Serial expat Amanda Wight was lured by bright lights from her home in Millicent, South Australia, 15 years ago. Since winning the US Green Card Lottery in 2016, she now lives in the New York City neighbourhood of Chelsea, where she devises international strategy for the US Open.
Chelsea is widely known as the art neighbourhood, with galleries at every turn. As a member of The Whitney Museum of American Art, I always recommend people add this to their New York list. The museum itself is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River and while the collection, exhibitions and building are impressive, equally so are the expansive city views from their rooftop. If sport is your thing (like me!) you can't go past seeing a Knicks (basketball) or Rangers (ice hockey) game at Madison Square Garden, whitney.org and msg.com
The High Line and Chelsea Market are obvious choices, but also heavy tourist thoroughfares. Instead, head a block west and stretch your legs along the Hudson River Park - the sweeping downtown Manhattan and Jersey City skyline views won't disappoint. If you visit in summer, be sure to stop at Grand Banks, a historic wooden schooner permanently docked on the Hudson, serving wild-caught East and West Coast oysters and delicious champagne - which pairs perfectly with the sunset views. See grandbanks.nyc
Cookshop is my neighbourhood go-to for a classic American meal and its seasonal menu has a sustainable farming focus. If the lamb burger is on the menu, do not look past it! For those with a sweet tooth, the gluten-free pancakes are the fluffiest you'll find in the city. If the weather permits, grab a curbside table and enjoy the people watching. See cookshopny.com
Australian-owned Citizens of Chelsea on 9th Ave will nail a true flat white to get you going in the morning, but for something a little more adult, head to prohibition-inspired speakeasy Bathtub Gin. Settle into a cozy banquette and sip on hand-crafted cocktails (Negronis are a specialty) while being entertained by an amazing jazz or burlesque performance - so very New York! See citizens.coffee and bathtubginnyc.com
Times Square, Starbucks and the subway – just walk or Citibike. See citibikenyc.com