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, May 2017

April showers (haven’t we had plenty of those?!?) head us into a warmer May. Before you know it, Summer will be here with all the heat and humidity anyone would want to consume in the concrete jungle that is New York. For some of us we’ll also be experiencing the joy of nearly three months of school holiday (10 weeks for public school kids!).

You can’t deny this time of year brings a renewed energy, and these next couple of months are really the very best of New York City, with outdoor fun, amazing weather, and rooftop bars. Here is AWNY’s list of the top things to do in May, and we hope to see you at one of the AWNY events too!

– curated by the AWNY Communications Team

AWNY Spring Drinks Mixer is on May 22. This annual social evening is a great way to meet new AWNY friends, catch up with old ones, and see in the warmer month, cocktail in hand. The event will be held at Chinese Tuxedo this year, a fabulous venue in Chinatown with a big Aussie influence. Cash bar (no need to purchase tix) and we encourage you to stay for dinner and enjoy Sydney Chef Paul Donnelly (previously of Mrs G’s). RSVP to

May 1-7 is NY Burger Week. Does anywhere in the world do burgers better than NYC? So expect the best of the best. Many venues are participating, check out the list and get tickets and info here. The week ends with Sunday’s Boozy Burger Brunch.

Rooftop Cinema Club starts now until September where you can purchase regular seats or “love seats” on the roof of YOTEL New York, 570 10th Avenue. May 4th showing of Annie Hall is already sold out $33-$39, but there are some absolute classics you won’t want to miss for fun with bubbles and popcorn on your deck chair.

If you want free movies, Bryant Park will be hosting Friday evenings commencing May 12.  They provide free blankets, lawn games and food for purchase, plus the park runs Tai Chi classes 7.30am-8.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Fountain Terrace. Juggling is there on a regular basis, as well as Wednesday night dance parties.  Have a look at their calendar here.

May 7 take note if you’re driving in the city on this day. 32,000 cyclists of all skill levels come from around the world for the TD Five Borough Bike Tour to roll 40 miles through every borough of New York City on streets totally free of cars. Standard and VIP Registration is sold out, but you can still  ride on behalf of one of the Charity Partners. Click here to learn more. End up at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island for music, entertainment, food and drinks. Here’s a printable map.  

Don’t forget on May 14, it’s Mother’s Day Mums, be sure to put your orders in for spas in NYC for a relaxing day, best restaurants in NYC , the best shops in NYC for gifts, or flower shops for the perfect bouquet— spoil your mum, or be spoilt!

May 13 – 21 Grug and the Rainbow a children’s show brought to us by The Windmill Theatre in Adelaide will be at The New Victory Theatre in 42nd Street.

May 16 is the Australian Short Film Festival at The Asia Society.

May 25, 2017 Billy Joel is playing at Madison Square Garden.  Check out ticket info here.

What New Yorkers recognize as the beginning of summer is Monday May 29: 2017 Memorial Day. You’ve earned a day off, so get out of the city if you can for a long weekend, or go to the Parade. On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. This national holiday was born after the Civil War in remembrance of fallen servicemen and women. 149th Brooklyn’s Kings County Memorial Day Parade kicks off on May 29 at 11am at 78th St and Third Ave, marching up to Fourth Ave and ends at John Paul Jones Park at 101st for the memorial service. Local service organizations march in the parade, followed by a 21 gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton.

It is no coincidence that Fleet Week overlaps with Memorial Day weekend so don’t forget to rub shoulders with our sailors.  There are a lot of scheduled events throughout the week, many free.

The Governors Island Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday May 28 from 11am to 4pm The island opens this weekend with free events featuring kid appropriate performances and activities. Mums and Dads do not miss. More info available here.

Photo credit: Joanna Hishon

What’s On July 2015

Rooftop bars, outdoor movies, weekend day trips, concerts in the park, July 4th celebrations – it’s all happening in July in New York City. Plus school’s out so the city is alive with activities for New York’s families (drop-in classes, kids art and creativity programs, summer reading competitions, and water park fun). Below is a select list of the happenings in July. Curated by Joanna Hishon and the AWNY Communications Team.

Melbourne’s Ska Orchestra performs at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill , 237 West 42nd Street, on July 1st at 7.30PM (doors open 6.00PM). Tickets from $15.

The city will be alive with Independence Day Celebrations on July 4th. Macy’s Fireworks kick off at 9.20PM with various viewing spots on the East River. You can catch the famous Hot Dog Eating competition at Coney Island from 10.00AM – 1.00PM.

Bryant Park’s Broadway in the Park commences Thursdays from July 9th and runs through August 13th. Performances run from 12.30PM – 1.30PM and each week boasts a line up of the most popular Broadway shows performing their biggest hits.

Join AWNY members on Saturday July 11th for an afternoon of great chamber music in one of New York’s most unique music venues, a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn bridge. Board at 3.45 for a 4.00PM start. The event is free but you need to register your seat by emailing

Get your French on at Bastille Day, Sunday July 12th from 12 noon. 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues will be will be closed to traffic. Experience all things French with wine tastings (you’ll need to get tickets for the best stuff), French culture and performances, and yummy French delicacies.

AWNY’s ‘Beautiful You’ event will take place in the Monash Room of the Australian Consulate, NYC on Tuesday July 14th, from 6.30PM. learn expert tips and trade secrets from the make-up artists of New York Fashion Week. Tickets $14 members, $19 non members.

Pack a picnic and a good drop and settle in for an outdoor movie in one of several locations around the city in July. Free.

Mingle and dance at the AAA’s Summer Cruise event on July 16th. The three hour cruise departs at 7.00PM sharp (boarding from 6.30PM) and takes in the skyline along the East and Hudson Rivers. The Australian Bar and Restaurant will ensure plenty of food and drink is available for purchase in board, and you can try your luck in the QANTAS/AAA Summer Raffle. Tickets $10 members, $15 non members.

If you’re a graduate of the Sydney University, their North American Alumni Conference NYC 2015 will be held in NYC from July 16 to 18.

The Upper East Side’s 92Y presents its 31st Annual Jazz in July event with various performances from July 21st – 30th. Be sure to check out the program and get along for a gig or two. Located on Lexington between 91st and 92nd streets, the center is somewhat of a local secret in the UES, often attracting big name actors, performers, and personalities to the stage at very reasonable prices (Victoria Beckham was a guest a few weeks ago, Candice Bergen and Margaret Atwood are both regular guests).

Career reinvigoration expert Sally Arnold presents ‘Encores in NY: How to create innovative leverage living and working in NY’ in the Monash room of the Australian Consulate on July 21st. The event costs $14 for AAA members, $19 for non members. The presentation will commence at 7.00PM (arrive 6.30PM) and stay afterwards for a Q&A with Sally at the conclusion.

Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors program commences July 22nd. It’s totally free and there’s an event for everyone, from Baby Loves to Disco (Sat July 25th, 10.00AM) to the Chinese American Arts Council dancers (Sunday July 26th at 3.00PM) to The Mavericks (Wednesday July 29th, 7.00PM). All events take place in Damrosch Park, on the southern side of the Lincoln Center (corner 61st and Amsterdam).

Photo credit: Tarley Jordan (