The longest, toughest leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown goes down June 9 at the 150th 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 donning big hats and cocktail attire and pack Belmont Park, many not knowing a trifecta from a triceratops. After the race, you can join the jockeys at the Garden City Hotel, which just opened two new restaurants from celebrity chef David Burke. Look for golfers there: two days after the race, the 118th US Open comes to Sinnecock Hills, from June 11 to 17. The PGA major will welcome Tiger, Phil, and the rest of the world’s best golfers along with a slew of attending celebs.
Even if sports isn’t your thing, Long Island has 120 miles of coastline, and the beaches that aren’t in 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.