New York

As our second home, New York is a place we have explored and know like the back of our hands. In these posts we’ll share the expected, but also the unexpected things this crazy town has to offer.

Enjoy Old Time Sodas at Brooklyn Farmacy

You can have your fancy fro-yo and candy encrusted sundaes, we’ll be sipping traditional shakes and sodas at Brooklyn Farmacy. We’re too young to have lived through the days of drug store soda fountains, thought the Australian equivalent, the milk bar was still a treat for ice creams and milkshakes in the eighties and nineties. We missed the American Saturday morning...

Enjoying the Forbidden Fruit at Brooklyn Cider House

Team Watt has long been a fan of good cider and Brooklyn Cider House delivers – right from the keg! The Brooklyn Cider House holds a dominant position amidst Bushwick’s semi-industrial wastelands that are fast becoming hot property. As the home to most of New York’s creative community, they have a ready-made customer base of smart, savvy regulars who have a taste for...

Street Art Comes Alive at the Bushwick Collective Block Party

New York’s epicenter of hipster cool, Bushwick rolls out the welcome mat to the local population at the Bushwick Collective Block Party – New York’s biggest annual block party. The corner of Jefferson and Wykoff reeks of effortless, edgy coolness. Gig posters are wheat pasted on corrugated iron fences, advertisers use full wall murals instead of billboards...

Wine, witches and song at New Paltz, NY

New Paltz is an upstate college town in Ulster County, first settled by French Huguenots in 1678. A group escaping religious persecution, the Hugeuenots had escaped Germany (hence the Germanic name) and sought refuge in the new nation. For us, we’re seeking refuge from the big city and being only an hour and a half from Manhattan and easily accessible via a Trailways...

Racing history is made at the 150th Belmont stakes

The races – where the beautiful people go to get ugly. It’s never been truer than at the Annual Belmont Stakes and in its 150th iteration, the crowd is better looking and the worst behaved the track has probably ever seen. And by track we mean the train there. This section is a cautionary tale, so feel free to skip ahead The main access to Belmont Park is via...

Rock, surf and sand at Jones Beach, NY

Your summer of rock starts at Jones Beach. Some of Long Island’s best beaches and a 15,000-seat arena makes Jones Beach worthy of at least one summer trip a year. Surf’s Up! There are two main aspects of Jones Beach for a visitor: the beach and the venue. The beach is at a point in the island devoid of local shops and board walks providing an unspoiled natural...

The Ultimate Local’s Guide to Summer in NYC

Summer in NYC is like no other With the city in winter mode for five months a year, it comes alive in summer. Get out and explore beyond the obvious attractions and add some of these to your to-do list. PARKS AND STREETS Free HBO presents movies in Bryant Park With the HBO head office across the road on Sixth Avenue, the cable channel is a major player on the free...

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter arrives on New York’s Broadway Harry Potter on Broadway, Harry Potter and the Marathon Five Hour Session, Harry Potter With a Crippling Hangover, these were all potentially fitting names as we hit the box office to pick up our tickets that we won in Today Tix’ Friday 40 lottery which not only gave us access to the two-part play for $40 (instead of...

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx

Peanuts, crackerjacks, hotdogs and organ flourishes, the age old spirit of a day at the baseball still runs strong through the ‘new’ Yankee Stadium. Our first Major League Baseball Experience was one we’ll never forget. It was the first week of September 2009, just a few weeks before the playoffs that would lead the New York Yankees to the World Series. It was also...