What’s On August 2016

Hot enough? Hot. Enough. While we do love a good New York Summer, the heat and humidity of the past couple of weeks has pushed the limits. It’s especially obvious on the subway, where the platforms are like ovens and the air conditioning is frequently failing, dragging our tolerance levels down with it. This weekend looks to provide a welcome break with cooler conditions, and to perk us up even more, here’s the pick of the best events in New York in August. Make sure you get to the Australian Writers in New York event next week at the Australian Consulate, and the AAA Rooftop Summer Social at the Northern Territory Brooklyn on Aug 10, and get out and experience New York Restaurant Week, or soak up one of …

Curated by the AWNY Communications Team

Australian Writers in New York, hosted by AWNY, is on next August 4th, in the Monash Room at the Australian Consulate. The reception will commencing at 6.30PM, the panel event shortly thereafter with authors Georgia Clark, Lexi Freiman, and Rachel Hills, discussing what it takes to make it as a writer in New York City. Tickets here.

AAA Rooftop Summer Social at the Northern Territory, Brooklyn, will on August 10th from 6.30PM. There is no cover charge for this event (cash bar) so get along and catch up with Aussie friends, new and old. All welcome, and additional information can be found here.

Head’s Up! Broadway Week doesn’t actually start until September, but the tickets go on sale on August 18th so mark your calendar for this date, hop online and grab some show tix at 2 for 1 rates.

Brooklyn-based Australian Artist, Courtney Bae, will be exhibiting her work at the Denise Fibro Fine Art Gallery from now until August 3rd. The Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 4W.

It might be called New York Restaurant ‘Week,’ but it actually runs well into the month of August and it’s a great way to experience your favorite restaurants or try new ones, at great prices (including UWS Aussie-owned favorite, Burke and Wills). Search restaurants and book directly through NYCgo.com. Runs until August 19th.

The Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors program is running until August 13th and is a great way to escape your sticky apartment and enjoy totally free performances in and around the Lincoln Center Plaza (W66th and Broadway).

The New York Blues BBQ Festival is a great experience if you’ve got the afternoon of August 20th free. It’s now in the 17th year and is moving to the larger location, Pier 97, commencing at 2PM. The event is free, more information here.

Remember Belinda Carlisle? Her 80s’ rock band The Go-Go’s are performing on August 13th at the Rumsey Playfield Central Park as part of the SummerStage series. Tickets are still available for general admission and reasonable at $50 a pop. For the diary – The Beach Boys perform as part of the same series on September 14.

Keen to get fit post summer? Here’s a FREE way how. The biggest mass peer-to-peer fundraising event in Australia has arrived in NYC! Register to walk/exercise 10,000 steps a day every day from 1-28th September by taking part in the worldwide challenge STEPTEMBER. Let’s put some Aussie effort behind it in its first year in the Big Apple. Grab 3 friends, register, choose ‘AWNY’ as your organization and use the promo code ‘AWNY’ to get free rego + a pedometer! You will also be helping to support research into a cure for cerebral palsy; the most common physical disability in childhood.

And finally – save the date girls! AWNY Bike Tour Brooklyn to Manhattan is on September 17th!

Photo Credit: Joanna Hishon

AWNY’s 2016 Guide to Rooftop Bars in the Big Apple

Summer in the Big Apple means a spike in buzz and energy out on the city’s streets, confronting smells drifting out of subway grates and a surge in popularity for those with holiday houses in the Hamptons. Happily, it is also the time for New York’s rooftops to come into their own and share their secret views of horizons, skyscrapers, rivers and bridges with us ground-dwellers.

We’ve all read lists of New York’s best rooftop bars, but we at AWNY wanted to engage with you, our members, to come up with our own list. To us, there is something nice about going somewhere that has been tried and tested by people we trust!

Now that we have had a couple of weeks to try out this year’s rooftop bar offerings, without further ado, we give you AWNY’s 2016 Guide to Rooftop Bars in the Big Apple.

Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, Midtown)

Rainbow Room view

Perfect for: impressing visitors, cocktails with a view, Empire State and Manhattan views

If you are seeking the Rockefeller Center’s famous Manhattan views, you could certainly join the line for the Top of the Rock experience. Our pick is to ditch the queue, avoid the admission fare, and head instead to Bar SixtyFive at the Rock’s famous Rainbow Room. Situated a handful of floors below the Top of the Rock, and boasting the same incredible views of Manhattan from inside the bar or outside on the terrace (including a direct view straight across to the Empire State Building), Bar SixtyFive is a breathtaking setting in which to enjoy a cocktail (note – the cocktails aren’t cheap, but well worth it for the saving you make on admission to the Top of the Rock). This glamorous art deco lounge claims the title of ‘highest outdoor terrace bar in New York City’. Our tip is to time your visit so that you can take in the sunset. The crowd certainly grows on the outdoor terrace at sunset, but there is plenty of skyline to go around, and watching the lights of Manhattan start to twinkle as the sun goes down over the city is certainly a memorable experience.

Hours: Open Monday to Friday only, from 5pm to close. Walk in for drinks or reserve a table if you’re feeling peckish. But keep in mind you do need to dress appropriately – the bar recommends business casual, no sneakers.


Photo credit: Alex Eggerking

Bookmarks at the Library Hotel (299 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor, Midtown)


Perfect for: literary cocktails, cosy secret garden vibes

Owned by the same outfit that operate one of our other favorite places for a drink in the city, The Campbell Apartment, Bookmarks is an intimate space that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a secret garden.

Located on the 14th floor of the Library Hotel, Bookmarks may not have the breathtaking views of some of our other favorite spots, but it is a great spot to sip a literary-themed cocktail on the outdoor balcony, nestled in the midst of Manhattan institutions Grand Central and the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman building. The glass-covered indoor space is also fantastic on those nights when the city is hit by a summer storm.

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Happy Australia Day in NYC 2015

Australia Day is Monday, January 26th and there is a wealth of celebrations to be part of commencing this coming weekend. Below is a list of what’s on offer.

The Australia Day Black Tie Gala is on Friday, January 23rd at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Liberty 29 W 35th Street, New York
New York Magpies present Australia Day
Saturday 24 Jan. 8pm-4am – Free drink with entry, Aussie beer and wine specials, live music by Dave Young, Aussie sport on TV and a special appearance from Keith the Koala. Complimentary food available from 8-9pm. Dress in your best Australiana costume for a chance to win great prizes.

The Thirsty Koala – 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria
Saturday 24 Jan. 8-11pm – Munch on meat pies, sausage rolls and cheezymites. Aussie drink specials flowing and live jazz music. Raffles and prizes all night long from Coopers.

The Australian20 West 38th Street, New York
Sunday 25 Jan. 8pm-4am – Triple J’s Hottest 100
Monday 26 Jan. Free Coopers on entry between 3-4pm, Skype session with Jimmy Barnes at 5pm, live music from 6pm.

Northern Territory12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn
Sunday 25 Jan. 4pm-late – DJ playing throughout the day, lamb burgers and lamb lollipops, kitchen specials, free Coopers gift give away, $6 Coopers pale ale draft pints all night and raffle prizes to be won.

Soho House – 29-35 9th Avenue, New York – SOLD OUT
Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy Event present an Australia Day Party at Soho House
Sunday, January 25. 2-7pm – In lieu of a ticket price, a donation to Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy is greatly appreciated (suggested donation $50 – $200 per person).  All funds raised from the Australia Day party will go towards protecting Australia’s threatened wildlife and their unique habitats. SOLD OUT

Flinders Lane 162 Avenue A, New York
Sunday 25 & Monday 26 Jan. – Special 3-course menu created by chef Chris Rendell.

Burke & Wills226 W 79th Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan.  5.30-11pm – 5-course special dinner menu with all Australian wine pairing. Reservations essential.

Bluestone LaneWest Village, Financial District, Midtown East & the new Bryant Park store, New York
Australia Day promotion – Half price key Australian espresso coffee beverages including: Flat White, Long Black, Magic and Piccolo Latte.

Down Under New York Tech MeetupBiergarten at The Standard Hotel 848 Washington Street, New York
Monday 26 Jan. 7-10:30pm – Casual drinks to celebrate Australia Day.

Whatever you do to celebrate Australia Day AWNY wishes you a happy one. Just to get you in the mood check out this cute video ‘STRAYA’ a parody of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ with lots of great images to make you homesick.

AAA Event: Great Aussie Rooftop BBQ

We’re firing up the BBQ & celebrating Summer with rooftop dinner & drinks.


Photo: Northern Territory, Brooklyn

Photo © No Entry Design

Catch up with friends, make new ones, taste Northern Territory’s brand new BBQ menu + enjoy rooftop views of Manhattan with a drink in hand. 

12 Franklin Street, Brooklyn

6.30 – 10PM

RSVP essential for catering + rooftop door list: Register now

Members and Friends Welcome
No cover charge | Cash bar
Purchase from the new BBQ menu

Sausages Sizzle
Steak Sandwich
Portobello Mushroom Sandwich
Corn on the cob