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Memorial Day Weekend Guide: NYC & The Hamptons

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In just a few short days, we are going to be kicking off the unofficial start to the summer season. Whether you stay in the city or spend your summers out east, The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a list of a few of our favorite happenings in NYC and the Hamptons. 

While we cannot wait to kick off the summer season, we also must take a moment to pause and remember the meaning of the Memorial Day Holiday. We would like to thank all of those that serve in the US Armed Forces and continue to protect our country every day. 

New York City:

Kings County Memorial Day Parade: There are quite a few different Memorial Day parades throughout the city, however, the Kings County Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge is the most iconic, in its 149th year. Following the ceremony there will be a 21-gun salute by the U.S. Army at Fort Hamilton. The NYPD and FDNY participate in the march, and antique fire trucks and autos are on display. 

The parade kicks off at 11am on Monday, May 30th at 78th St and Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. Take the R train to 77th St Bay Ridge Avenue or 86th St.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: The bi-annual art fair is returning to the streets of Greenwich village. Browse artwork on display by original artists from New York, the nation, and globally. The fair includes paintings, sculpture, and eco-friendly art and unique pieces that are available for purchase at substantially less than gallery prices.

The exhibit is free admission and will be running May 28-30 as well as June 4-5, 12pm-6pm. University Place beginning at East 13th down the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Gallow Green: Given the hot forecast, it looks promising for great weather to enjoy a rooftop bar. While we could have dedicated an entire post to rooftop recommendations, we are focusing on Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel for an experience different than other popular rooftops. The vibes of Sleep No More carry over to Gallow Green which is reminiscent of a garden party at an old farm, complete with fairy lights and an old railroad car. Try the punch bowls while enjoying the whimsical garden feel!

542 W 27th Street

Jacob Riis Park Beach

Jacob Riis Park Beach

Jacob Riis Park Beach: It is the unofficial start of summer, so why not visit one of the NYC beaches so enjoy some sun and sand? Riis has been gaining popularity thanks to the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and its famed bathhouse that has been transformed to a foodcourt. Vendors on site include Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue and Ample Hills Creamery. Other facilities include the Riis Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course and ball courts.

New York Beach Ferry provides service from Pier 11 at Wall Street and drops off at Riis Landing.

The Hamptons:

On The Montauk Green Art Show: The 8th Annual Memorial Day Weekend on the Montauk Green is coming to Montauk Village Green. Artisans from throughout New York and the country will be showcasing original creations including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, and ceramics. Admission to the show is free and it will be running Friday 12-6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm.

742 Montauk Highway, Montauk

In Montauk after the exhibit? Stop by the popular evening destination, Surf Lodge, and enjoying their live music. They have released the summer lineup, and Memorial Day weekend includes Bob Mosses on the 28th and The Arcs on the 29th.

Wolffer Estate Memorial Day weekend

Wolffer Estates: The annual summer events return to the Sagaponack vineyard starting this Friday.  You will not want to miss summer 2016's first installment of Sunset Fridays at the wine stand. Enjoy wine by the glass or bottle as well as cheese and charcuterie plates. 

Yoga in the vines will be returning to Wolffer beginning Saturday, May 28th. Some of the Hamptons' best yoga instructors will be conducting classes right in the vineyard. Drop in classes are $25 with packages available for purchase as well. More details and online reservation can be accessed here.

139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack

New Restaurants: The restaurant scene on the east end has seen some shuffling around, with land lords charging high rent being one factor. Two notable restaurants to consider are the Topping Rose House and Jue Lan Club.

Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House: You may be thinking that Topping Rose House has been around a while, true! However, this summer, Jean Georges is taking over the restaurant at the luxury hotel. He will be bringing and complete farm-to-table concept to the space. Call 631.537.0870 for reservations.

One Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton

Jue Lan Club: Jue Lan Club has been making waves in NYC since opening about 6 months ago, and they are coming to the old Savanna space in Southampton. The venue will open May 26th and features 200 seats, a late night lounge, and an outdoor cigar bar. They are accepting reservations now- call 646.524.7409 and ask for the Southampton location.

268 Elm Street, Southampton 

When you pick up your copy of Hamptons Magazine this weekend, be sure to look for our listing at 3 Maple Avenue featured with Compass!

Browse our beautiful new construction listings in Southampton:

3 Maple Avenue

3 Maple Avenue, Southampton

3 Maple Avenue, Southampton

117 Bridies Path, Southampton

117 Bridies Path, Southampton

*Open Houses will be held at these locations Saturday, May, 28th from 1-2:30pm.


Wishing a happy summer season to all!






Images: Gallow Green, NY TimesTopping Rose House.