When I first moved to New York, I remember getting to my apartment which (luckily) had a mattress, but nothing else. I needed to buy things, and quickly so that I could start my adventure from the comforts of a bedroom that was actually comfortable to be in.

What I didn’t immediately think of though was that all the stores I had grown up with have different names here (I know, in hindsight, of course they do). So here’s my guide (and it will keep growing) to all the businesses you’ll need day-to-day.


Ok, first off, there’s Amazon. Sure, it’s now launched in Australia and overseas but the U.S. version is the original and the best (and it’s HUGE). This will seriously cover 95% of things you need, and if you sign up for Amazon Prime, it’s 1 or 2 day delivery for “free” (you pay for a Prime membership, but when you’re setting up it’s totally worth it).

Also note, I linked above to SMILE.Amazon.com and not just Amazon.com. Lots of people don’t know, but Amazon has a charity program where a percentage of every purchase you make on Amazon will be donated to a charity of your choice. Prices don’t go up, it’s straight up just a free donation. You should ALWAYS use Smile.


Bunnings is (The) Home Depot or Lowe’s

Target is still Target


K-Mart doesn’t exist

WalMart is here

Office Supplies

Officeworks is Staples or OfficeMax / Office Depot

Entertainment & Electronics

JB-Hifi is Best Buy


In NYC your supermarkets have been replaced with Associated, Morton Williams, Finefare, and C-Town.

Subway is still Subway, but Subways are now also train stations.

There are so many more, comment yours below!

About the Author

America Josh

I had a fantastic life in Adelaide and in Australia but thought in late 2015 that it was time to do something new. I handed over control of my company, sold my house, car, and even gave away my cat (“Aslan”) to start on my journey to New York.

I arrived in New York on January 10, 2017, from Adelaide, South Australia and in March 2017, I started America Josh to help make the transition to the US from wherever you’re from just a little bit easier.

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