The Best Week June 2013

Manhattan can have its Christmas time in the city. Give us summer on the Island: Playing hooky at the beach, holiday weekends packed with cookouts and fireworks. There’s a lot to do, so plan accordingly for your best week

Three Can’t Miss Events:

June 8
Belmont Stakes
Belmont Park, Elmont

The last race in the Triple Crown brings its brand of electrifying horse racing to New York. Start scratching your wagers together.

June 24-30
US Women’s Open
Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton

Watch some of the top earners battle for their share of over $3 million on this exclusive course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

June 18-20
John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension
Blue Note Club, New York City

Jazz legend John McLaughlin, the best living guitar player according to Jeff Beck and many other guitar gods, brings his jazz-fusion to NY.

Seven Great Days:

Treat dad to Father’s Day: Start with a gift from Stuff Men Want then off to Plattduetsche Park Restaurant’s newly opened indoor biergarten for a round. Or two.

Kick the week off with good ’cue order saucy ribs at Port Washington’s Harbor Q. Nearby Landmark on Main Street always has something good happening.

Play hooky and get in line early for free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park’s The Comedy of Errors, Bring Bank Robbers, the cocktail featured in this month’s Drinkology. Heads up: Plastic only, no glass allowed.

Grab dinner at Babylon’s Nocturne before heading to the Bulton Center for The Goonies on the big screen. Bring the kids and relive the film with them.

After work, drive to the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington Village for a one-of-a-kind exhibit featuring cars as the subject. Then head down the road to the Cinema Arts Centre for Before Midnight, a sequel that won’t disappoint.

Blow off some steam with craft brews at the newly opened Crooked Ladder before taking in the magnificent Suffolk Theater’s Beatles tribute with Strawberry Fields.

Everyone’s heading east, so beat the crowds and head west to bike Governors Island, you’ll have the place to yourself. Refresh on the way back by stopping at The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria and compare notes against Sunday.