1 Expect an exodus of same-sex partners to flee New York for Vermont, where the gay-marriage law goes into effect today (even as Albany fiddles) …
2 … And you can celebrate your nuptials with the Pet Shop Boys at Hammerstein Ballroom.
3 The Giants host a (preseason) Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots, who will be led into town by surgically repaired, de facto New Yorker Tom Brady.
4 Say farewell to summer—and hello to Labor Day—with the last installment of Friday-night fireworks at Coney Island, under a full moon.
5 If you’re still in the city this weekend, make a day of it and take the tram to Roosevelt Island. Pack a picnic, then catch the Roy Orbisonian Ethan Lipton Orchestra in the free Roosevelt Live summer concert series.
6 Run to catch your last chance to see the odd and entirely enchanting Henry Darger exhibit at the American Folk Art Musuem.
7 Watch the Labor Day sunset from the roof of the Met, as the museum opens its doors to this season’s “Met Holiday Mondays.”
8 Congress returns from its summer recess, just in time to seamlessly pass that Health Care reform bill that’s enjoyed so much unanimous bi-partisan support. In other news on the simmering brouhaha front, the unending Astor trial resumes today after a brief hiatus.
9 See the much-awaited 9, produced by Tim Burton—not to be confused with District 9 and the much-awaited film version of the musical Nine. Or party at the grand opening of the Brooklyn Knitting Factory. Also, if you are a child, go back to school.
10 For the first time in 70 years, Vermeer’s Milkmaid is on view at the Met starting today. Don’t go. (Too crowded.) Instead, see the Sol LeWitt, James Turrell, and Maya Lin shows opening at Pace Wildenstein.
11 NYC Craft Beer Week begins. Bottoms up!
12 How can you resist Philip Seymour Hoffman playing Iago, literature’s greatest villain? Answer: You cannot. Get thee to the Public Theatre to see Othello.
13 The Giants regular season kicks off. All right, Eli: make good on that new $97.5-million contract extension. Meanwhile, at the U.S. Open men’s final: Is a Roddick-Federer rematch too much to ask?
14 The Jay Leno Show premieres. Admit it: You’re curious. Also, a new-and-improved Whitney Houston shows up on Oprah. Admit it: You’re really curious.
15 State-wide, voters cast their ballots in the primary elections. Worldwide, long-suffering Dan Brown fans descend on bookstores for his new thriller, The Lost Symbol.
16 Bravo, which lost its reality show Project Runway to Lifetime, attempts to recapture its mojo with Launch My Line, hosted by DSquared2 twins Dan and Dean Caten. Which one is Heidi?
17 Voice your opinion as public hearings begin in NYC over the MTA’s 50-cent surcharge on taxi fares.
18 Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Everyone else goes to the movies. Guys scratch heads over nearly impossible choice: Matt Damon in Steven Soderberg’s The Informant! or Megan Fox in not much at all in Jennifer’s Body?
19 Okay, it should be safe to see Vermeer’s Milkmaid by now. What—you thought we forgot?
20 Jets season opener. The tug-of-war between Eli Manning’s aw-shucks wholesomeness and Mark Sanchez’s Namath-swagger officially grips city.
21 This is the last day of summer. Mourn. Then take advantage of the free bike rentals at South Street Seaport, through the end of this month.
22 Save the date! Today is the deadline for filing Chapter-11 claims against Lehman Brothers in bankruptcy court.
23 Amnesty for tax evaders with money in Swiss bank accounts officially ends today. Also, President Obama arrives in New York to address the U.N. Maybe he’ll catch the premiere of Michael Moore’s latest, Capitalism: A Love Story
24 The G20 summit kicks off in Pittsburgh. New Yorkers reassure themselves of their continued financial supremacy by realizing they missed the deadline to file Chapter-11 claims against Lehman Brothers.
25 When they said they wanted to live forever, they weren’t kidding: A remake of 1980’s iconic arts-school film, Fame, hits movie theaters. Who plays Leroy?
26 Sports fans head to Yankee Stadium to boo the Red Sox; gays and grandmas to the Village Vanguard for a rare Barbra Streisand performance.
27 Anyone looking for fun, head to Harlem to enjoy the Third Annual African Day Parade.
28 Jews observe Yom Kippur. Also, the MTA shuts down the express B train to lower Brooklyn for the next two years—for repairs. Your trip to Brighton Beach just got 40 minutes longer.
29 Banner pop and cheese day! Choose from: Ghostface Killah’s Wizard of Oz–inspired CD, The Wizard of Poetry, Mariah Carey’s CD Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, or Dustin Diamond’s Saved By The Bell tell-all, released by a Montreal publisher after Gotham Books dropped it. (Too hot!)
30 According to the National Employment Law Project, over half-a-million Americans will exhaust their unemployment benefits today—just as Ben Silverman, ex of NBC, starts his new job, working for Barry Diller.