’s relevant.  In the week leading up to Memorial Day, the Intrepid, Piers and Terminals all have ships scheduled to come in.

Monday, May 28 will commemorate Memorial Day this year.  Apart from being the equivalent to our Anzac Day, remembering the veterans, it is also the official kick off for summer, where New Yorkers will start going out in droves to the Hamptons on the Cannonball or Jitney,  or start to investigate Secret Swimming Pools.

May 29 will kick off the consummate NY event Shakespeare in the Park.  Get on to that now, and enjoy all the city has to offer.

The season is ripe to love being in the metropolis.  Gather your new/old Aussie/New York friends and put some warm weather events in your calendars.

Written by Allison Jurjens








Author: Australian Women in New York

Australian Women in New York (AWNY) sources stories and guides that will help make you win the Big Apple. We also love to profile fabulous Aussie and Kiwi women.

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