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New Yorker buys business in the Beef Capital

New Yorker Amy Pagano has made Rockhampton her home and is managing the WOK ME on Yaamba Road North Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
New Yorker Amy Pagano has made Rockhampton her home and is managing the WOK ME on Yaamba Road North Rockhampton. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

FROM the Big Apple to the Beef Capital.

New Yorker Amy Pagano has travelled the world, and couldn't be happier to firmly plant her feet in Central Queensland.

After working and backpacking in her early 20s in places like the Czech Republic, to Korea and a stint in aid work on the Burmese Border.

Amy eventually packed her bags and moved to Brisbane for university.

After studying for two masters, in linguistics and social work, Amy decided to take on a new challenge and is a part owner of Wok Me in North Rockhampton. 

"I like Australia, it's different because I grew up in New York so I've been working my whole life," Amy said.

"Australia has a laid back attitude and has more time for family.

"(I find) Rockhampton is similar to middle America where people are very hospitable and there's more of a community where everybody knows each other; that's why I moved from Brisbane to a regional area."

Amy has only been in Rockhampton for two months but can already feel the community spirit as she takes on the role of running her own business.

"Everything I'm doing with my business is community based," Amy said.

"I've actually had someone tell me they want me to succeed! "I'd like to make this a community hub; outside of the pubs there's not a lot of places to hang out on the north side of town."

And on her time off, the New Yorker has already made her way to Yeppoon to take in the beaches and said she's already enjoying the weather.    

 

NEW YORK AND ROCKHAMPTON

Are Rockhampton and New York like two peas in a pod? While Amy Pagano doesn't see the similarities, here's what we think. 

- We both have a Central Park - Rivers play a key part in city life

- We both have a Flamingo's nightclub

- We have an Empire building complex; they have an Empire State Building

- They have Simon and Garfunkel, we have Busby Marou

- They have hot dog stands, we have Nemo's

- They've got the underground Subway; we've got a Subway store

So technically, there's not that big of a difference!   

Topics:  new york



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