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

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

AWNY presents ice skating in the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Please arrive at 1.30pm to be fitted for skate hire.  We will be starting the merriment by the fountain near the 6th Ave entrance.

Feel free to dress in your most festive Christmas jumper and Santa hat (jingle bells are also strongly encouraged).

Fun for everyone; friends, children and partners welcome!

*Please note that there are no phones or photography allowed on the ice but AWNY volunteers will be around the rink to take snaps.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Address: Bryant Park
RSVP: Facebook Event
Cost: Free entry for all but $20.00 for skate hire – if you have your own skates, feel free to bring them!
Free lockers but $10.00 for a lock
Bag check for $15.00
Children’s penguin skate aid or $22.00 per hour



What’s On in New York, December 2017

The season is in full swing now – having had Halloween, then Thanksgiving, now we head full tilt to “The Holidays”.  New Yorkers say “Happy Holidays” to be respectful of everyone in this diverse community.  New York kids celebrate Hannakuh, Kwanzaa, and Christmas at school, complete with chorus songs for every occasion.

There’s a bunch going on around town, so make the most of it!

AWNY and associated events include:

Women of Letters evening Wednesday November 29, 6pm for 8pm start at City Winery.  A bunch of ladies have already signed up from the Mums and Dads subgroup.

Scanlan and Theodore’s Fall/Winter Fashion Shopping Event Tuesday December 5, 6pm.  Celebrate with Australia’s intelligent and creative designers in their brand new SoHo store. We’ll be joined by one of the label’s founders and guests will be treated to a private shopping experience showcasing their latest range, with champagne and a holiday gift.

AWNY’s Christmas Luncheon  Friday December 8, 12 noon.  Join friends, old or new, on the 30th Floor at the Club Metropolitan in midtown west for a cocktail on arrival and wonderful three course meal. $60 members $75 non-members (tax and tip included).

Mums and Dads Christmas dinner December 11, 7.30pm, RSVP through Mums and Dads Facebook event page or email At Coarse NYC Restaurant, 306 West 13th Street. $49 plus tax and tip.

TRIPLIGHT is a new musical by AWNY members Alexandra Collier (book & lyrics) and Greta Gertler Gold (music & lyrics). Directed by Meghan Finn.
In workshop at The Tank, NYC on December 8 at 2pm and December 9 at 8pm. Tickets:
Triplight follows Willow, a charismatic singer-songwriter and the sole survivor of a 90s indie rock band whose members were all tragically killed just when they were poised on the precipice of fame. Willow is stuck in the past but she’s forced to reemerge and repay her debts when a music DJ unearths her in a New York apartment – where only her ghosts keep her company. ​Triplight is an absurd, funny and dark musical that explores the knife-edge life of an artist, the perils of fame and one woman’s attempt to find her voice in a dying industry, with a score that fuses indie pop, rock and jazz. ​

American Australian Association’s Holiday Reception Monday December 11, 6-9pm at the Australian Consulate.

Around town, rock into the spirit despite the crowds.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City.  The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  Thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event, and millions watch it live across the globe.  The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.  Stop by for a drink and view at The Rainbow Room or visit Polo Bar.  I always find myself at the Lindt shop at 5th and 53rd to at least get some chocolate santas, if not bags and bags of the Lindt balls as gifts for all the people that end up on the list.  They always seem so well received, it’s just a habit now.

You can also get rentals for iceskating at Bryant Park,  Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District,  Lasker in Central Park north, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park and The Rink at Brookfield Place, down town.

In the same area, on Fifth Avenue, are Holiday window displays  at Saks, Tiffany’s, Bergdorfs, Barneys, Henri Bendel’s; and further afield, Bloomingdales and Macys, are also amazing to see.  Some people go every year because these windows are just over the top, and entertainment in themselves – as well as the people standing beside you.  Be warned though, every man and his dog are out there peak times, so choose your timing.

And of course, near to the Tree as well, is the world famous Rockettes at Radio City Hall. Take your guests or kids and be mesmerized by all the lights, glitter and Christmas charm.  You can have your photo taken before or after the show with Santa.  The actual show has The Rockettes dancing around, and tells a child-friendly Christmas story.  Buy a Christmas tree ornament on the way out, a nice gift or souvenir.

Looking for more crafty gifts (not from a department store)?  There are outdoor markets throughout the city.  See Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market  opening around 10 or 11am until 7 or 8pm every day until Christmas Eve.

union square

Union Square Holiday Market

At Carnegie Hall, NY Philharmonic tickets can be $300 for Handel’s Messiah mid December (if you can even still get tickets), but you can also get Oratorio Society seats from $28-$100 at Carnegie around December 18.  If you get tickets at Lincoln Center David Geffen Hall for December 9 you can be one of the 3,000 singing in the chorus.  St Thomas Church also has Messiah with their choir for less than $100.

If you have kids, please take them to the Holiday Train Show.  It is sincerely a real treat for everybody involved, and the Garden is such a nice place to be throughout the year.  It is one of the best family resources in the city.

December 28, 2017, 12-1pm is Good Riddance Day.  At Times Square, you can gather to let go the negative energy of whatever it was in 2017.  Shredit takes over at Times Square Plaza 46, 47 (Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets) to bring on the New Year with joy and freedom.

Times Square is of course, always host to the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop – where people come at 3pm to get a spot for a 6pm start, no public restrooms and freezing cold.  Be amongst the million there, or one of the billion plus people watching it on tv.   My personal favorite (like the Thanksgiving Parade) is to have a friend who has a view to the action – with a bathroom, and catered, even better.

For a view to what is happening for New Year’s Eve, start making plans now.  There’s a silent disco in Bushwick with Aussie Thomas Jack, NYE bike ride from Brooklyn to Belvedere Castle in Central Park, Fireworks at Prospect Park.  Be sure to have a transportation plan.  It is really hard to get around in the city in the cold, so plan ahead.  It’s a busy night.

And, as they say, stay warm!

What to Do When You Feel Homesick

It’s bound to happen. One minute, you’re loving New York to death and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. The next, a Facebook post of a faraway friend’s birthday dinner or a Crowded House song on a party playlist sends you into a spiral—suddenly all you want is sun, sand and a Bunnings’ sausage sizzle.

As an expat, a bout of homesickness now and then is to be expected. We’re a long way from home, and missing Australian friends, family and culture is totally normal.

Here are some things you can do in New York to get through it:

* Grab a coffee at an Aussie coffee shop. The coffee you get from the bagel shop down the street is just… fine. But it’s worth it to treat yourself to a properly made latte from an Aussie who knows their way around an espresso machine. Some recommendations for a Melbourne-style caffeine hit: Little Collins (Midtown East), Sweatshop (Williamsburg), Two Hands (Little Italy/TriBeCa), and Bluestone Lane cafes (all over the place).

Sunday morning swans 💙☕️✨

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* Listen to an Aussie podcast. Podcast fever has hit Down Under, and there are some stellar offerings that will keep you in the loop on what’s going on back home. Chats 10, Looks 3 from ABC journos Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales is fantastic. And, of course, you can’t go past Hamish & Andy.

* Find a beach. For those who grew up or lived on the coast, there’s something about being near the waves. While American beaches will always fall short of our sparkling white sand and aquamarine vistas, sometimes just a hit of fresh salty air and the sound of the ocean can help a lot.

Some inspo for your weekend adventures 🌊 from @_carlybrownphotography_

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* Have a roast dinner. When was the last time you had a good old Sunday roast? You could make it yourself… or you could gather some friends and go out. There are some great British pubs and restaurants that cater to Commonwealth tastes (and you might just score a Yorkshire pudding). Try The Churchill, Tea & Sympathy, or The Shakespeare in The William Hotel.

* Go to an AWNY or American Australian Association event. Know what’s better than being alone while you miss Australia? Being around other Australians! Having a good community around you goes a long way in helping to make a new city a home. It’s also great to be able to chat to people who understand your accent and your humour (with a u) and won’t snigger when you say the word “thongs”.

And finally – be thankful that we live in the age of FaceTime/Viber/WhatsApp and can call our loved ones back in Australia for free whenever we want!

Event: AWNY Christmas Lunch 2017

The silly season is almost upon us! You can’t run from it, so why not embrace it?

Join AWNY for our annual Christmas Lunch and welcome the holidays the right way: with a good meal, great company and lots of laughs.

We’ve secured a member’s only private dining room on the 30th floor at the Metropolitan Tower, where you will be greeted with a cocktail on arrival, followed by a delicious three-course meal. Oh, and did we mention the great company?

Event details:

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017
Time: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Location: Member’s only private dining room, booked under member “Berzack” – Club Metropolitan – 146 West 57th Street, 30th Floor
Cost: $60 for members | $75 for non-members
Included: 3 course meal, cocktail on arrival, tax and gratuity

Buy tickets

Places are limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up now!