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20 Ways to spend your summer When the temps heat up, the city’s calendar sizzles. We’ve picked the hottest events to take you straight through Labor Day. | By Thomas P. Farley |
Thomas P. Farley
When the temps heat up, the city’s calendar sizzles. We’ve picked the hottest events to take you straight through Labor Day.<br /> <br /> 1 Match Point June 1 Back for a second year at Liberty State Park, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic (1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, N.J., vcpoloclassic.com) brings out New Yorkers who tend to know more about fashion than they do about polo, but no matter. Past attendees have included Madonna, Marc Jacobs, LL Cool J and Susan Sarandon.The place to be: The VIP tent, but with the park’s up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan, you’ll be hard-pressed to know where to focus your attention: the vistas, the celebs or the action on the pitch. Tickets required; match begins at 2pm<br /> <br /> 2 Exhibit M Through nov. 3 Traditionally a setting for grand-scale sculpture, the roof garden atop the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave., metmuseum.org) is going small for its 2013 installation: works by Imran Qureshi, a Pakistani artist whose oeuvre includes miniature paintings. Take in art from an altogether different era: At Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle (35 E. 76th St., rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle), where murals by Madeline illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans adorn the walls. On Sundays in June, see a cabaret performance by Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch.<br /> <br /> 3 Slug Fest June 4 This is your final day to bid on a chance for your son or daughter (or perhaps you) to take a one-hour pitching lesson with Cy Young Award winner and six-time All Star CC Sabathia (right), of the New York Yankees.With an estimated value of $10,000, the proceeds from this auction go to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. Charitybuzz.com Get to the stadium in style: For a fastball pitcher only a V12 engine will do, so pay a visit to Gotham Dream Cars (gothamdreamcars.com), and choose from a Lamborghini LP640 Roadster (MSRP: $465K; rents for $1,950 per day during the week, $4,450 for a three-day weekend) or a Rolls Royce Drophead convertible (MSRP: $427,000; $2,150 for a weekday, $4,950 for the weekend). But be warned: Once you rent, you know you’ll want one of your own.<br /> <br /> 4 Sound Stage June 7-9 Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Guns N’ Roses are all headliners for the Governors Ball Music Festival (governorsballmusicfestival.com), taking place on Randall’s Island for the second year running after outgrowing Governor’s Island. Th e music fest features genres from indie to hip-hop, alternative to electronica, and will include sets by Animal Collective, Bloc Party and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, among many others. If you’d like to be onstage someday, too: Consider becoming a member of concierge service Th e Blue Fish (thebluefi sh.Com). For an annual fee of $5,000 (plus any associated expenses) the team will cater to your every need.Recent fulfilled dreams include a guitar lesson from ZZ Top.<br /> <br /> 5 Rock On June 8 & 10 Nearly 50 years after the Beatles performed at Shea Stadium and two years after he wowed the crowds at Yankee Stadium, Paul McCartney rocks a new borough—Brooklyn, with two nights at the Barclays Center (barclayscenter.com). Th e “Out Th ere” tour features songs from throughout his career. For a post-show dinner fi x: It’s no easy feat to snare a reservation at the borough’s only three-Michelin star restaurant, Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (200 Schermerhorn St., brooklynfare.com). They only accept parties of two or four, with reservations made six weeks in advance. The prix fixe meal features 20 or more small courses, for $225 each plus gratuity. Grab a 10pm rezzie and have a car waiting for you at Barclays, so you can head out of the concert in time to make it to a meal that may just change your life.<br /> <br /> 6 Gala Bound June 9 Put on your red-carpet best and head to the 2013 Tony Awards, live from Radio City Music Hall. Bid on this exclusive experience via charitybuzz.com, which includes two tickets to the dress rehearsal, a backstage tour of the theater and VIP seating at the gala after party, held at Th e Plaza Hotel. Bidding is already underway, with an estimated package value of $10,500. The online auction ends June 6, and benefits the educational programs of both The American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League Foundation. For a fresh take on pretheater dinner: Why not have Dan Barber’s incomparable restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns of Westchester’s Pocantico Hills (bluehillfarm.com) come to you? With the launch of its On the Road program, you can now enjoy the restaurant’s five-star fare in the comfort of your own dining room.<br /> <br /> 7 Museum Envy June 11 We’ll disregard the fact that you couldn’t possibly do justice to more than one or two of Fifth Avenue’s museums in three hours.During the annual Museum Mile Festival (6-9pm, museummilefestival.org), 10 of the world’s greatest temples of art and culture dispense with admission fees and suggested donations. Th e avenue is closed to traffic from 82nd through 105th streets and comes alive with vendors, musicians and activities for kids. Trade the mile for a mule: Wrap things up on Fifth and head to a temple of art away from the fray— Columbus Circle’s Museum of Arts & Design (madmuseum.org), where the after-hours top-floor restaurant, Robert (robertnyc.com), serves the scrumptious Marseilles Mule, among other cocktails.<br /> <br /> 8 In Tune June 11 If you love the songs of Sinatra, you’ll undoubtedly want to make it to Sinatra in the Park, a benefit for City Parks Foundation (cityparksfoundation.org), presented by SummerStage in Central Park. For the ultimate Chairman of the Board fan: Purchase a platinum package for $25,000, which includes VIP reception access for you and nine friends, plus dinner as you enjoy the songs of Ol’ Blue Eyes, interpreted by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Suzanne Vega (above), Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright III and others.<br /> <br /> 9 All That Jazz June 12-13 It will be humanly impossible to keep your feet from tapping when Michael Feinstein brings “Swinging with the Big Bands” to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Allen Room (3 Columbus Circle, jalc.org/events). Th e night will feature Wynton Marsalis on trumpet and Grammy winners Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks backing up Feinstein and his guest vocalists, Nellie McKay, Connie Evingson and Sachal Vasandani. Nice and easy does it: With a nightcap at the Time Warner Center’s Center Bar (centerbarnyc.com), a lounge with views that match the Allen Room’s, and is open until 1am.<br /> <br /> 10 Secret Gardens June 26 In the northeast corner of Central Park lies the oftoverlooked Conservatory Garden, a sanctuary within a sanctuary. For one night, the peace and quiet will give way to music and dancing, wining and dining, as the junior committee of the Central Park Conservancy throws an Evening in the Garden (centralparknyc.org), a chance for the under-40 set to wiggle beneath the wisteria. Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 at the gate. Do some pregaming: At the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave., mcny.org) and check out “A Beautiful Way to Go,” a new exhibit dedicated to a preserve that predates both Central Park and Prospect Park—the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.<br /> <br /> 11 Concert Mania JuLY 5-6 These are days you’ll want to check out 10,000 Maniacs (with a considerably more intimate audience of a few hundred, give or take) at City Winery (155 Varick St., citywinery.com), as they promote the release of their new album, Music From the Motion Picture. After the show: Absorb the city skyline (and perhaps a fireworks show or two over Jersey) from atop Th e James hotel (27 Grand St., jameshotels.Com/new-york), in the lounge known as Jimmy.<br /> <br /> 12 Take Pride JuNe 30 If you love getting down— and want to celebrate LGBT pride at the same time— Dance on the Pier (nycpride.org) is the event for you. Now in its 27th year, this outdoor boogie fest takes place from 3 to 10pm on Tribeca’s Pier 26 and will feature Djs Dave Aude, Oscar G and Luis Perez. For a tan you’ll wear pridefully: Pop on up to the Hotel Americano (518 W. 27th St., americanohotel.com), where an afternoon party called Pride Poolside will unfurl on the hotel’s sunny roof deck.<br /> <br /> 13 Space Odyssey JuLY 5-7 Take a spin around the solar system as the New York Philharmonic presents Th e Planets: An HD Odyssey (Tickets from $45; nyphil.Org). Under the guidance of conductor Bramwell Tovey, the Phil will perform works set to a backdrop of breathtaking NASA imagery and video. Continue defying gravity: With a postshow dinner at Lincoln Ristorante (142 W. 65th St., lincolnristorante.com), the grass-rooftopped eatery that looks as though it’s been lifted from the plaza, ready to blast toward the heavens.<br /> <br /> 14 She Bops JuLY 10 Help Cyndi Lauper (right) celebrate the 30th anniversary of her album She’s So Unusual—and her 60th birthday—with a performance at the Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway, beacontheatre.com) that will include all of the songs from that chart-topping debut. From her performances to her Kinky Boots, Lauper proves that she’s got what it takes, time after time. Channel Cyndi’s style: By browsing the bargains at the Housing Works Th rift Shop a few blocks away (306 Columbus Ave., housingworks.org). Proceeds of sales assist individuals with HIV and AIDS, which happens to be a cause near and dear to Lauper’s heart.<br /> <br /> 15 Under Raps JuLY 19-20 What happens when a former Mouseketeer takes the stage with one of the era’s most successful rappers in the house that succeeded the House that Ruth Built? Find out when Legends of the Summer, the concert headlined by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, comes to Yankee Stadium (ticketmaster.com). Uberfans: Will want in on the Front Row VIP package ($1,750, vipnation.com), which, in addition to very preferred seating, nabs you a place at a preshow reception, a “tour apparel item,” an onsite VIP host and more.<br /> <br /> 16 Queen B auG. 3-5 Trust us when we tell you that the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is not an off -Broadway drama about the life of former fi rst lady Rosalynn Carter. None other than Beyoncé Knowles-Carter will be at the Barclays Center for three nights (ticketmaster.com), welcoming all ladies—single or not—and more than a few men, too. Get your top 40 on: At the club fronted by Beyoncé’s hubby, Jay-Z. Th e 40/40 lounge (the4040club.com), located within the Barclays Center, is the spot to be after the show, where you may just get your chance to meet New York’s most famous power couple in person.<br /> <br /> 17 Uptown Revelry auG. 7, 14, 21 & 28 It’s showtime… at the Apollo! Take a seat (or a place onstage) as the storied Apollo Th eater (253 W. 125th St., harlemweek.com) salutes Harlem Week, with dedicated editions of its amateur night, including the presentation of Harlem Week scholarships. Once the audience has booed you off stage: Pull up a barstool at the beer garden at Harlem Tavern (2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd., harlemtavern.com) and allow the bartender to convince you not to quit your day job.<br /> <br /> 18 Fringe Benefits auG. 9-25 A 16-day multi-arts festival taking place at 20 different venues around the city, the Fringe Festival (fringenyc.org) elevates the profile of indie writers and artists with shows to suit just about every palate, from BANG! The Curse of John Wilkes Booth to #MormonInChief. If you’re cursing the humidity for what it’s doing to your hair this month: Head to the salon called Fringe (248 Broome St., fringeny.com) on the Lower East Side, where you can try out some new bangs (natch) or just schedule a blowout—though, in this weather, don’t expect the frizz to remain at bay for long.<br /> <br /> 19 Go All Gatsby auG. 17 & 18 Crank up the gramophone, find your spats and get yourself to the Jazz Age Lawn Party (Tickets: from $30, dreamlandorchestra.com), which takes place twice each summer on Governor’s Island.Th is celebration of the Roaring ’20s, presided over by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, is a thrilling trip back in time, with Charleston contests, antique car exhibitions and vintage photo booths. Have a vintage-inspired soirée: On Sunday evening, after you’ve left Governor’s Island, head to Pier 62, in Chelsea, to board the vintage-style wooden motor yacht, dubbed Manhattan (Tickets: $56; sail-nyc.com), for a 90-minute cruise. Soak in the skyline and the stylings of the yacht’s jazz trio, the Sound Waves.<br /> <br /> 20 Full Bloom auG. 24 Orlando Bloom (right) and Condola Rashad (daughter of Ahmad and Phylicia) take up the mantle as lovers from the warring Montague and Capulet clans in Broadway’s latest take on Romeo and Juliet, scheduled to begin previews today at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46th St., romeoandjulietbroadway.com). Because Sleep is Overrated: You loved the off -Broadway smash Sleep No More, but did you know that the Manderley, the bar of the McKittrick Hotel (532 West 27th St.), also features special music performances, known only to fans who’ve gotten themselves on the hotel’s mailing list? Join up on Facebook to get the advance word on when acts such the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be in the house.