What’s on in New York—October 2017

By Allison Jurjens

Settling back in to the swing of work and the city after summer “vacation”, we can at least still enjoy the mercy of warm weather – and a massive line up of events, from AWNY as well as all the city has to offer.  You could be out every night of the week and every weekend!

Here’s what’s on in October:

October 1 brings the Australian time change. If you are calling home, it’s the start of daylight saving – one hour forward Down Under.  Here in New York, we won’t be “falling back” until November 5, when the clocks go back at the end of Daylight Saving.  So currently there is a time zone difference of +14 hour in Sydney, but after the two changes, it will become +16 hours ahead in Sydney.

The changing of the seasons will bring some interesting adventures for those who like to travel outside the city and see the leaves change over these next few months.  Read all about it with AWNY’s Fall Foliage Tips.

Month-long Archtober celebrates architecture around Manhattan, Governors Island and the boroughs.  At least one building per day is highlighted by a tour – some old, revered, new, green, but all amazing in their own right.  Go to the website for tickets.

October 2 – AWNY joins together for a small group gathering to discuss the Emotional Transition of Moving to New York.  This evening event in Chelsea at 6.30pm will be a unique opportunity to explore the psychological issues amidst the thrill of the adventure.  On October 27 there will be the same event in the East Village at a 10am time slot. Get further info from our Facebook events pages here for the pm event and here for the am event.

October 3 – Get your ticket today for the 1.15pm tour with AWNY of the JP Morgan Museum and Library at 225 Madison Avenue.  Connect with the group for a coffee nearby after the event as well. All information and ticket details can be found on our Facebook event page here.

October 4 – Join our Australian friends for their free short film festival, Focus on Abilities, celebrating and supporting those with disabilities.  This Midtown West event promises to be a great night out with AWNY friends, though please do RSVP ahead for catering.

October 5 – Australian artist Jacinda Bayne presents Merging Landscapes Opening Reception from 6-8pm at Anderson Contemporary (180 Maiden Lane, New York). To RSVP, please click here. The exhibition is open to the public from October 6 – December 5, 2017.

October 6-8 – The Big Chocolate Show is over 5,000 chocolate fans, professionals, chefs, food editors and industry buyers gathering in Chelsea for the one indulgence that seems to unite the world. About 100 exhibitors are expected over a 3-day period to showcase their chocolate expertise and commitment to global cocoa sustainability.

October 12-15 – NYC WFF Wine and Food Festival. Tickets start at $100 and many are $350, but once you have your ticket, there’s nothing more to pay.

October 13-15 – NY Coffee Festival. America loves coffee and that can’t be argued. This Chelsea festival gives you access to unlimited cups of coffee, seminars and demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music, art exhibits, food and Coffee Masters NYC, the face-paced barista competition.

October 14-15 – Open House New York Weekend unlocks the most extraordinary buildings in NYC every October for an opportunity to meet people who design, build and preserve New York. Most sites during OHNY Weekend are Open Access and can be visited during open hours without reservations.

October 18-November 15 – The White Light Festival, based out of the Lincoln Center UWS, focuses on uplifting faith in humanity to inspire and design a better future. In over 12 luminous concerts, internationally acclaimed choirs will perform all 150 psalms as a part of The Psalms Experience.

October 19 –  The *GALA evening at the Dwelling Place* is the AWNY’s Charity Event of the year. Please click through for your ticket, and ensure you note “AUSSIE” in the registration to be seated with the AWNY group.

October 21 – Dogs in CostumeWith Halloween around the corner, the pooches get first cut in the largest dog costume parade in the world, held in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village from noon to 3 p.m.  Dress your dog in the most creative costume you can imagine and compete in a runway competition for a thousand dollars in prizes.

October 31 – Halloween!  The Village Halloween Parade runs up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street, and typically runs from 7-10.30pm. If you haven’t been, check the weather, get your full on costume together, grab a buddy and do it! If you have kids of any age, you must go out and join the American candy culture for a night. It is an experience you shouldn’t miss.  Almost every neighborhood can be good.  If you need a recommendation, hit the townhouses on the Upper East Side.

 

 

 

The Best New Aussie Restaurants in NYC

There’s a thriving Australian community in New York—and nowhere is it more apparent than the city’s dining scene. Want a good coffee? Find an Aussie café like Blue Stone Lane and you’re golden. Brunch? Antipodeans conquered it with avocado toast and flat whites—now on every breakfast menu. And while we’ll be forever loyal to stalwarts like Ruby’s and Flinders Lane, which did a bang-up job introducing New Yorkers to our culinary prowess (Outback Steakhouse is not Australian, people!), there’s a new bunch of Aussie-owned hotspots receiving rave reviews.

Here are some great places to check out:

BANTER
GREENWICH VILLAGE169 Sullivan St
This very good-looking newcomer originally opened as a café, but now offers a full dinner menu. Owned by two Aussies who met while working at iconic NYC café, Two Hands, there are plenty of healthy options, and the requisite avocado toast. Fun fact: a very well-known Condé Nast personality lives nearby, so you might get a celebrity spotting on the side.

Your favorite brunch spot is now open for DINNER! Full menu online at http://www.banternyc.com/bantermenu CRISPY SHRIMP SKEWERS 🤤

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THE FLOWER SHOP
LOWER EAST SIDE – 107 Eldridge St
It’s been variously described as looking like a 1970s living room, a grandma’s basement, and “a ‘Cheers’-type place”—so you know it’s gonna be great. The Flower Shop, owned by two Aussie expats and their American business partner, has a restaurant upstairs with a bar/lounge/pub hybrid downstairs. (And Tony Hawk—yes, that Tony Hawk—is an investor).

The table is set…. we are open for dinner from 5pm 🍽 visit the website for reservations (in bio) #seasonalspecials 🍷

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CHINESE TUXEDO
CHINATOWN – 5 Doyers St
Another Chinese restaurant in Chinatown? Yes, but this one is special. Opened in November 2016 and housed in a two-story former opera house, the restaurant focuses on contemporary Asian cuisine, with an Australian influence (it’s co-owned by expat restaurateur Eddy Buckingham, and the head chef used to work at Sydney eatery Ms. G’s).

Little small plates of heaven, from our new Fall menu dropping tomorrow! #tuxedoplates

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COCO & CRU
NOHO – 643 Broadway
You’ll recognize the kind of fresh and healthy fare we’re used to back home. And you’ll feel even more at home with the cheeky Vegemites-as-décor. The light-filled cafe has a fantastic casual menu, with an Aussie-inspired burger or two, and is open til 9pm every night. Look out for the “Made in USA With Aus Parts” sign.

How to Go Leaf Peeping

By Julia O’Brien

And just like that, summer is over.

In its place comes the transformative season of autumn – or, if you’re already Americanised, fall.

Unlike in most parts of Australia, New York treats its residents to four distinct seasons. Fall in New York (and the broader north-east coast of the United States) is spectacular and warrants some exploring to see the patchwork colours of the changing leaves.

Whether you only make it as far as Central Park, or head north to New England, becoming a leaf peeper (that’s an actual term) during fall is a wonderful experience you can’t replicate back home.

But to do it right does take some planning, so here are some tips to help you make the most of one of Mother Nature’s ultimate gifts.

Step One: Know When to Go

Every year is different, depending on what the weather’s been like, so your best bet is to keep an eye on one of the many fall foliage maps, which show when certain areas are hitting peak leaf peeping time. The further north you head (such as Maine and Vermont), the earlier the leaves change, and peak time can be as soon as mid-September. The further south you go, the later the change happens, and leaves can still be turning as late as November.

This September has been unseasonably warm and so the leaf peeping season is likely to run late. But many weather factors play into how intense the colours will be and how long the vivid leaves will be around.

Step Two: Plan Ahead

Leaf peeping is a popular activity, so sadly you’re not going to be the only one trying to catch a glimpse of the tress, especially when they hit peak colours. Crowds swell on weekends, making roads crowded and accommodation both expensive and hard to come by. Our tip is to make any reservations well in advance, and if you can, plan for a mid-week excursion to avoid the crowds.

Step Three: Pick Your Destination

Purists would argue that you need to visit New England to see the best leaves – but there are also plenty of places to go that are much more conveniently located to New York City. The New York Botanical Gardens has a vast collection of Maple Trees that are worth a visit, while Fort Tyron Park is a just a subway ride away and can be combined with a trip to the Met Cloisters. The Metro North also offers a number of discounted excursion packages to the Hudson Valley during fall. Why not combine your leaf peeping with some wine tasting for the best of both worlds?

If you’re willing to rent a car, then make a beeline for Kent, Connecticut. It will take you less than two hours to travel and there are plenty of photo-worthy red barns and white steeples to stop at along the way. Head to Kent Falls State Park for a picnic lunch and then pop in to the Kent Falls Brewing Co. for a hard-earned beer.

If you’re happy to drive a bit further, Arcadia National Park in Maine is pretty perfect. With Cadillac Mountain set against beaches and lakes, your friends will be begging you to stop posting all the leaf photos on Instagram. Stay in Bar Harbour – possibly the cutest and coolest town in New England.

Some of the best and most picturesque spots are off the major highways, so don’t be afraid to take a turn off every now and then and get a little bit lost.

Step Four: Eat all the Foods

It’s easy to get distracted by the leaves, but there’s plenty of food to be had and no time to waste. Fall is apple and pumpkin season and Americans certainly make the most of it. You’re going to come across plenty of apple cider, doughnuts, pies and crumbles (or cobblers), and you’re going to want to try it all! Make sure you stop at one of the many pick-your-own produce farms or a road-side market – you won’t regret it.

 

AWNY Launches Meet & Greet!

Interested in joining Australian Women in New York, but not sure how to get involved? Nervous about not knowing anyone? AWNY is a non-profit organization established to provide Australian women in New York a network to tap into. We are launching a new program called ‘Meet & Greet.’ 

The AWNY network receives lots of requests for advice about New York City, and every circumstance is a different. Meet & Greet gives you, as a new arrival to NYC, a friendly face to ask for advice, as well as a personal introduction to our network. Through Meet & Greet, one of our AWNY members will connect with you directly.

Contact us at AWNYconnect@aaanyc.org with a little information about yourself and what you’re interested in finding out more about (kids, career networking, food or music, etc.). This will help us match you up with one of our members, an Australian woman who has experienced what it is like to transition and navigate this city. Whether you’re new to the city or you just want more information about AWNY or simply are looking to meet other fellow Aussies, rest assured, your AWNY member through Meet & Greet will help you out! AWNY is here to help make your transition a little easier.

Come along to the launch of ‘Meet & Greet’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday September 22, 5.30pm for summer cocktails on the roof, overlooking Manhattan skyline. And wander around the just opened “On Country” Exhibition of Australian Aboriginal Art

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.

If this is your first event and you would like to connect with our Event Co-ordinator beforehand, please feel free to email Cara Zelas –cara@worldoflittledude.com

Any prospective member who attends drinks at the Met will have access to the Meet & Greet program. We look forward to welcoming everyone as we launch Meet & Greet at the Met!

See you there!

Faces of AWNY: Angela Tohl

Angela Tohl, originally from Adelaide, calls Brisbane home. She now resides in NYC with her beautiful family. Read on to find out her tips for thriving in NYC with kids!


Please start with some background about yourself
I came here 10 years ago in search of an adventure. Along the way, I unexpectedly met the love of my life, to whom I’m now married with two beautiful kids. So…mission well and truly accomplished.

Why did you move to NYC?
I was born in Adelaide, worked in Central Queensland and in Tokyo, Japan, prior to settling in Brisbane, which I consider to be my home in Australia.

A friend and I visited NYC for a holiday in 2005 and it felt as familiar as putting on an old pair of jeans. When I returned to Brisbane, I kept thinking “I wonder what it would be like to live and work in NYC?”. The E3 visa had recently been introduced in the US and I created a plan to secure a career opportunity over here.

Professionally, I’m a Project Manager specializing in business improvement, which I applied to Recruiting and Healthcare in NYC. My current role is as a mummy to two young sons, and my experience of managing relationships and being organized help me navigate our day-to-day adventures.

What’s your ‘only in New York’ moment?
In a Manhattan diner, I got chatting to a political scientist who serves at the United Nations. A few days later, I was sitting in on the UN General Assembly, courtesy of a visitor pass from my new acquaintance.

Where do you live, and why did you choose that area?
We moved from Murray Hill to Staten Island when my eldest son was an infant. He was already crawling by 4 months and we suspected he would benefit from more space. Our backyard is now the perfect sanctuary for two busy little boys, and I get to indulge my joy of gardening.

What do you like/dislike about your area?
I love the wide open spaces of Staten Island. We’re in walking distance to many parks and a short drive to the Greenbelt, where we often go hiking. The relaxed feel counters the frenetic pace of Manhattan. The downside is having to drive. I miss being able to walk everywhere.

What do you like/dislike about your neighbourhood (in general and for kids)?
There’s an abundance of activities for kids such as Wagner College STEM programs, the Staten Island Children’s Museum and Snug Harbour Botanical Gardens.

What’s a typical weekend for your family in NY?
Our weekends are a shambolic juggle of birthday parties and soccer for the kids, gym and going for a run for the parents. We regularly get a sitter for “date night” at local restaurants including Adobe Blues, Beans and Leaves Cafe, SIPS + MAKER.

What do you like most/least about having kids in NY?
I love the phenomenon of four seasons and the associated rituals. New Yorkers enthusiastically decorate their homes from Halloween to New Year. And snow… you really can’t beat snow as the ultimate fun activity for kids.

The City offers many free social services to kids, such as The New York Public Library story time and craft activities, NYC Early Intervention and NYC Parks Foundation Learn-to-Play programs.

I dislike the lack of mandated paid maternity leave, the mere 12 weeks of unpaid FMLA (for which only 50% of workplaces qualify), and the lack of work/life balance. I worked up until the two public holidays before giving birth, and developed pregnancy-related hypertension as a result. The US economy functions under a strong capitalist paradigm, but being a primary caregiver for the vulnerable (infant, seniors, sick and special needs individuals) is a relationship that most of us experience. To deny this aspect is to deny the human aspect of communities. Business success and recognizing the whole person are not mutually exclusive.

Funniest NY moment?
When I was 9 months’ pregnant with my second son, my husband badly injured his leg. At Trader Joe’s, I suggested he use the courtesy ride-on scooter. My then 4 year old eagerly jumped on Daddy’s lap to “help” drive. Despite a few near misses with other shoppers, I found the whole thing hilarious and thought I would spontaneously go into labor in the pasta aisle.

If any of your children were born in NY do you have any advice for going through pregnancy/birth over here?
Both my kids were born in NY. Australian women in NY often lack personal support, so I recommend seeking out practical support to suit your circumstances and preferences.

Birth can be very medicalized in the US. However, NYC also offers more natural options for pregnancy and birth. I found a birth doula invaluable for constant support throughout labor and delivery.

La Leche League meetings were fantastic for breastfeeding support. Baby-wearing saved my sanity and was the easiest way to get around Manhattan.

If you also have a job, how do you and your partner juggle work and kids?
I’m currently on career pause. When I resume paid work, I plan to target specific projects, incorporating a reduced schedule, so that I can excel in both employer and family commitments.

Any words of wisdom for people moving to NY with kids?
Be sure to attend to your own self-care as a parent. You are moving to (arguably) the most sophisticated city in the world with the inevitable scarcity mindset thrust upon you. However, your kids will still be happiest in the playground or with a cardboard box and with parents who are healthy and happy. Less is more. Keep it simple.

What do you like about being part of AWNY?
It’s so inspiring to contribute my skills within such a motivated and intelligent group of women.  The diversity of individual talent is phenomenal, and the power of collaboration is evident in the high calibre of support that AWNY provides to the Australian community within NYC.