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.

Fort Tryon Medieval Fair, New York

Once a year, New York’s nerds and history buffs descend on Fort Tryon Park for the annual medieval fair. After a dreary, wet week and the promise of a clearer, warmer escape to the outdoors, we approached the Fort Tryon Medieval Festival with high hopes. Not having been to a good medieval festival since attending the abbey museum version near Bribie Island...

Rockaway Beach, New York

It’s not hard, not far to reach, we can hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach. 

 Before ever visiting New York, Rockaway Beach was just another Ramones lyric. We never imagined it was a real destination, possibly due to the Ramones’ reliance of the word “rock” in many of its song titles and lyrics. See: Rock n Roll High School, Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio...

Review: Rockaway Beach Surf Club, New York

Every self-respecting beach has its surf club and Rockaway Beach is no different. 

 Surfing’s thirsty (and hungry) work. All that paddling, the waves, the rips, the bails, the dumps. It will leave you exhausted, but glad to be alive. And especially glad to know there’s a place that serves fresh, authentic tacos, $5 beers and frozen margaritas. The Rockaway Beach...

Union Square Green Markets, New York

In a megalopolis as large as Manhattan, you’d think accessing fresh food from local Green Markets would be nigh on impossible, but Union Square is the place to go. Thankfully there’s no shortage of farm fresh and farm-to-table options. From the Westside Markets to Whole Foods, there’s genuine, GMO-free deliciousness to be found if you know the right place to look...

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition, Coney Island

World class competitive decadence is a major draw to Coney Island on the 4th of July for the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition. Americans are known for their love of a fair fight and their love of carbs. These come together perfectly once a year. Nathan’s is one of the original creators of the hot dog (there’s some conjecture between junk food historians)...

Friedsam Carousel, Central Park, NY

The Friedsam Carousel stands as a living piece of history in Central Park’s southern end. For a couple of dollars, you’ll be transported back to the final years of the 19th Century as you ride a fine stallion accompanied by an original music box. Step right up! There’s a strange, stately majesty that collides with a spirit of childlike glee when one first sets eyes...

Exploring Coney Island, New York

Bright lights, boardwalks, hot dogs, Coney Island had us at hello. Growing up in Australia, it sounded like an amazing place, mentioned in Saturday morning cartoons like a mecca for kids. Sadly it’s not as pristine or exciting as an adult, but gladly not as seedy as ten years ago. The Coney Island of today is a quirky place, the closest beach to Manhattan, yet only a...

Review: Hundred Acres, Soho, NY

Brunch is our favorite meal of the day and a Hundred Acres in Soho, New York has been on our list for a long time. A Hundred Acres is within walking distance from our Greenwich Village home and we have walked past it several times but never at the right moment to go in. It’s regularly on the hotlists for brunch places in all the right NY magazines. One morning...

Review: Ruby’s Cafe, Soho, NYC

Ruby’s Café, or Ruby Soho, as the San Fran punk band Rancid sings about is an Australian gem that started out small and has become a hot spot for ex-pats and New Yorkers alike. Yes, Virginia, there really is a genuine Aussie burger in New York. It’s at Ruby’s Cafe. I remember the first time I stumbled upon a place that served egg, beetroot (beets as the...

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, NYC

Smorgasburg is a massive outdoor marketplace of food trucks and tents selling all manner of delights. The twice weekly event happens at Williamsburg (Saturdays) and Prospect Park (Sundays) and attracts tens of thousands of hungry visitors. The result is a mash up of different flavors and aromas to try and to share. Smorgasburg. It sounds kinda exotic. Like someone...