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



New York City Marathon 2017: Ready, Set, Go


Earlier this year, AWNY member and experienced NYC marathoner, Julia O’Brien, shared 4 Reasons to Consider Running in the 2017 New York Marathon. In this follow-up post, Julia guides first time entrants through her final preparation tips:

There are just 11 sleeps until the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

For anyone who’s running this year, your longest training run is (or at least should be…) behind you. You’re tapering your training and now a 7 or 8 mile run is just a cheeky jog, compared to the start of your training when that would have felt like an impossible feat.

And you’re probably getting nervous. Will you be able to last the distance? Will your body behave for you? Will you be able to pace yourself, or is the excitement going to get the better of you and you’ll go too hard, too soon? Only time will tell, but here are a few tips for any runners about to embark on their first New York Marathon.

Mel Bickford

Photo: Mel Bickford

1. Stick to your plan, don’t go changing things at the last second. Trying out new stretches or running techniques is not going to end well. Just do what you know!

2. Eat your marathon meal ahead of time and make sure it sits well in your belly. Deciding to eat spaghetti alfredo the night before when you haven’t eaten creamy pasta in a while might not be the best idea.

3. Decide with your friends where they’re going to be along the route. Agree with them which side of the road you’ll be on and which mile marker they’ll be near – seeing your loved ones literally feels like a shot of energy for weary limbs, but scanning millions of faces is stressful and tiring.

4. Soak up the atmosphere, relish in the incredible views and, above all, have fun!

Good luck to all Australians entered in this year’s New York City Marathon. As Julia wisely mentioned in her original post, “At the very least, it’ll be a great story to tell your friends and family back home in Australia!”.

What’s On in New York – November

From Halloween’s candy and frights, to the Thanksgiving turkey Tryptophan, November launches New York into the festive holiday season. Get ready for some serious eating and drinking as the party invitations start to arrive. Be warned though, you will find the svelte trained up for the New York City Marathon, and you’ll be standing beside those snake hips at the Holiday parties next month.

Here’s what’s on:

October 27, 10am AWNY presents The Emotional Transition of Moving to New York in the East Village. Join a small group of women to discuss the excitement – and hardship – of transition to the City of Cities, led by AWNY’s Susie Lang.

Barton Orchards Farm, 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag NY 12570. Open seasonally, and closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, this incredible destination is a unique experience to go apple picking (get your apples for the Thanksgiving pie) and see a real NY country farm. For those with children, you will find a haunted house, petting zoo, fun park and corn maze. For everyone else, the apple cider donuts and drinks are authentically rural, and the scenic drive is a beautiful way to pass a leisurely weekend day. A fun weekend to go is October 28 & 29 to capitalize on the Halloween festivities.

November 5 is the TCS NYC Marathon. Download if you are driving in the city because it’s a hazard to get around by car from E59th up to E138th Street (and traffic congestion beyond). Runners will be blocking your way across town. Walk or use the subway to come out and cheer your fit friends on and celebrate afterwards.

November 9, 12-2pm Congratulations to AWNY President Belinda Jackson for being nominated for the Clara de Hirsch Award for exceptional support of other women in the 92nd Street Y Extraordinary Women Awards.

November 14, 6pm Finances in the USA, Australian Consulate, Midtown East. Tax expert, Martin Cranitch, of Transpacific Tax Services (and previously, the SMATS Group) will speak to Aussie expats living in the USA in relation to taxation and financial planning. $15 members/$25 non-members.

November 23, 9am-12 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Where will you be for Thanksgiving this year? If you are in the city, you can plan to see the Parade, which begins at 9am at W77th and Central Park West, and runs down (south) on Central Park West, to Central Park South, and down 6th Avenue, from W59th Street down to Macys Department Store at Herald Square at W34th Street. You can watch from the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, or the Hilton at W53rd & 6th. Hotels can offer a nice vantage point for viewing if you haven’t found a local friend with a high-floor apartment to afford a good view and bathroom to watch the spectacle. Or watch it on TV like most of America.

November 24 Sample sales. If you haven’t hit the phenomenon of NYC’s sample sales, you may want to have a look. There are also online sales of course, and THE most massive shopping day of the year being Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, where everyone gets online after feasting, or gets out and about in the shops, to actively seize the very best of the year’s buys before the Holiday onslaught of ultimate consumerism.

November 29, 7pm-9pm Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, with live performances, between W48th and W51st Streets, and 5th and 6th Avenues. Put on your coat and come out with the crowd if you haven’t ever done it yet, to see the celebration of the big tree at Rockefeller Center. Arrive early (very early) if you want to see the tree. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks and streets and millions watch it live across the globe. It will remain lit until January 7, 2018 and represents goodwill and peace throughout the Holiday season.


Event: Fall Gala at the Dwelling Place of NY, October 19

The Dwelling Place of NY is AWNY’s charity partner for 2017. Please join us for their annual Fall Gala, with all proceeds supporting their wonderful work.

The night promises to be a whole lot of fun for a great cause, with The Dwelling Place celebrating 40 years on 40th Street at this year’s event.

Event details

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Saints Cyril and Methodius Hall, corner of 41st Street and 10th Avenue, New York
Cost: $125 per person. 100% will go directly to The Dwelling Place, plus a $6 booking fee through Eventbrite.
Nature of event: The Gala will be a simple church hall style gathering, with everything from decorations and raffle prizes, to food and wine donated
Tickets: To ensure you are sat at an AWNY table, please follow the instructions below:

  • First, visit the ticket sales site and write the word “AUSSIE” next to your name when purchasing.
  • Then, email Bridget Callaghan to advise you have purchased your ticket(s). This will help to ensure you’re sat on the AWNY table.

Buy tickets (don’t forget to write AUSSIE…)

AWNY’s 2017 Charity: The Dwelling Place of NY

The Dwelling Place of NY is a privately-funded transitional residence for homeless women run by The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Located in Midtown, The Dwelling Place has provided shelter, sustenance and support to thousands of women since 1977. Their safe, healing, and structured environment offers women the space and time to develop a sustainable plan for building a healthy, independent lifestyle.

This year’s Gala is celebrating The Dwelling Place’s 40th year on 40th Street.

Visit their website to read more about their wonderful work:


The AWNY gals at the 2016 Fall Gala showed the other guests how to have a good time with a round of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!”

Another way you can help

AWNY is proudly supporting The Dwelling Place source donations for their charity raffle that will take place at the Fall Gala. If you or someone you know is willing to make a donation we’d love to hear from you. Examples of donations include:

  • Gift cards or vouchers
  • Flowers
  • Homewares
  • Beauty products
  • Jewellry

All donators will be promoted through our AWNY social media accounts and will be included in announcements on the evening.

If you are able to support this worthy cause with a donation please contact Bridget Callaghan.


Event: Working in the USA information session, June 14

Working in the USA: Expert advice for Aussie job seekers

Have you recently arrived in the US? Looking for a job? Or are you looking to change things up with your New York career?

Then why not join AWNY for an informative session on working in the USA, with expert advice for Aussie job seekers.

Belinda Jackson, of Prosell International and Working in the USA, has been living and working in New York for over a decade and has provided advice to many Aussies who have made the move to the States. She will provide practical advice about how to find your next job in the USA.

Learn how to:

  • Prepare your resume for American eyes
  • Hone your interview skills
  • Make you LinkedIn profile relevant to a US employer
  • Repackage yourself for a new role
  • Network to uncover the hidden job market
  • Navigate the cultural differences between workplaces in Australia and the US

Belinda’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 6.00pm for welcome drinks, 6.30pm start
Location: Australian Consulate-General, 150 East 42nd Street, Floor 34, New York, NY 10017
Event cost: AAA/AWNY Members: $15 / Non-Members: $25 – includes wine and nibbles

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Places at this always-popular event are strictly limited, so reserve your ticket today!

If you have questions about this session, please contact Katarina Filipovic.

What is an AWNY/AAA Member? Find out more about membership and benefits.

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