The Local: New York City

Local news, views and information about the city that never sleeps.

Sydney vs New York

Moving overseas can be expensive, but the last thing you want is to discover your hard-earned money doesn’t stretch very far once you’ve settled into your new home. We all know that Sydney’s a pretty expensive place to live, but just how does it compare to one of the US’s most bustling cities – New [...]

Marieke Hardy's latest book, 'You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead', is currently available.

You may remember her from mornings on Triple J, her countless Australian Television writing credits or her recently published book, You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead. Right now, however, Marieke Hardy is bringing her so-called ‘literary salon,’ Women of Letters, to New York City. The show, which has been developed along with writer Michaela McGuire, [...]

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Those of us who came of age in Australia around the turn of the millenium will remember fondly the plethora of great Aussie bands of the time. One such band was george, the band that Katie Noonan started with her brother, Tyrone Noonan.

Brooklyn Apartment Building

When I first came to New York City, finding an apartment was exciting. But after 3 weeks, 25 apartments, 45 minutes in an elevator and a call to 911, I was pretty much over the whole experience.  I learnt that at some point, optimism has to give way to realism.

The first day of your child's school in another country can be daunting. These steps should help you prepare

This article is part two of a two-part series entitled “Getting In”. The first deals with getting your children into kindergarten in NYC. It can be found here.


The Melbourne Cup will air in the USA on Monday, November 5 2012. Find out where in the USA you can attend an official Melbourne Cup event, and how to watch it live yourself at home.

CMJ Music Marathon 2012

Your guide to all that’s Aussie at this week’s CMJ music marathon in New York.

Homschek and Fong in the NY location

Further evidence that the great Aussie meat pie takeover continues: Australian chain Pie Face today opens its second New York location – on the East side in Murray Hill. The store follows their pattern of opening locations close to some of Manhattan’s landmarks – the first, on 53rd and Broadway, takes up space next to [...]

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Così, a play written by Louis Nowra, is a classic Australian comedy delving into the lives of a group of people living in a mental institution in Melbourne in the 1970s as they endeavour to put on a production of the Italian opera, Così fan tutte. Thanks to Australian Made Entertainment, Così opened on Friday Off-Broadway in [...]


It was a fun local establishment for this born-and-bred Bondi girl: a place in New York City to bring Aussie visitors for a trip back home, just for a second. But sadly, the Lower East Side’s Bondi Road will soon be no longer. It’s set to close its doors at the end of this month [...]