The longest, toughest leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown goes down June 8 at the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes. It’s probably the least-known of the big three, but the party here is just as crazy. It’s the odd weekend when New Yorkers leave the city en masse, don big hats and cocktail attire, and pack themselves into Belmont Park, despite many not knowing a trifecta from a triceratops. After the race, you can join the jockeys at the Garden City Hotel, which features two restaurants from celebrity chef David Burke. Look for golfers there, along with a slew of celebs: June 13th through 16th, the 119th US Open comes to Sinnecock Hills.
If sports aren’t your thing, Long Island does have 120 miles of coastline. The beaches beyond the Hamptons -- like the ones at West Meadow and Long Beach -- are an excellent escape from the city during your New York expedition. Of course, those Hamptons beaches aren’t at all shabby, either.