The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic sets polo stars under the ultimate city view.
Imran Qureshi’s installation on the rooftop of the MET
Sir Paul McCartney visits the Barclays Center in June.
A scene from last year’s Governors Ball Music Festival
When the temps heat up, the city’s calendar sizzles. We’ve picked the hottest events to take you straight through Labor Day.
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
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.
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, 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.
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. The 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 The Blue Fish (thebluefish.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.
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). The “Out There” tour features songs from throughout his career. For a post-show dinner fix: 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.
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