Who's Your Daddy
Gary Sheffield is the Yankees' MVP. Just ask him.
The 50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers
Our first annual (pseudo) scientific survey.

Hot Culture Calendar

14 Weeks of Freebies
Summer Film Guide
Street Fair Calendar

Seize an Empty Beach

Beach Reads for All Tastes
10 Beaches. No Car.
Rooftop Pools
10 City Pool Picks
How to Dive Like a Swan
Where to Catch a Fish
Where to Hire a Sailboat
Kayaking, Surfing, Scuba Diving, More

Get Sexy Summer Feet

Find the Last Peasant Skirt
Summer Workplace Dress
How to Buy a Bikini
Fake a Tan
The Look Book Goes to the Beach

21 Cool Foods

Where to Eat Outdoors
Fish Shacks
Grilling Guide
New on the Ice Cream Scene
BBQ Master Class
Best Grilling Gadgets
Hot Dogs: Summer Nosh

Rooftop Bar Guide

Bars that BBQ
Best Beer Gardens

Thursday Night Party Picks

How to Throw a Slip 'N' Slide Party
Songs of Summer

Flee the City Fast

Tips for a Last-Second Rental
How to Keep Housemates Happy
The Perfect Playlist
Trip for the Arts Inclined
Weekend Getaways
How to Get to the Hamptons

Travel to Tuscany Without Leaving Town

How to Sweat Less
Create a Bedroom Oasis

Make Your Hoop Dreams Come True

Coaches Who Can Turn Your Game Around
The Coolest Outdoor Exercise Classes
Newest, Craziest Roller Coaster
Roller Coaster Guide

How Not to Embarrass Them at Camp

Kids Test New Toys
When the Kids Are Away....
21 Summer Musts
The season's events you don't want to miss (assuming you can get a ticket), from genteel horse races to scrappy ball games, the philharmonic in the park to indie rock by the beach. —BY CARLA SPARTOS

2004 Belmont Stakes
Saturday, June 5, 12:30 p.m.
Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New York

City husbands with a tip on a sure thing no longer have to play hooky at the track thanks to OTB, but New York's biggest racing day still packs 'em in their weekend finest, especially with Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones poised to take the Triple Crown.

Museum Mile Festival
Tuesday, June 8, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Fifth Ave. from 82nd to 105th Sts.

Artfully dodge from one knockout museum to the next at this annual Fifth Avenue festival featuring free admission to nine institutions spanning 23 gloriously car-free blocks. The catch: You have but three hours to do it.

The Moth
Wednesday, June 16, 8 p.m.
The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South

The sidesplitting storytelling collective, a mix of talented nobodies and somebodies (and not always of the literary kind), pull out their mindful microscopes for "Blinded by Science! Stories of the Ologies."

Brewtopia Craft Beer Festival New York
Saturday, June 19, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th St.

An icy cold beer on a hot summer's day is one of life's great pleasures, and at Brewtopia, you can sample more than 100 microbrews from breweries such as Malt River and Three Floyds.

Summer Restaurant Week
Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25; Monday, June 28 through Friday, July 2
Restaurants to be announced

Check your calendar and pick a date: The city's top restaurants are serving three-course lunches for $20.12 and three-course dinners for $30.12. Just don't wait to the last minute to make a reservation. We gave you fair warning.

'Much Ado About Nothing'

Tuesday, June 22, 8 p.m., through August 7
Delacorte Theater, Central Park

It's time to grab a book and a beach chair and head to—no, not the Hamptons, silly!—that ridiculously long line snaking up Lafayette Street for Shakespeare in the Park tickets. This Bard go-round's got the usual list of high-wattage actors, including Kristen Johnston and Jimmy Smits.

Fahrenheit 9/11
Friday, June 25
Director Michael Moore's award-winning and controversial new film hits the city courtesy of the Weinsteins and no thanks to Disney. See it and discuss it over cocktails.

The Mets Vs. The Yankees
Friday, June 25, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, June 26, 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, June 27, 8:05 p.m.
The Red Sox Vs. The Yankees
Tuesday, June 29 through Thursday, July 1, 7:05 p.m.
Yankee Stadium, 161st St. and River Ave., Bronx

It's a week of showdowns at Yankee Stadium when the Bronx Bombers battle it out with those other hometown heroes, the New York Mets, not to mention the team we love to hate, the Boston Red Sox.

Sea-Town: The Mermaid Parade.

The Mermaid Parade

Saturday, June 26, 2 p.m.
The Boardwalk, at Astroland, Coney Island, Brooklyn

The city's artists need no good reason to don starfish pasties and rock lobster outfits, as the annual Mermaid Parade attests. This year, techno star Moby presides over the acquatically themed pageantry as King Neptune.

35th Annual Pride March
Sunday, June 27, noon
Fifth Ave. and 52nd St.

It's time to cheer on the queer masses at the annual Pride March, the spectacular culmination of a month of parties, parties, and, well, more parties. Its wild diversity and uninhibited energy will remind you why you live here.


The Yankees Vs. The Mets
Friday, July 2, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 1:20 p.m.; Sunday, July 4, 1:20 p.m.
Shea Stadium, 123-01
Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, Queens

World Championships can be so—yaawwn—boring, as fans of the perennial underdog Mets know. A victory here over the boys from the Bronx would be sweet.
View Masters: Rooftop Films.

Un-American Film Festival

Sunday, July 4, 8:30 p.m.
River Project, Pier 26, North Moore St. and the Hudson River

This independent short-film series (centered around themes like "Rural Routes" and "High Concept/Low Budget") screens flicks by the river or on a Brooklyn rooftop, so you're never wanting for visual stimuli. The "Un-American" festival features entries examining America from even further flung locales—and points of view.

'The Frogs'
Tuesday, July 6, 8 p.m., through July 24
Vivian Beaumont Theater, West 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.

This year's Lincoln Center Festival program is splashed with bold-faced names like Elvis Costello and Nathan Lane, who freely adapts the Aristophanes comedy in The Frogs, with new songs penned by Stephen Sonheim.

New York Philharmonic
Wednesday, July 14, 8 p.m.
The Great Lawn, Central Park

David Robertson conducts works by Ives and Schuman, Barber, and John Adams in this starry night of music on the Great Lawn, in which fireworks compete with the explosive onstage acoustics.

Siren Music Festival
Saturday, July 17, noon to 8 p.m.
Surf Ave. and 10th St., Coney Island, Brooklyn

The indie rock event of the summer features greasy-haired guys galore, including the heady discombobulation of talented locals TV on the Radio, gay-bar-going Electric Six, glammy rockers the Fever, sad saps Death Cab for Cutie, as well as And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Mission of Burma, Blonde Redhead, Har Mar Superstar, and more.

Monday, August 16 and Tuesdsay, August 17, 2 p.m.
Randall's Island

THE LOLLAPALOOZA TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED. This year's Lollapalooza lineup is its strongest in years, thanks to a Pixies reunion (the teenage musical discovery of the naughts—making you and I officially old), not to mention Morrissey, Modest Mouse, PJ Harvey, Le Tigre, the Flaming Lips, the Von Bondies, and more.

Downtown Soldiers: The Howl Festival.

Howl Festival
Tuesday, August 17 through Tuesday, August 24
Various venues

The second annual celebration of the East Village avant garde turns heads with Wigstock, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Festival, and a slew of events in the neighborhood's great free-thinking tradition.

'The Big Sleep'
Monday, August 23, dusk
Bryant Park

The Bogie and Bacall noir sizzler wraps up the Bryant Park film festival, proving there's nothing like rye whiskey and horse racing to get you in the mood.

RNC Protest
Sunday, August 29

Bloomberg's promise that "most people won't even notice [the RNC is] in town" is probably the only thing guaranteed to go unnoticed on August 29. Write your lawyer's number on your arm and bring your ID.

2004 US Open Championships
Monday, August 30 through Sunday, September 12
Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, Queens

It's time to shlep out to Queens for some hot court action and $9 lemonades. Or you can always check out the free qualifying tournament starting August 24.


West Indian Day Parade
Monday, September 6, 11 a.m.
Eastern Pkwy. between Utica Ave. and Grand Army Plz.
Calypso and calaloo come to the Eastern Parkway compliments of this massive carnival celebrating Caribbean culture.

Published May 31, 2004



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