Event: Summer rooftop cocktails at The Met, September 22

Join Australian Women in New York on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for summer cocktails and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Enjoy the last licks of summer overlooking the city on a Friday night with the ladies. Plus, just opened is the “On Country” Exhibition of Australian Aboriginal Art, so come early to wander the exhibit before coming upstairs for a drink.

Event details

Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 5.30pm on the roof – bar closes at 8pm
Location: Cantor Roof Garden Bar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, Manhattan, New York 10028. Access the rooftop on the Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries.
Cost: Admission fee to the museum, plus cash bar for your own drinks. The museum has a suggested admission fee, but visitors are free to pay what they wish.
How to find us: Look for Cara in a blue dress near the entrance.
RSVP: Let us know you are coming on our Facebook event page.

See you there!

Join us for rooftop drinks
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What’s on in New York, August 2017

We hope you’ve been out enjoying the gorgeous Summer weather, surviving the school holidays and making the most of the (hopefully) quieter time at work to get out of the city. With only 47 days left of Summer its time to take advantage of the outdoors in August with Manhattan’s Summer Streets and The US Open just a few of the great events to check out with our AWNY wrap up below…

Enjoy! – The AWNY Communications Team

Every summer (and winter, for that matter), NYC Restaurant Week returns with dining deals at restaurants all across New York, more than 380 restaurants offer three-course pre-fixe dining deals for both lunch ($29) and dinner ($42). The summer session runs through Friday, August 18, 2017 reservations available here.

Summer Streets is back! On Saturday, August 12 and 19th between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike. Find out more here.

Don’t miss your chance to see major artists in shows devoted to Bollywood musicals, Eastern European and Central Asian folk music and dance, and West African and West Indian carnival culture at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on up until August 13.

Yet to make it to a Baseball game? The Subway Series is a series of  Major League Basketball games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets. Previously, this applied to the Giants and Dodgers as well, before they moved out of New York City. Every historic and current venue for such games has been accessible via the New York City Subway, hence the name of the series. So whether you’ve adopted Yankee blue or Mets orange or you’re just there for the hot dogs and beer, it’s sure to be a good day out at Citi Field between August 14-17.

Iconic Aussie rock bands Midnight Oil & The Living End team up for a show in Hells Kitchen on August 21st tickets available.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is returning to Governor’s Island on August 26 & 27. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails during incredible daylong jazz performances from Philadelphia’s prized Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, as well as singer-songwriter Queen Esther. Get a bunch of friends together and dress up in 1920’s attire for an unforgettable experience.

Tennis fan? Head to flushing and tick the US Open off your NYC bucket list! August 28 to September 10.

On August 28 join the AAA at the Brooklyn Brewery for ‘Science on Tap’ an evening of astronomy with astrophysicist, Nobel Prize laureate and ANU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Brian Schmidt, Assistant Deputy Associate Administrator and Deputy Program Manager, Space Communications and Navigation NASA HQ Philip Liebrecht and AMNH Associate Research Scientist, Lehman College Professor and Host/Writer of PBS Space Time Professor Matthew O’Dowd. Networking and meat pies by The Australian to follow the panel discussion.

Photo credit of Summer Streets: NYC-Arts.org

 

To Stephen; one of NYC’s many homeless people

to stephen

Written by Helen McWilliam

I didn’t know Stephen’s name until after he had died.  He always sat on the chairs near the Elephant Playground on the UWS of Manhattan.  We walked past him often as it is a favourite playground of my children.  I think I noticed him because he always looked so sad and I was struck by how young he was. I often thought about bringing him food, giving him money but I never made the time to do it.  Next time, I’ll bring him a sandwich.  Next time I’ll bring him a coffee.  I was so shocked when I saw a sign on the seat where he always sat, asking if anyone had any more information about who he was, because he had died.  It seemed many people had noticed the sad, young man on the park bench and didn’t want him to die anonymously.

 

Homeless people are a much rarer sight in Australia than they are in New York City.   I am a social worker so I am aware of the support and services available to homeless people in Australia.  To try and make myself feel better about having done nothing for Stephen, I wanted to see what I could have done for him.  After my internet search and without getting too bogged down in the depressing details, it is a huge issue for the city. Homelessness is at its highest level since the Great Depression. It doesn’t just affect the men and women you regularly see but many families as well.

 

Through my research I was hoping to find out what organisations recommended people do when they see homeless people on the street.  Obviously call 911 if you are seriously worried about a person sleeping rough and you think it’s a medical emergency.  In extreme weather you can call 311 if you’re concerned about someone and the responsible organisation is required to act quickly to check on the welfare of that person.

 

From what I read, organisations don’t actively encourage giving money or food/water to homeless people.  It won’t change their life however it may make their day easier.   I also discovered lots of amazing work being done by organisations in New York to support the city’s homeless population.    There’s outreach programs, food programs, crisis service and advocacy, to name a few.  Coincidently AWNY’s chosen charity this year ‘The Dwelling Place’ is one such organisation.  It is a transitional residence for homeless women, which works hard to maintain the dignity of the women and supports their transition back into the community.  Keep an eye on the AWNY website and AWNY updates as there’ll be volunteering opportunities for this charity later in the year.

 

The homeless situation in NYC will not be solved any time soon but in honour of Stephen, I now make an effort to give food or money to people when I feel I should. I know it won’t change their lives but a little kindness goes a long way. I now also make a regular donation to a charity I believe does worthwhile work which does make a difference in the long term.

 

If you’re interested, here are some links to some of the websites I found useful and interesting:

 

If you don’t want to give money, the Coalition for the Homeless has some really good information on their website, including a help card to print out and give to people begging so they know where to go for help.

 

Australians in New York Celebrate Summer with Picnic in Central Park [VIDEO]

Saturday June 24 was a sunny day in Central Park, New York, where 60 or so Aussies joined us for our second annual AWNY Picnic in the Park.

Take a peek at the fun we had in this video produced by Aussie, Emma Cillekens. Emma interviews some of our picnickers (including one American) along with AWNY Committee members who organized the event. Our President Belinda ‘BJ’ Jackson speaks about the benefits that Aussie social and cultural groups in New York like ours can bring.

In the words of Aussie woman in New York, Belinda Paladino:

You miss that feeling of home, and sort of, what you’re used to and what you know and sort of your identity. So when you can come across a group that can relate to you and understand you, as you are, I think that’s really refreshing.

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What’s On in New York, July 2017

We do hope your July 4th weekend is packing a punch so far. With some luck you’ve got today off work to make it an extra long weekend, and you’ve packed up the framily (friends+family=framily) and headed beach-side, lake-side, mountain-side or city-side with a drink in one hand and a sarnie in the other.

There is something unique about long weekends in New York, probably because we get relatively few of them. And when you’ve got a quiet moment, have a squizz at AWNY’s pick of events for July in New York, this weekend and beyond.

Enjoy! – The AWNY Communications Team

Strong stomach? Then Nathan’s 2017 Hotdog Eating Contest is on July 4th at Coney Island (at Nathan’s flagship store). It runs from 10am-2pm. Last year’s winner gulped 70 hotdogs in 10 minutes. Gross, but quite something to see. Plus, one of our own AWNY Committee Members, Tanya McCaw is on the judging panel!

If you’re anywhere near the east river on the night of the 4th, then don’t miss the Macy’s Day fireworks, scheduled to kick off about 9.20PM. They will be set off along the East River, with the best viewing points between Midtown and the South Street Seaport district. As always, get there early to grab a good spot.

The annual AAA Westpac Summer Cruise is on July 20th and tickets are on sale now for this fun event. Cruise the East and Hudson Rivers, sip cocktails, nibble fare from The Australian Hotel. Purchase your tickets and get all event info here.

AWNY’s July event is ‘Greekalicious,’ an intimate book talk with award winning chef and author Maria Bernardis. Ticket price of $35 includes light refreshments and a copy of Maria’s book, ‘My Greek Family Table.’ Visit the event page on the AAA website to secure your ticket.

The New York Musical Festival runs throughout July and there’s an incredible line up of performances to see at various locations around the city. This link has a calendar of all events, dates, and locations – hopefully there’s a show near you!

Get out and see a movie during the Summer Movie Series that runs throughout July on the flight deck at the Intrepid Museum. Tickets are free (first in best dressed set up) and if you’re a member of museum you get priority admission but as you’ll be sitting atop the aircraft-carrier-turned-museum there’s good visibility from all spots.

Governors Island! Get there in July. You can visit on your own schedule for a leisurely picnic and bike ride or for one of the fun events throughout July, including City of Water Day on July 15,  Come Out & Play on July 21 and 22 or the Poetry Festival on July 29 and 30.

Tame Impala, Vance Joy, Solange, and Nine Inch Nails are just some of the highlights at the Panorama Music Festival, Randall’s Island, on July 28-30. See the line up here and view ticket package options here.

Warm Up 2017 is MoMA PS1’s outdoor music festival and runs throughout July and August, and showcases the best in live and electronic music. Melbournians Superconscious Records perform on July 29. Note MoMA PS1 is in Long Island City, directions, info, line up all here.

Pic credit: Joanna Hishon