Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping Event, SoHo

The rain and wet of the night did not put a damper on the stunning inspirational designs from Scanlan Theodore in their spacious new store at 117 Prince Street in SoHo, New York.

About 35 ladies from Australian Women in New York joined together with Melinda Robertson, co-owner of Scanlan Theodore, to shop and celebrate the new space and see first hand the exciting expansion in to New York City.

From earnestly soft shearlings, and Toscana capes to the travel-easy crepe knit full selection of dresses and skirts and jackets, the night was filled with delightful possibilities.  Work and leisure dresses seemed to be the order of the evening, although the sweaters, pants, boots and bags were seriously contemplated.  The good news is, if you missed the champagne last night, the store complete with staff – each more beautiful and service oriented than the next, will be here for you any time you make your time to go and take a look.

We wish Scanlan Theodore abundant prosperity here in Manhattan, and thank you for taking such good care of the ladies of AWNY!  Our closets thank you for making it happen.

For online shopping, see  Our ladies found a lot of dresses for the office and leisure in the most comfortable of fabrics, their crepe knit

Australia Day 2017

Ah yes, it’s time to celebrate our national day again and Australia Day in New York is great fun! This year it falls on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 and there are some wonderful celebrations and festivities in and around the city for you to join.

The American Australian Association’s Annual Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 20th at Cipriani Wall Street and will be a fun and glamorous night out.

The American Australian Association and G’day USA have a luncheon on Monday 23rd January, from 12pm to 2pm with a presentation by The Hon Steven Ciobo, MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, on ‘The Importance of Australia for U.S. Companies Pivoting to Asia’. Click here for tickets.

Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy present an Australia Day Party on Sunday, January 22nd from 3-8pm at Jimmy At the James Hotel – 27 Grand Street, New York. Note there is limited capacity, and in lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person). All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats.

The Australian – 20 West 38th Street, New York – will be celebrating on Wednesday 25th January from 8pm till late and will play the Hottest 100 live. And, again on Thursday 26th January from 11am till late there will be more Triple J’s Hottest 100 + Live Music, plus $1 off all Coopers. Door charge from 4pm.

New York Magpies Australia Day Party is on Friday 27th of January at 8pm at Professor Thom’s – 219 2nd Ave, New York – $15 at the door or $10 tickets online here.

Bensons – 181 Essex St (Corner of Houston) New York – are celebrating on Tuesday January 25th, where the Aussie Meetup Group will be there from 7pm for the Hottest 100 party and Benson’s will be serving Coopers on tap. There will be another Australia Day party from 6pm on January 26th where Bensons will serve up their classic sausage sizzle PLUS fairy bread.

Burke & Wills – 226 W 79th Street, New York – on Thursday 26th January there will be a 5-course special dinner menu with pairing of all Australian wine. Reservations Required. Call 646 823 9251 or email

Flinders Lane – 162 Avenue A, New York – on Thursday 26th January there will be a special four course tasting menu for $50 per person. Australian Kingfish Sashimi Finger Lime, Citrus Ponzu, Crispy Taro Salt & Pepper Prawns Sesame Dressing, Grilled Lime Braised Victorian Beef Cheek Truffle Mash, Almond-Parley Salad Passionfruit & Mango Pavlova Vanilla Whipped Cream (drinks/tax/gratuity not included). Reservations Required.

Four’n Twenty pies – will be doing a special drop-off near McCarren Park, Brooklyn on Saturday 21st January, so get your orders in now!

Bluestone Lane is offering Mates Rates to all Aussie locals on Thursday 26th January across both Bluestone Lane cafe and coffee shops. Cafes are offering $5 Australian beer and wine by glass as well as serving up warm Sausage Rolls and Meat Pies all day.  Coffee shops are offering $2 flat whites and pastries including our delicious Aussie lamington and caramel slice. Also, to keep the Australian cheekiness, be the first to bare your ‘budgie smugglers’ on Australia Day and they’ll give you a free coffee every day for a month. Sounds like a great deal!

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar – 251 Church St, TriBeCa – is having a Aussie shin-dig on Thursday 26th January with treats like wedges with sour cream & sweet chilli sauce, buckets o’ prawns, sausage rolls, lamb ribs, chicken parmies and pavlovas all washed down with ice-cold sweet selfish Coopers Green & Red ales. Email for bookings.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria – are celebrating on Thursday 26th January with happy hour from 5-11pm: $4 Koala Lager, $5 draught beers, $5 wines & $5 cocktails all night. You will not go hungry with a great list of Aussie food available including homemade mini meat pies, sausage rolls, chicken parma & barramundi. For those with a sweet tooth you can enjoy pavlova, lamingtons, caramel slices & sticky date pudding.

Northern Territory – 12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn – will be celebrating on Thursday 26th January with Cooper’s Beer and food specials as well as playing the Triple J countdown and the Australian Tennis Open will be showing.


And if you are in the mood for shopping, celebrate Australia Day with R.M.Williams in New York who are offering 20% off throughout the store for AAA and AWNY members Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th inclusive. Coffee house Bluestone Lane will be offering an assortment of beverages at a pop-up station on Australia Day only, so go and visit R.M. Williams at 152 Spring Street (between West Broadway and Wooster).


In the meantime watch this year’s Lamb commercial aimed at celebrating diversity, and have a fantastic Australia Day in New York!

Cafe Review: Taylor St. Baristas



A big congratulations to the Aussie sibling trio on the opening of their first cafe/ restaurant in the USA, following success in London. And where better to strike a spark than here in the Big Apple?

Nick, Andrew and Laura grew up on Taylor Street in Sydney – hence the namesake. Later on in life their family migrated to London and, while there, they shared a common quest to find “Australian quality” coffee in the UK. This search turned out to be a surprising challenge and inspired them to team together and open their own coffee bar in the back of a supermarket store. It was a huge success and they were soon to launch out on their own . They currently celebrate nine Taylor St. locations throughout London.

Their friend and partner Richard Shaer is ensuring the New York chapter is a success with his passion for the company and personal conviction that genuine warmth and hospitality are essential ingredients.

I first heard about Taylor St. when the lovely Gemma Collins posted a request for submissions for Australian artists for the cafe on Facebook before they had even paddled across the pond. It is always so encouraging when a fellow Aussie offers support like this. Of course, as an artist based in New York, I jumped at the opportunity and set up a time to meet Gemma just two days after I had returned from a Summer vacation in Florence. I only mention this because my head was still spinning from the exquisite eating experience that had been part of my everyday in Italy for the previous 2 weeks so, needless to say, my expectations were high and they were more than met.

After a beaming welcome from Gemma and a quick tour of available wall space for art, I was escorted upstairs to the mezzanine level which hosts a full service kitchen and serves an à la carte menu. Individual tables circle two longer, wooden communal tables and I chose the latter. Hospitality abounds here and as soon as I could blink I was offered a beverage choice and the menu.

Those who know me well know that I am a sucker for a decent “Brekkie Sanga”.  This sandwich menu item read: eggs, smoked cheddar, bacon, and roast tomato. I couldn’t resist. Needless to say it has nudged its way into my number one brekkie sanga vote of all time.

Taylor St Baristas Brekkie Sanga

After my first bite, and as if to read my mind, Gemma inquired if I would like to spice it up a little and voila – a housemade concoction called Trini Hot Sauce made by the general manager herself, Damaris from Trinidad, was on offer. It was pitch perfect adding a zing that brings excitement without dominating the other subtle flavors. As I devoured this I took note of each enticing plate pouring out from the kitchen.

Taylor St Baristas team

On my next visit, I will choose between “The Tower”, avocado smash on toast with smoked salmon, poached eggs and lemon; or the “Meatball Sandwich” with preserved lemon and yogurt. For those with a sweeter tooth, the “Ricotta Hotcakes” with pickled and fresh strawberries looked divine. Quite frankly I could work my way through the entire menu and I might just do that!

This cafe was put together with care and thought. An eclectic collection of handpicked antique sugar bowls adorn each table with small glass vases housing wild sprigs. The attention to detail is evident and the design chic, yet I still have the feeling that I am sitting in someone’s home kitchen. After chatting with Richard further, I discover that this feeling is an intentional aim of the team. Regulars know the baristas by name and Taylor St. offers every fifth coffee for free, served in the Aussie spirit of “It’s the end of the week mate, have one on the house” as opposed to a formal loyalty tick box feel.

So let’s rally behind this dynamic team and stop by for a treat – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. They are open Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm. Don’t forget to download their app and enjoy your first coffee as a welcome pressie.

Taylor St. Baristas are in New York at 285 Madison Ave (entrance on 40th Street, between Madison and Park).  You can also find them on the webFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Taylor St Baristas Jacinta Stewart Seascapes paintings


Featured image photo credit: Taylor St. Madison Instagram

Photo credit: Miriam Grundy

Everywhen: Australian Indigenous art takes center stage in Boston

Written by AWNY Committee Member, Miriam Grundy.


AWNY is excited to share that the biggest exhibition in 25 years of contemporary Australian Indigenous art has opened at the Harvard Art Museums, Boston, and is on display through September 18, 2016.

American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia is supporting the upcoming exhibition Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia.

An exhibition of this scope has not been seen in the United States since the seminal Dreamings exhibition, held at the Asia Society, New York City in 1988. Often cited as the event that introduced American collectors to Australian Indigenous art, Everywhen will be just as significant in introducing a new generation of audiences to what Australian art critic, Robert Hughes described as the ‘last great art movement of the 20th Century’.

The exhibition features more than 70 works of varying scale and media, drawn from public and private collections in Australia and the United States, including important artworks from the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous collection.

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Australia Day 2016

Australia Day in New York is great fun! This year it falls on Tuesday, January 26th and there is a great selection below of celebrations and festivities in and around the city for you to join.

In the meantime – here is this year’s Lamb commercial  aimed at bringing Ex-Pats Home!

The American Australian Association Annual Australia Day Black Tie Gala – is on Friday, January 22nd at Cipriani Wall Street. Tickets available here.

The Australian – 20 West 38th Street, New York
Tuesday 26 Jan. 11am till late – Triple J’s Hottest 100 + Live Music
$1 off all Coopers & Door Charge from 4pm.

Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy – Event present an Australia Day Party on Sunday, January 24. 3-8pm at Jimmy At the James Hotel – 27 Grand Street, New York – LIMITED CAPACITY
In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats.

The Liberty – 29 West 35th St, Midtown
New York Magpies Australia Day Party Location: Saturday 24th of January $20 tickets at the door or online at here.
First 100 people to arrive will get a taste of Australia by receiving a Crunchie, Cherry Ripe or Twirl.
We’ll have a table tennis table for an Australian Open theme. Grand prize TBD.

Burke & Wills – 226 W 79th Street, New York
Tuesday 26 Jan – 5-course special dinner menu with all Australian wine pairing Reservations Required. Call 646 823 9251 or email

Flinders Lane162 Avenue A, New York
Tuesday 26 Jan. – Special 3-course menu $60pp (drink/tax/gratuity not included). Reservations Required.

Bensons – 181 Essex St (Corner of Houston) New York
Tuesday 26th – 6:30pm – The Australian Meetup Group are holding a drinks meetup.

Northern Territory12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Tuesday 26 Jan. 4pm-late – $3 Coopers Pints, Triple J Hot 100 & Coopers Prizes Giveaways

The Thirsty Koala35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Sunday 24 Jan. 8-11pm – Australian Specialties & Coopers Promotions!

The Randolph NYC at Broome – 349 Broome Street, New York
Tuesday 26th from 7pm with complimentary sausage rolls!

Bluestone Lane will have Pies & Sausage Rolls all weekend – Various locations

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