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Guide: Labor Day in New York City & The Hamptons

Summer 2018 has passed by in the blink of an eye. We hope it was fun, eventful, and rejuvenating, and that you created new memories with family and friends along the way. Say goodbye to summer with a fun Labor Day Weekend. 

Check out top picks of what to do in New York City and The Hamptons for Labor Day. From sporting events to dining and boating, The Victoria Shtainer Team has curated a selection that is sure to keep you busy before you fire up your barbecue for the last time and say farewell to Summer 2018.

Hampton Classic

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The Hampton Classic is one of the "it" events on the Hamptons circuit. The show, well into its third decade, is well respected from locals and equestrian-lovers alike. Because of its stature, the Hampton Classic has received the status of "Heritage Competition" by the United States Equestrian Federation, making it only the second horse show ever to receive this designation. The event will be running through September 2nd.

Daily: $10/person with Children Under 6 Free.

Beach

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 If you aren’t in The Hamptons, there is no need to feel left out when it comes to the beach. NYC actually offers a lot of great beaches that many are unaware. The Rockaways has long been a crowd favorite, however, Jacob Riis Park, once overshadowed by the Rockaways, has become a destination for city goers looking to soak up some sun and sand.

The Riis Park Beach Bazaar has been going on all summer long, and has brought food, drinks, shopping, and entertainment to one of New York's best beaches. Catch the final series of the Get Summered DJ Series on September 3rd with the final installation of “Staycation with Get Summered & Friends” at the Riis Bathhouse Pavilion. The event is free to attend.

In addition to the final music series on Labor Day, there will be events all Labor Day weekend long at Jacob Riis Park Beach. For a full rundown on the events, visit their website here.

U.S. Open

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The U.S. Open is one of the most, if not the most, popular sporting events in New York. The event draws a celebrity crowd so do not be surprised if you spot one. Enjoy food trucks and live music on the grounds, as well as shops including Ralph Lauren who offers their special U.S. Open collection. There is a Heineken Café, Emirates Sports Café, Mojito Restaurant & Bar, and more on site for enjoyment.

The tournament will run through September 9h with Ticketmaster being the best bet to snatch up tickets. Prices starting around $60 for grounds admissions with ticket prices increasing depending on the day and stadium you are looking to go to.

Dining

For those on the East End, we created the ultimate Dining Guide in The Hamptons this summer. Check out one of hottest spots on our list. One of our favorites is Doppa La Spiaggia

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After splitting with Gabby Karan 2 years ago, Chef Maurizio Marfoglia kept the original space of Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor and rebranded it as Doppo La Spiaggia which means “After the Beach.” His restaurant remains a go-to spot and still serves of favorites such as Chicken Under the Brick and homemade pastas including squid ink tagliotini. Menu items include a northern Italian influence such as the seafood stew as Marfoglia hails from Lake Como.

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Staying in the city? Check out Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group. Situated atop 28 Liberty Street, Manhatta will offer you good food and jaw dropping skyline views. While the views are not the focus of the restaurant, they will certainly impress. In fact, the staff was trained with the blinds down so the view was not the focus, but rather the food and hospitality are the main focus. The dining room offers a pre-fixe, 3-course menu for dinner for $78, while smaller bites can be ordered at the bar in addition to a burger.

Boating

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 Finish the summer with a bang with a luxury boat charter in The Hamptons from True East Charters. Departing from Hampton Bays, Southampton, Sag Harbor, or your private dock, True East can accommodate up to 10 guests for half or full day charters exploring Long Island by water. Excursions can take you to/from Westhampton to Montauk, to North Fork, to Block Island, and Essex Connecticut. Enjoy the serenity of the water and take in the beauty of the East End to close out summer.