Five habits, shared by New Yorkers and Sydney-siders alike, that unite us in both temperament and taste. 

There’s almost 16,000 kilometres that separate Sydney from the Big Apple. But while distance might divide us, our temperaments unite us. Here are five habits, shared by New Yorkers and Sydney-siders alike, that links us in ways not even oceans can divide.


We live in villages

New Yorkers live in villages – all 539 of them – that dot the state of New York. These villages got their name from the cluster of rural dwellings that the state used to be comprised of. To be from certain “villages”, nowadays, is still a thing of pride.

Australians may not have coastlines filled with villages, but we do tend to “live” at The Village Inn. A favoured ‘borough among locals, The Village Inn contains everything you need for surviving the busy streets of Sydney.


We abbreviate

Ask a New Yorker for directions (at your peril) and be prepared. Your ears will have to get accustomed to the short and quippy abbreviations a New Yorker favours. That’s “hun”, instead of a hundred, Bloomie’s if it’s near the famed department store, “Fidi” if you’re looking for the financial district, and “dumbo” if your destination happens to be “down under the Manhattan bridge overpass”.

Aussie’s suffer from the same short and succinct turn of phrase. You’re not Australian unless you refer to Palm Beach as “palmy”, Newcastle as “newie”, Kings Cross as the plain old “cross”, and you’re obviously “devo” if Surly’s happens to be out of their devilish hot wings.


We line up for food

Even if both cities dwell far beyond the iron curtain, lining up for food seems to be a favoured sport.

Whether it’s to taste the latest croissant-doughnut-hybrid fresh out of the ovens of Williamsburg, or lining up for a table at Sydney’s latest hot spot, “on line” as the New Yorkers like to call it, is intrinsically linked to life on the “coast side”.


We embrace cultural diversity

New York City is a melting pot of culture. Some of the most prominent music, food, and social traditions have been bred in New York and have managed to make a mark not only on the Big Apple, but on the globe.

Sydney might not be the bedrock of cultural ingenuity but its territory and people love to embrace new cultures, especially through their food and entertainment choices. More poignantly, American culture.

From outsourcing the best Poutine, sampling a spicy Bloody Caesar, to enjoying the smokiness of truffled oysters in a Manhattan setting, Australians love a good dose of Americana in their life – and a bountiful plate of buffalo wings to boot.


We go to happy hour on an empty stomach

Time poor New Yorkers and Sydney-siders alike seem to make it a concurrent habit to rush into happy hour without that 5pm snack.

Lucky for us, there are a plethora of mouthwatering food choices waiting for us, once the rush for “double or nothings” is over.